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25% each Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, 1940s Carignan, can be 33% Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre with a little 1940s Carignan, from warm red clay, galet stone covered soils on Les Garrigues plateau opposite Beaucastel, destemmed, 3 week vinification, daily cap punchings, pumping overs, Grenache aged large barrel, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan new-1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, fined, unfiltered, “our least Grenache wine”, 20-40,000 b

2015 ()

(barrel/casks) dark, handsome red robe. The bouquet gives sweet blackberry jam and prune airs, light saltiness, peony floral notes. It has a low-key complexity, hidden pockets, smokiness. The palate gets off to an instant start, buzzes with mulberry, Tayberry fruit and cinnamon, and is backed by lithe, tarred tannins. The shape is upright, and this is a wine of drive, emphasis. The Grenache plum fruit is vibrant, the content on sinew for now. The tannins have a slight rough edging still. There is an aftertaste of menthol. This is proper Côtes du Rhône Villages, with character, ample energy and well-juiced length. Its clay soils have been very helpful this year. From 2019 – no hurry. 15,000 b. €15 at the cellars. 2027-29 Jan 2017

2014 ()

(barrel/casks) shiny red robe. The nose is broad, rather high octane, has a simmering depth of red berry fruit, a liqueur note about it. The palate is coated with a full-on red fruited richness, just a little exerted in feel. This speaks of warm vineyard lands, and has implicit power. 14°. 40,000 b. €15. From spring 2017. 2021-22 Oct 2015

2013 ()

dark red colour. Solid yet agreeably liberated nose with an air of blackberry, cordite, and a suggestion of herbs; it holds up well, is a serious start to the wine. The palate is firmly fruited with grainy tannin in close attendance. This is a grounded package, with some gras richness of Grenache at the mid-point. The finish is a wee bit tough for the moment. From mid-2017. 14°. 2026-27 GB £108/12 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com  Feb 2015

2012

(barrel/casks) healthy dark robe, fills the eye. There is an oily southern abundance on the bouquet, which displays black olive, a crisp note of licorice, centred on purposeful, forward and rich black berry fruit. The palate announces similar generous features; it has a big scale but enough balance to handle it, with a more menthol finish helping its clarity. Rolling waves of black berry fruit run through it. Grounded but stylish wine. A salty note in the fruit trickles out on the aftertaste, gives a bonny caress. From spring 2015. 15°. 2020-22  Oct 2013

2010 ()

(barrel/casks, bottling next month) full and dark robe; sweetly full aroma, lots of padding in it; there are licorice notes outside its prune and raspberry intensity. The palate shows a big 2010 bounty, is wide, and its fruits are mulled. It extends securely, has plenty of flavour, is juiced all though. The palate is rather worked on, gives a sense of extraction. That may have settled around 2014. From 2013. 2019-21 Feb 2012

2009 ()

nice dark, full red. Has a curvy, bonny aroma that is thorough, displaying complete black fruit – it extends and holds well, has a subtle sweetness. The palate is good: it links well with the nose, bears stylish black fruit and its tannins are ripe, well founded. Modern, precise Villages – not especially local, but good and well made. It is sleek on the finish. 15°, so is very ripe. €14, which is high for the basic category. One for lovers of big wines. Bottled March 2011. 2020-22 Feb 2012 Previously Oct 2010 ***(*) (barrel/cask) full dark red, with black tints. Lateral, compact, brooding nose – soaked black cherry, licorice, Victoria sponge rum cake in the aromas. Has a savoury black cherry flavour, is sleekly fruited, and runs into a set of light black pepper tannins, as well as a suggestion of oak. The fruit is fine, but currently overtaken by its oaking with power connected to that. The matter is ripe, has heart. It ends richly. From 2013. 2022-24 Oct 2010

2006

quite a dark robe; has a blackberry-sweet aroma, honey and rich airs in it – hasn't been forced to achieve this, is plenty deep. The blackberry fruit on the palate is convincing, with an oily, agreeable heart. It extends well, good and securely, ending in a round, accomplished way. There is a real good run of fruit on this, a wine that is near Châteauneuf-du-Pape status. It's richly appealing. 14.5°. 2013-15 Feb 2009

2005

dark robe; black berry aroma with tar in it, then a little airiness from its youth, also hints of game. Wholesome black fruits lie in the palate, with good tannic matter that directs it in the later stages. Powerful but purposeful wine, shows toast, grilling towards the finish. Esp mid-2009 on. Has done a typical 2005 move – enclosing itself, becoming more muscled since last tasted. Will sing around 2012-14. 2020-21 Nov 2007 Previously Dec 2006 ***(*) (final assemblage, for bottling July 2007) quite dark; the nose is profound, the top air is scented, has a core of raspberry. The palate is well packed, the mid-palate is savoury, and continues well. The tannins are ripe and lend good support. A wine of good balance, w.o.w. wine. Esp late 2007 on. 2016-17 Dec 2006

2004

closed, brewed fruits, nutty aroma. Macerated red berry flavour that has some end kick – this is solid, and its tannins need another 15 months to settle. From late 2007 or so. 2015-17 Dec 2006

2003 ()

broad, black jam bouquet, southern inspiration in its fullness. Attack shows Syrah black fruit, finishes solidly with some nerve from the Mourvèdre. Clear-cut fruit, length good, laurel aftertaste. Tannins apparent, some dryness on the finish that is typical of the year. Good character. Best with strong flavoured dishes, stew, casseroles. 2012-14 July 2005