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The Wines

50% Grenache (1960-70), 50% Syrah (1950) from clay-limestone soils on Vitalis, hand harvested, destemmed, varieties vinified apart, 25-30 day vinification, regular pumping overs, 1-2 light cap punchings, aged 3 year 225-litre oak casks 8 months, unfined, filtered, 3,250-4,000 b

2017

(vat) dark red, healthy robe; the bouquet is broad and rolling, on bright, open raspberry liqueur style fruit, an inner note of oxtail, and a touch of charcoal. It’s a provocative, good southern opening. The palate carries suave, live back fruits with a hint of oak through it that gains as it goes; it lengthens most surely, delivers a good, late flourish. This has bundles of life in it. 14.5°. From spring 2021, less oak then. 2033-35 Mar 2019 

2016 ()

full red colour, right to the brim; meat stock, brooding airs lead the nose, with prune fruit ripeness at its centre, blueberry, soaked black cherries in attendance. It’s a full start. The palate comes with a coated texture, swims on its rolling, wavy black fruits, hints of garrigue menthol along the second half. It carries 2016 generosity and liberty in its delivery. It’s really juicy, which perks up one’s interest, gives it dash. The aftertaste is smoky. There’s plenty here to entertain. Decanting helpful. 15°. 4,000 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. 2035-37 Mar 2019

2014 ()

very dark, very full red robe. There is attractive bounty on the nose, a smooth depth of black berry fruit with some reduction from the Syrah, so decant this or allow it to breathe. It is elegantly full, nicely in the instant. This is broad, enveloping wine with stone fruits, dates-prunes flavouring, and tar notes towards the finish. It’s a good 2014, feels carefully selected so the yield wasn’t too high – hence there is appealing density. It does most of its business on the early-mid palate. It’s hand made, genuine Cairanne with good sap and darkness, riding its degree well. 15°. To 2022 Oct 2017