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50% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah (vines av age 35 years) from clay-limestone soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 8 week vinification at up to 30°C, 1 daily pumping over, part vat emptying/refillings, cap punching, 70% concrete vat, 30% 228-litre oak casks raised 8-12 months, filtered, 50,000 b

2016 ()

(casks) full red robe; reduction lurks on the nose, so there is a “high” note in it, damp soil, an animal presence. Within, there resides an aroma of prune, sweet cooked plums, behind the reduction. The palate bears spiced Grenache content, a trail of grippy matter, up and down tannins present. It needs both time and air to improve its standing, to assemble. At base, it’s a hearty Cairanne suited to winter dishes. 15°. From 2021. Decant it. 2034-36 Mar 2019

2015

(vat/casks) dark red robe. The bouquet is reserved, sits on cooked red fruits and a smattering of herbes de Provence. The palate is lightly juiced but anonymous, lacks nuance, offers a plain run of red stone fruit. Low-key but acceptable Cairanne, for drinking from spring 2017. 15°. 50,000 b. €11.95. 50% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. To 2021 May 2016