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50-60% Grenache (early-mid-1980s), 30% Syrah (early-mid-1980s), 10-15% Mourvèdre (early-mid-1980s), 5% Cinsault from limestone (higher up) & sandy soils (lower down) on 3 terraces at Domaine La Renjarde at Sérignan du Comtat, mostly hand harvested, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification of varieties together at 25°C, daily pumping overs, press wine can be included, steel vat raised 8-9 months (before late 2010s raised concrete vat (2015) or 25% 4-year 228-litre oak casks 12 months), unfined, filtered, first wine 2013, “drink with ratatouille, tian, grilled or barbecued lamb cutlets, spaghetti Bolognese”, organic wine, 50,000 b

2018

dark robe, a plum colour; the bouquet is suave, furnished with liqueur black fruits, a sweet cassis and blackberry mix. It’s modern, svelte in style. The palate is effusive, with a ready, rolling wave of black fruits, backed by supple tannins that lend a powdery contribution, the finish well rounded. It’s adapted to early drinking via its smooth texture, with the fruit its most prominent card. It gives an instant, pretty full pleasure, and will be suited to red meats, beef dishes. It has neat balance and wide crowd appeal. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv. Bottled 16 May 2019. 2025-26 July 2020

2016

dark red robe with a little lightness at the top. The nose has a concentrated quality, a black berry jam air with smoky topping, bacon. The palate is enjoyable, rather dense with a sleek covering of black fruits, closely packed. It hasn’t opened up its second half yet, and will gain length and breadth if left until mid-2018. It lasts pretty well, is a smoky, tight wine with solid content. 14°. 2022-23 Aug 2017

2015 ()

dark, sober red. The nose is broad, forward, brims with ripe, copious red berry, mulled fruit, toffee and licorice present. It’s clean and clear, not especially varied. This is tasty, supple, has a good ring to its red berry fruit, persisting with a cosy sweetness. The aftertaste is on licorice, salt. It holds plump, fluid content with steady length. It’s a safe player, lacks the character of the progressive Village domaines. It shows some power on the finish, an inner glow. 14°. 2021-22 Feb 2017