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35-65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10-30% Carignan, 5-15% Mourvèdre from clay-limestone soils, hand harvested, 10-25% fermented by whole bunch macération carbonique, 80-90% destemmed, 6 week vinification at up to 30°C, 1 daily pumping over, part vat emptying/refillings, cap punching, concrete vat raised 8-18 months, filtered, “drink with grilled entrecôte steak, chicken cooked in herbs, rabbit with rosemary in tin foil, beef with ginger, rib of beef, braised vegetables,” 150-200,000 b

2017

dark red robe; the bouquet bears a neat aroma of blackberry with a note of raspberry fruit, an oily ripeness, the fruit well-cut. The palate links closely, issues enjoyable dark berry fruit content with well layered, en finesse tannins adding a couch of depth towards the finish. It finishes roundly, on a nicely filled curve. The juice is nice and free, persists well, and the aftertaste brings in notes of mixed herbs. 14.5°. From 2020. 2031-33 Mar 2019

2015

(vat) plum red robe. The nose gives a soft, plump aroma of raspberry, is all on fat and roundness. The palate holds a crackly content, blue fruit at its core. It fades towards the finish. It is easy and early wine, for grills. 14.5°. 150,000 b. €6.95. 50% Gren, 30% Cari, 20% Syr. Cairanne cru, not Villages wine. To 2020 May 2016  

2013

(vat) dark robe; sunny, rounded aroma led by black berry/cherry fruit, with a joli spot of sweetness at its heart, also a wee note of rosemary. This an inviting start. The palate is well balanced, centred on tasty, fluid black fruit with a spring in its step. This gives bonny drinking now: the fruit is expressive, has dash, is w.o.w. wine. Has a lovely long, mood music finish. 4 stars due to its eminently drinkable qualities. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% old Carignan, 5% Mourv. 2020-21  April 2015 

2012

(concrete vat) dark red. Here comes a violet aroma, some damp dark soil along with a fairly rich blackberry and a prune, black raisin depth to help it along: the nose hasn’t yet cut its traces to become ensemble, shows some lees, but the elements are in place. The attack is easy, bears raspberry fruit with some wavy appeal. There is immediate fruit to appreciate. This isn’t a real team yet, has creamy moments, shows some power, is a bit constructed. Warm tannins tuck into it. There is a tar note on the finish. 13.5°. €2.67 ex cellars. 62% Syr, 36% Gren, 2% Cari this year. 160,000 b. 2018-19  Oct 2013

2010 ()

dark red. Blackberry, low-key violet aroma, with scented prune. This has a Grenache heart, offers mystery, more to come, an air of Indian tea also. This is rich and fluid, a good combo. Sparky, flinty late moments cleanse the palate, leaving a smoky, garrigue uplands imprint. There are bundles of black fruit, squeezed prune, with spicing through it. The aftertaste glows, the finish solid and concentrated. From spring 2014. Quite a different wine from the one first tasted. 14.5°. 2019-20  June 2013  Previously April 2012 ***(*) good robe, purple depth in it. The nose is classy – has a quiet level of black fruit with snap from its tannins, the blackberry juice is accompanied by light chocolate airs. The palate comes out running, has verve, with that quality carrying it along above all. There are chalky, rather dry tannins towards the finish. This has a breezy, upright form, is best for youthful drinking. It is all in the here and now. 14°. To 2015 April 2012

2009

bright, full colour. Earthy, gummy, reductive but persistent and well-set blackberry in the bouquet. Juicy black berry debut, offers appealing, stylish fruit, even if it is a little singed towards the finish. Decant this. The length is steady, has a pure side to it, keeps going. From Sept 2011. 14°. 2016-17 April 2011

2007 ()

quite full red; ripe, long hang time fruit aroma – red berries, has a fundamental note underneath, black cherry across the glass, but is not very clear-cut. Taut and tight on the palate, lacks convincing fruit, is rather mean in mid-palate, a singed edge. Lacks fruit and texture on the second half, shows late tannin. 13.5°. To 2012. Feb 2009