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10-60% Grenache (1905), 40-90% Mourvedre (1905) planted all mixed together from yellow top, blue under clays with 40% active limestone soils on Les Douyes on Quartier Saint-Martin site, 0-5% Counoise (1920), plant density of 2,500 per hectare, 15-20 hl/ha yields, 2 week vinification, pumping overs, at 1040 density juice taken out, oak racks (claies) put in on the cap to submerge it, juice pumped back in, large 22 hl barrel-raised 14-18 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 1985, called Cuvée Prestige until 2010, organic, biodynamic wine, 6-15,000 b

2017

(large barrel) dark robe; the bouquet is well lined with blackberry, rather copious fruit with a sure heart, some notes of rose hip, dried flowers. The palate is expressive, assured in its roll out of fluid, tasty black berry fruits, the tannins supple and nicely deep. It’s well orchestrated, with a good harmony about it. It captures the stylish qualities of Cairanne well, and has good balance. From mid-2020. 2032-35 Mar 2019

2016 ()

very dark red robe; the nose expresses the south, shows black olives, blackberry jam fruit, carries a sweet thickness. The palate commences on good iron-like tones, a coolness that brings vitality after the nose. It’s broad and thorough, really prolonged. There is density in the finish from the scale and the tannins, with further nudges of the south in its flavours and oiliness of texture. Good, complete Cairanne here that gains in stealthy fashion as it goes, which adds intrigue. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 40% Mourv. From spring 2020. 2036-38 Mar 2019 Prevbiously Oct 2017 ****(*) (22 hl barrel, bottling July 2018) very dark robe of black and purple. The bouquet is classy – wham! Red and black berries show, very good integration between the Grenache and Mourvèdre, raspberry-loganberry fruit. There’s a nudge of red meat. It is serene, carries joyful depth, is a Grand Seigneur. The palate presents rich elegance, good gras with its natural oily depth and curved, shapely tannins that just increase in darkness before the finish. There is a blood-like effect, with herbes de Provence. This is complex, interesting, thorough. “2016 was a quite delicate year – it was very dry, and we expected rather hard tannins, but they are actually quite fine,” Frédéric Alary. 15 hl/ha. 60% Gren, 40% Mourv. From 2021. 2035-37 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(large barrel) dark red colour. The nose sits back, but a gracious aroma of discreet raspberry lies within. It is very young. The palate presents red berry fruit flavours and a hint of herbs, with an asserted set of tannins, a note of licorice from them. This goes quite long, is stylish, and will show well from 2018. 14.5°. 7,000 b. 60% Gren, 40% Mourv. Cairanne wine, not Villages. 2023-24  May 2016 

2014 ()

(large barrel) dark robe; blackberry fruit with a “high” angle leads an inky depth nose that plunges quite deeply, has a menthol quality. The palate gives streamlined, slightly stretched content, the black fruit a shade taut. For now, acidity is a little on top, but the comfortable, savoury finish bodes well. From mid-2016.  2021-22  April 2015 

2013

(large barrel) dark red robe. Shiny, rather brilliant air of black berry fruit, like jelly with that spot of sweet and easy appeal. It is in a juvenile, natural state. The palate is lined with sleek fruit from the off, and that leaves a tasty imprint. Fine, slightly charcoal tannins sit on the finish. Modern, accomplished Cairanne with very joli fruit, good plumpness delivered en finesse. The balance is good. 90% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache this year, and raised 30 months to allow the Mourvèdre tannins to smooth. 2021-22  April 2015 

2012

2 bottles tasted, 1st bottle has cork taint. Bottle 2: has a dark fruit aroma, licorice and mulled raspberry – it is pretty deep, shows slightly grilled notes. The palate starts on a solid base of dark berries, and runs with vigour, energy: it is intense, and its clarity and length render it on a high class scale, a wine to be patient with. The second half of the palate is still tight-knit, and it can expand there with time. From 2017. 10,000 b. 60% Gren, 40% Mourv. From 2017. 2027-28  Apr 2015

