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60-80% Grenache (1980s), 20% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Counoise (cuttings from Sablet), Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Terret Noir (massale selection from Châteauneuf-du-Pape) from clay-limestone soils that do not have the right to produce Cairanne, hence mature Grenache, 10-12 day concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 6-8 months, unfined, filtered, organic, biodynamic wine, 20-25,000 b

2016

very dark, full robe. Reduction hangs above an ample, broad nose which has airs of refined black cherry, cassis. The palate holds good, wavy black fruit, with quite keen tannins; it makes a good run of dark fruit, has dash, but also good heart within. The finale is substantial, good. The live tannins are juicy and fulfilling, they “glisten”, are very high quality, with a late accumulation of fine powder from them.. This is joli, has class for a Côtes du Rhône. From mid-2018 there will be more nuance. 14.5°. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Counoise, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Terret Noir. 20,000 b. 2024-25 Oct 2017

2015

the robe is an inviting dark red with a good sheen in it. The bouquet is full and broad, has a savoury nature and layers of black cherry fruit, all in good shape and well prolonged. The palate is interesting thanks to a variety of flavours – fine black fruits, herbs, a near lavender tone. This is high quality red Côtes, a polished performer with local colour. It finishes well long, on a note of rosemary, dill. Good with veal, duck, monkfish. 14°. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourvèdre, Counoise, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Terret Noir. 20,000 b. 2022-23  June 2016 

2014

full dark robe. The nose is harmonious, not yet very expressive: a low-key air of black cherry is delivered en finesse, a touch of rosemary with that. The palate rolls consistently, never a false step, the fruit and tannin both smooth. Juicy and engaging. The aftertaste is fresh. It has its own little structure to allow evolution. Table wine. 13°. From late 2015. 2019-20  Apr 2015

2013

dark red. Has a blackberry liqueur air on the nose - this is a scaled up Côtes. The fruit is streamlined, quite luscious in nature. The palate produces a peppered theme, along with its crisp red berry flavour. I like its genuine, no-nonsense depth on the palate, so drink this with daube, beef or game stews. 13°. To 2019  Apr 2015

2012 ()

dark red; biscuity, red stone fruits aroma that is rather fat but also has a “high” fruit tendency; the bouquet spreads its net widely. The palate has a textured fruit debut, with a raspberry oiliness in the flavour, a perfumed note that resembles a Crozes Syrah from Les Chassis (southern zone), crossed with Grenache. There is a calm connection between the nose and the palate. A round, nicely ample finale in a wine that isn’t mainstream, and persists well. Good with veal and lamb, 13.5°. 80% Gren, 20% Syr this year. 2018-19  Oct 2013

2010 ()

(vat) firm, full red. Well-fruited, active bouquet – red berry, mulberry fruit with licorice and violet edging. Lively red fruit on the palate, comes with pepper, active tannins, good late spark. It ends running, is a breezy early wine. To 2015. March 2011

2006 ()

(vat) juicy, fruited nose with some reduction – the fruit within cleanly struck, the aromas well-founded. Direct fruit off the bat, with a typical southern, local flavour, and some late rose or floral influence. Bonny, with character. Length is good, and this is just right for quite early drinking. Esp from 2008. To 2011. To be bottled May 2007. Tasted March 2007