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40% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah (av age of vines 46 yrs in 2015), from 3 of the highest of the 68 terraces on clay, stony, limestone soils at 300-350 metres, harvested very, very ripe at the end of October, crushed, destemmed, wild yeasts, 6 week vinification at 25°C, 4-5 very soft cap punchings, aged 80% concrete vat, 20% new 228-litre oak casks 20 months, unfined, filtered, "a micro cuvée to express the essence of the terraces, selecting from just 2 or 3 of them to go beyond the Hauts de Montmirail wine", 2,900 b

2013 No Rating


2012 ()

the robe is dark, rather impenetrable, indeed a secret. The bouquet isn’t straightforward – it gives comings and goings of blackberry, blueberry, buffed black leather, and some rosemary. The palate presents a lovely fluid front, with a notably sustained, engaging, billowing finish, a real wave of bounty there. There is tarry but fresh leave-behind. It bears a sleek, full coating, and all-important pockets of freedom, a spark of clarity. It is a big wine, but it has the balance for a good future. The finish is really impressive – it really struts as it closes. “It is creamy, kirsch in style,” Laurent Brusset. It is actually 15.3° with 2.6 gm of residual sugar. €40. 2032-34  Apr 2015