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60% Grenache (1970s, mid-1950s), 40% Syrah, from Pied Redon, destemmed, separate 3-4 week vinifications in oak vats, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 60% 228-litre and 600-litre oak casks, 40% steel vat 12 months, unfined, lightly filtered, first wine 2003, 4-12,000 b

2012 ()

(casks) dark red; elegant black cherry air, a cosy roundness – this nose will expand and vary steadily and well, shows a touch of the garrigue. The palate is centred on elegance, holds a calm fruiting, bears sleek, “spotless” tannins that wrap around it. A Safe Operator style Châteauneuf that is polished, textured. It could have a shade more oomph, carry, buzz. It doesn’t really come together. Decant this, and wait. From spring 2016. Especially around 2019-22. 15°. 4,000 b. 2026-27  Nov 2013

2010 ()

(casks) quite dark. Broad, gummy and ripe fruit air, plum and sweet notes of welcome, attractive width. The palate follows on well from the nose – there is consistent, continuous delivery all through – good ripples of flavour reach out. The tannins are nice and ripe, and fit into it well. It ends on an agreeable texture. From spring 2013. 2025-28 Dec 2011

2007

(casks) purple, dark red robe; broad, latently full nose – it is a beefy aroma, a mix of black fruit and Bovril – it is both compact and full. There is likeable fruit straight away on the palate – savoury, juicy and has a round, sustained attraction. Good heart, good length in this genuine operator. It sustains all through, has plenty of pedigree, and its fruit and tannins are well combined. Classy, and local character. From mid to late 2010. 2025-26 Nov 2008

2003 ()

prolonged, deep nose with a savoury heart, some licorice and hickory smoke encircle it. Firm start to palate, indeed a tenacious do. Has a locked in feel, the oak grip is present but isn’t overtaking its taste. Difficult to judge this young. Needs to open and loosen. Its length is sound, so can go on and get out and about. From mid 2008. 15°. 2019-21 Feb 2006