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60-70% Grenache (1950s), 30-40% Syrah (early 2000s) from deep clay-limestone soils near River Aigues, destemmed, 10-15 day vinification, light pumping overs, cap punchings, steel vat raised 3-4 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with charcuterie, pizza, white meats”, biodynamic wine but a cheap cork, 6,000 b

2015 ()

nicely deep red robe. The nose is restrained, but has cards to play, gives a garrigue-swept bundle of herbs, nutmeg, and an inset of red berry, raspberry. It has a cool togetherness, a dab of vanilla, hints of blueberry, a slight yeastiness. The palate is lithe, close-knit, the texture grainy; its red fruit juice is compact, and squeezes out on stage for now. It’s like a dog on a leash, under max restraint. It is a little strict at present, but has purity and integrity. It ends well and freshly, on the up. From mid-2017. 14°. 6,000 b. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. €4 export. 2023-24 Jan 2017

2014 ()

quite a dark red; blackberry, brambly fruit aroma, with a grainy, dusty side to it. The palate is cool in approach, unlike many sun-filled, easy 2014s. The tannins are chalky, upright, and the wine needs 18 months to suggest an ensemble. I am not sure about this: it is out of step with the general ease of the year. Bottled six weeks ago – perhaps that is clamping it down. 14°. 2020-21 Apr 2015


fair red. Supple, floral, dried flowers, pot-pourri scented raspberry air, with a light licorice cut in it.  This is easy-styled wine, has a plump little ball of red berry fruit with a lightly sweet, fruit pastille finish. Agreeable, undemanding ,low profile wine. A touch of flint and smoke on the finish adds pep to it. 14°. €3.20 export. To 2016  June 2013