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The Wines

75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, Mourvèdre from clay-marl soils on high slopes of Rasteau, hand harvested, mostly destemmed, 12-16 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, steel & concrete vat raised 12-15 months, filtered, has been sold as Rasteau or straight Villages, 40,000 b

2011

(vat) dark red. Oily, vinous, barbecue smoke air – there is an aroma of blackcurrant liqueur at its centre, the fruit here pretty clean. The palate gives suave, gourmand black fruit with licorice and a nutty coating in it; it ends on that nut, black raisin and toffee. A safe bet style wine made without extra flair, so is reliable. 2017-18  Oct 2012

2010 ()

fair red robe; prune, black raisin airs - a close-knit nose centred around Grenache, dark fruit, has a little sweet spicing. This is solid, well-lined, wide and persistent, provides a good, rather plentiful glass of wine. Sensible, sound quality, without the tickle of extra inspiration. 14.5°. €6.40 export. To 2018-19  June 2013

2009

quite a dark red; the nose is reserved, but has a certain elegance and depth – there is a wee sweet note in the air of blackberry jam, and it comes with some stuffing, is not yet especially varied. The palate is innocuous, safe: a rather supple black cherry fruit leads it, comes with a licorice, slightly smoky aspect. A safe boundaries Rasteau that will not convert or provoke. There is a late outpost of tannins with chalky cut in them, almost baked in nature. Can be decanted. To 2018 May 2012 Previously Oct 2010 **(*) (vat) quite full red; baked, raisin-prune aroma that is full and reflects ripe crop, a sort of Californian style. The palate has a fleshy, textured start – we enter straight into a world of mature flavours, although a little late scent alleviates its weight. Its richness is not truly integrated as yet – drink from late 2011. A few, rather than many, sips of this are recommended. 2016-17 Oct 2010

2007 ()

quite a full robe; has a biscuit, raisin tart aroma that comes also with toffee – its actual fruit is not evident. There is a ripe filling of fruit on the palate, however – plum red fruits, with Grenache at its heart. It is round and open now, but lacks a little dimension and interest – the palate is a bit flat, A touch of pepper shows up at the end. Workmanlike wine. 13.5°. 2011-12 Feb 2009