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The Wines

40-70% Grenache, 10-20% Syrah, 10-20% Mourvèdre, 10-15% old Carignan, 0-10% Cinsault at Courthézon, 80% destemmed, 12-15 day vinification, cap punching, pumping overs, aged 80% large barrel, 20% used 228-litre oak casks 8 months, then vat raised 1-5 months, 3 bottlings a year – June, September, December, fined, filtered, 60-80,000 b

2015

(vat/large barrel) shiny red robe. The nose is set back in the glass, offers a little spice and plum fruit, a touch of elegance in it. The palate links closely to the nose, with a white pepper and red berry fruit ensemble. Pretty clean drinking, for grilled foods. It travels directly, hasn’t the breadth of the best wines this year. From late 2016. 13.5°. To 2020  June 2016 

2014 ()

red robe; has a soft, slightly sweet red berry fruit aroma, a touch of baking. The palate gives an immediate surge of raspberry, red cherry flavour with a nuggety, baked tannin presence after that. The attack is fresh, the finish similar. It needs a winter to absorb some late power, but it travels a pretty long way. 14°. From mid-2016. Bottled Aug 2015. 2019-20   Oct 2015

2013

bright red robe. The nose is clearly presented with blackberry, soaked raspberry, mixed herbs, local feel. Attractive red berry fruits starts the palate, which comes with good and keen freshness and late precision. This is real good, well made, STGT wine, with salt on the finish. 13.5°. 2020-21 May 2016 Previously Sept 2015 ***(*) clear purple-red robe. There is an attractive warmth on the nose – blackberries, black olives, some herbs and dust, a tiny bit of sweetness. The palate starts with a good ball of gras richness, is pretty supple at first, has a sound savoury width across it. The second half is fresh, as per the vintage, and gives light crunch tannins and licorice darkness on the end. Drink at the bar wine with character, helped by the clarity of the finish. Grilled meats, barbecues suited as well. 13.5°. To 2020 VALUE at NOK 130 in Norway Sept 2015,Oslo

2012

steady Grenache plum red; the nose offers interest, involves the South faithfully, gives wisps of summer flowers, rose, with the plum fruit very typical. The palate is in the here and now, drinks with ease, shows spice veins through its cooked plum and strawberry fruit. Naturally made wine. There is a light, good, late note of smoke and flint. 13.5°. 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% old Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault this year. €3.90 export. To 2018  Oct 2013

2011

quite a dark red, with light purple. Has a sturdy, steady nose with blackberry at its centre, smoke and dark soil aspects – a little, enjoyable mystery resides in it. The palate holds the interest straight away – it packs in prune, fluid blackberry, licorice, while there is welcome life in its tannins which extend it well. There is a bonny freedom in its depth, it keeps going well, and isn’t overdone. It carries its fruit a long way, and the sign-off flavour comes back to prune and licorice. Exactly what a good, structured Côtes du Rhône should be – it is drinkable and interesting, and suited to food. 14°. 2018-19  Dec 2012

2010

rather dark red; wide, and as yet unlocked nose that is full of brewed fruit, and is big enough to show black raisin, grilling and smoked bacon airs, a thorough ripeness. The palate is similar – carries a chunky sort of fruit, has a grounded depth. Grenache drives it along (tasted blind), covers the palate across and along, and it ends on a surge. Its power is just under control. High tempo, full Côtes du Rhône suited to casseroles and dishes with plenty of flavour. From late 2012. Can be decanted. 14°. €7. Bottled Sept 2011. 2019-20 Feb 2012

2009 ()

red, black, mauve tints at the top of the robe. Has a really wide travelling, broad and rather muscular nose – herbs, prune, grated chocolate. The palate flows well – there is richness in both bouquet and palate, which is wide and sustained, ending on chunky, deep set power and flavour. The tannins need until late 2011 to settle in further. There is a lot of wine in the glass. This gives definite bang for the buck. It is overtly powerful, but not overdone. It will be most interesting around 2014-17. 14.5°. 2019-21. 50% Gren, 20% Syr, 15% Cari, 10% Mourv, 5% Cinsault this year. Oct 2010

2007

the bouquet tightens with air; the first release gives violet, earthy, plum fruit notes - an early abundance, then baked stones take over. This is big on the palate – big fruit, big flavour; its tannins are all melded in, so there is nothing to impede its progress along the palate. Brassy, prominent wine that lacks subtlety, but offers plebty of delivery. 13.5° 2013 or so. April 2009

2006 ()

black fruit pastilles and jam aroma, a little pepper. The palate offers easy richness that traverses the palate well; the fruit holds up well. The length is correct. Shows a few late tannins. The Mourvèdre and Carignan introduce plenty of quite firm, late appeal. Good wine for food such as daube, beef stews. 2011-12 Nov 2007

2005

peppery, direct nose that is quite well weighted. The palate delivers tight-knit fruit that comes with a clear grain and decisive tone. Gains some chewy moments near the finish, where it is crisp. “It was more rounded before we bottled it yesterday,” Isabelle Sabon. From spring 2007. To 2011. Dec 2006

2003

peppery, good grain in the bouquet, some terroir. Plum fruit, then shows a mix of peppery violet, a meat and herb mix. 2009-11