2011 ()

sound depth of red in the robe. There is a light note of reduction on the nose which has a raspberry fruit heart, comes with a floral trim, breathes elegance. The palate delivers a sturdy start, reflects sunny lands, is concentrated almost to the point of too many people riding in the lift. Stone red fruits, gras and quite rich tannins are all in here. It serves a punchy finale – no dainty tread there. Drink with game, stews. Allow air to loosen it. The exit is lip smacking. From spring 2016. 2024-26 Apr 2015

2010

dark, oily robe. Has a big canvass nose – a rich roll out of honey, coffee, blackberry liqueur, discreet licorice. The palate is a rich envelope of abundant blackberry fruit, has sweet and ripe notes, a willing depth. Its tannins fit in well, are deep and bendy. This travels profoundly and widely, and its late flourish of raspberry, oily fruit is impressive, and gives reassurance for its future. This is a prolonged palate, with scope for more. From spring 2014. 14.5°. 2022-23.  60% Gren, 40% Mourv this year, last year it is called Prestige. Oct 2012

2009

full robe. Blackberry air, grated, smoky stones notions, licorice – a good amount here. The palate is broad and wholesome – the first half is wide and generous. The second half is tight, complete, drawn in. A lot of potential. The end is dry, baked for now, in the 2009 vintage manner. From late 2012. 12,000 b this year. 2019-21 March 2011, Cairanne Previously Feb 2011, Paris **(*) dark red; suave, accomplished bouquet that shows properly ripe fruit, soaked black cherries or griottes and licorice: it is still very primary, reflects the heat of parched plains, is not yet varied. The palate does not prosper with air: it starts as a gourmand, fleshy fruited wine with inherent power. Alcohol emerges on the end, and declares itself on the finish, where there are grainy tannins. Has a delicate balancing act to contain its power. There is a tendency to curl at the finish with air, and it becomes hollow after 90 minutes. A heated wine overall. I can only suggest it needs more bottle time to settle, but this is disappointing (drunk in Paris). 14.5°. 2019-20 Feb 2011

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2005 ()

great, lovely, rounded bouquet with bags of character, striking. Black fruit with heart on the palate, good punch and length, with tannins, licorice, herbs here. Vrai, true to its place. Delightful width and richness with ace tannins in back. 2019-22 March 2007 Previously Dec 2006 ***(*) good, full robe. Bouquet shows softly brewed black fruits with chocolate touches, as if the Alarys were reaching for high maturity in the crop – there is a raisin outer edge to it. Black fruits with a rounded texture, but underlying grip as it continues. Served rather warm (in Stockholm). Length is sound. “This year is perhaps a little more marked by the Mourvèdre than usual,” Frédéric Alary. Dec 2006 Previously June 2006 (vat) **** bold, black robe. Nutty, quite firm nose, raw young wine, with pistachio, and spices that are soft from the Counoise – white peppers rather than black, for instance. There is a flow of richness from the start, has a juicy, soft texture with tannins arriving on cue. Good balance, plenty of internal power – is 15°, not a surprise. Tannins need leaving till 2008-09. Very long. There is dynamic fruit in this, and it will sing a sweet tune around 2010-14. Due for bottling Nov 2006 2017-20

2004 ()

a little raspberry jam, licorice on the nose, with black olives – this is classic of the south, an aroma that stands up well. Berry star to palate – blackberries, loganberries. Does well in mid-palate, is ripe and round at the end. A good, touch potent finale, but has richness through to the finishing line. Esp 2008 on. 2016-18 June 2006 “I think it has a freshness that is very important in a year like 2004. I find sage, pepper and mint in it,” F.Alary

2003 ()

solid, black berry jam nose that is big but not oppressive, and is lifted by a floral, peony air. Tasty, succulent attack, a wine with sucrosity that is clear, not sticky, very tasty. Can be drunk solo, as well. Some end tannin, it persists well. 2015-16 “This should be decanted 2-3 hours in advance,” F.Alary Previously March 2005 ***(*) cohesive bouquet, stylish and smacks big time of the herby garrigue. Good quality fruit, oily and refined, holds a silky texture, its tannins are well founded. Tasty wine. Esp 2007 on, 2012-13 March 2005, Cairanne

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED