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60% Grenache, 20-25% Syrah, 15-20% Mourvèdre (late 1980s-mid-1990s), hand harvested, destemmed, 15-20 day vinification, pumping overs, manual cap punchings, 1-2 part vat emptying/refillings, steel vat raised 14-18 months, unfined, filtered, biodynamic wine, “drink with spiced dishes, grills, red meats, cooked vegetables”, 12,000 b

2017

dark red robe, a likeable aspect. The bouquet shows white pepper above a compressed aroma of sweet-noted red fruits, hints of herbes de Provence. The palate holds tenacious style content, the tannins on top from the mid-point, small pockets of red fruit here and there. It therefore needs another two years to get together. It can be fulfilling, and genuine, with extra time, carries definite promise, is a manly, muscled Cairanne with a certain tread in its step. 14°. 12,000 b. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv. From spring 2021. 2033-35 Mar 2019

2013

dark red; pretty big, brewed, chocolatey nose, with prune, ripe black berry fruit at its core. The palate is nicely full, all the content and tannin in step. It reaches out well on the finish, and has local strength in its veins, though that is never overdone. This is right on the money, genuine, STGT Cairanne. 14°. 2024-26 April 2015

2012 ()

quite a dark red. Briar, herbs airs with stone, plum fruit at its heart, a note of licorice. The attack gives bright fruit, with crisp tannins, and it ends full of pep. Ideal with grilled foods; it has backbone and cut, moves well as it finishes, running. Very sound, has a lot clarity. “Drink this with spiced foods, couscous, barbecue, ratatouille,” Yves-Jean Houser. 14°. To 2021 Apr 2015 Previously Oct 2013 ***(*) (steel vat) dark robe, lustrous; appealing black berry fruit aroma here, this is crunchy still, has a mild sweetness, the fruits for now are dark. A bit raw, time will help. The palate fruit attacks on mild, suave lines, shows black cherry and cassis, keeps going with body, has a sense of place. The tannins are round, medium depth. Refine the finish, and off we go: it isn’t far off ready. From mid-2014. 14°. Measured, sound Cairanne. €4.05 ex cellars. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv. 2017-18  Oct 2013

2009 ()

restrained red robe; has a primary, smoky red fruit aroma with a nutty youthfulness about it. The palate runs on an easy texture all through, has grain in its stone fruit, a quiet steeliness in its late tannins. Not far off ready. Good, authentic herbs, licorice, lavender aftertaste. From late 2012. 14°. To 2021-23 Feb 2012

2007

quite full robe; dark, smoky bouquet – offers tar, red berries with a dusty, peppery air, is not that generous. The palate is better than the nose – its fruit is quite ripe, mulled in part, and is backed by late grip and a growing tannic outlay. The length is OK. It is angular for now, but could gain more supple features if left until 2010. 14°. To 2018 or so. Feb 2009