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70-75% Grenache (1950s-1970s), 20-30% Syrah, 0-5% Cinsault, Mourvèdre on a mix of brown limestone, marl & red soils above sandstone at 250 metres, hand harvested, mostly destemmed, pre-fermentation cool maceration, 12-16 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, steel & concrete vat raised 12-15 months, filtered, 40-90,000 b

2015

(concrete & steel vat) dark red colour. The nose is broad and carries potential, bundles red and some black stone fruits together. This runs with bonny, rolling black stone fruits, has a little smokiness and quietly salted tannin as it closes, all very clear. Attractive and appealing. It gives some local glow on the aftertaste. 14.5°. 65,000 b. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. €6.40 export. From late 2017. 2023-24  May 2016 

2014 ()

(concrete & steel vat) dark red robe. An air of juniper sets the nose in motion, implying a lot of ripeness, a car boot filled with plenty of fruit. The palate gives sweet herbs of the garrigue with plum fruits from the Grenache. It is high octane in leaning, and will be suited to braised meat dishes, a long time in the simmering and making. 14.5°. 65,000 b. 70% Gren, 30% Syr.  From 2018. 2023-24  May 2016 

2012

matt dark plum colour; the nose is reserved, on the back foot – there is a subdued air of plum fruit and some mixed herbes deProvence. Maybe decanting will coax out more. The palate bears low-key but correctly sustained matter, a cooked red plum or red berry central spine through it. This is low-key Rasteau, just a bit on the arm’s length side of things. It is ready now. 14.5°. 90,000 b. €6.80 export. 2018-19  Apr 2015

2010

bright, three-quarter depth red. Dark red berry, vanilla air – the bouquet is still young and flushed with rosy-cheeked promise; it hasn’t yet developed variety. The palate is a good ensemble: it holds purposeful, well-struck red fruit, well-fitting tannins, good continuity. Its freshness is very good. The fruit is subtle and persistent. Modern, successful Rasteau, well-balanced, too.  14.5°. 2022-23  Sept 2013