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75-85% Grenache (1960s), 15-20% Syrah, 0-5% Mourvèdre from the stony clay-limestone soils on Plateau des Garrigues at Sarrians, destemmed, varieties fermented apart, 3-4 week vinification, destemmed, crushed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, Syrah aged new 225-litre oak casks, part Grenache aged 600-litre oak casks – total 20%, 80% concrete vat raised 12-18 months (up from 8-9 months into mid-2010s), unfined, unfiltered, 32,568 b, up from 6,000 b


(new, used casks/vat) dark robe; the nose suggests black olives, well judged black fruit ripeness, is a discreet opening, more to come. The palate bears stylish content, with a fineness of fruit, spicing and a little crispness in the tannins that helps to lift the minted finish. This is appealing, can come together well, has local virtues, good pinpoint qualities. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €7.59 export. From 2022. 2033-35 Feb 2020


full, attractive robe; the bouquet has a nuggety nature, is close-knit, on oak and dense black fruits, has a muscular side. The palate presents a slightly more open face, carries well-filled black fruit content with oak trailing through it, the oak about OK. The juice is present but restrained by the oak. I’d prefer less oak: its presence is largely handled by the steady richness. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €7.59 export. From mid-2021. 2032-34 Feb 2020


(concrete vat/casks) healthy dark red robe. The bouquet reflects brewed black fruits with some oaking, a little sweetness. The palate is juicy and easy to appreciate, backed by some sweet blackberry fruit. It’s a wine in the instant which is a bit flattering, but will go down well with a rib beef, for instance. There are peppery touches along the palate, and powdered tannins on the close. 32,568 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. GB£14.99. From mid-2017. To 2022. Apr 2017

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quite a dark red colour; the nose gives an air of cooked, spiced plums, with the palate offering Grenache-derived soft, sweet red fruits that have a jam manner. This is low-key, but pretty honest. The mulled plums flavour is suited to stews, for instance. It’s rather oxidative. 14°. US$26.99. £12.99. Now to 2019. Dec 2015


dark red. This has an air of sweetness in its red fruit, with mulled raspberry the first impression, some blackberry. There are slight game notes, too. The palate has a flattering sweet red jam flavour; it fails to be really nuanced and local. The sweet red fruit jam theme continues. A low-key Vacqueyras with a light drift of spice here and there. The late texture is gummy. It lacks structure, is “OK”, but . .  14.5°. To 2018. €10.50 at cellars.  May 2013  75% Gren, 20% Syr, 5% Mourv this year. May 2013


quite a full robe; supple black fruits, easy floral air, sweet raisin in the bouquet. Soft and drinkable palate that runs along easily, is already accessible. The black cherry fruit persists. A wine of no complications, but is simple. 13.5°. 2011-12 Feb 2009