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100% Grenache (1920s-1940s) from yellow sand with a little clay on 1.7 hectare on Guigasse (N-E), 2-3 week whole bunch concrete vat vinification, natural yeasts only, small pumping overs, aged 4-10 year 600-litre oak casks 24 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2009, not made in 2014, organic wine, 4,000-4,800 b

2017

(casks, bottling Sept 2019) dark plum red colour. Blackberry, elder berry fruits twin the nose, which has bosky, woodsy sidelines. It smoulders with an authentic Châteauneuf ground force, is wide and confident. The palate is robust, spiced, holds Grenache red fruits with chalky, still rugged tannins. There are cool notes inside, and it drives along well, has character, is long. 14.5°. 4,800 b. 100% Grenache. From spring 2022. 2040-42 Oct 2018

2016

(cask, bottling Sept 2018) very dark, shiny robe, legs visible. The nose has free and open aroma of black berry fruit, soaked cherries, is ample. There is a note of black raisin, dark chocolate. The palate has a thorough depth of concentrated, smoky black fruit with some tenacious tannins out on the front end of the late stages. This is a chunky wine still finding its way, and less laid back than the other Cristia 2016 reds. There is carbonic gas-aided freshness on the close. 14.5°. 4,800 b. From 2021: time required. 2039-42 Oct 2017

2015

(cask) red robe, a little darkness. There is reduction on the nose, which has a meaty intensity, grilling, airs of grape skins, rather fiery raspberry. It needs three to four years. The palate travels on a supple wave of dark red berry, holds tannins of refinement, the finish gummy for now. It’s quietly muscular, has a strong heart, and needs leaving until 2021. It’s still on its lees, very much in the cellar. The juice is thick, the length assured. It can gain in all round expression. Decant it. From 2021. 2037-40 Oct 2016