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merchant wine from Brunel Père et Fils, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, destemmed, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 12-15 months, filtered, 50,000 b

2011 ()

(vat) shiny, dark red. Soaked, old school, ripe and oily air with an accentuated maturity in its crop, so already there are date-rum cake, treacle notes. Food is a must for this, thus. The palate carries ripe, seasoned black fruit and prune flavouring, has an underlay of quite tight tannin. Stylistically this is apart from most Côtes du Rhônes which rightly seek easy drinking. Decant it, and help to ease the encased finish. 13.5°. To 2017.  €3.05 export. Oct 2012

2010

dark red; there is a dried black raisin depth in the nose, along with oily, prune and black stone fruit airs inside it. It spreads widely, offers plenty. There is a good, filled glass of wine here – it proffers nicely abundant black fruit, spice, has a lip-smacking texture, is all in good shape. Modern in style, with some local character. A very good example of Côtes du Rhône from 2010 in that sleek fashion, but with the all-important notch of its regional ID. Good balance, length. 13.5°. To 2018. €3.05 export. VALUE.  June 2013

2007

pretty red-purple robe; spiced, confident black fruits air in a broad, ample nose – raisin, sweet spice here. The palate fruit is settled – there are black fruits with a baked nature, as if from a dusty plain. It runs very consecutively, is a robust, honest local drop, good and wide. There are “dark” flavours on the end, a touch of Christmas cake, a shade of dry tannin. 14°. 2012. Feb 2009