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100% Grenache (1902-03 from La Gardiole, sandy), destemmed crop, 3-4 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, 3-4 part vat emptying/refillings, raised steel vats 12-24 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2006, 5-6,000 b

2017

(steel vat) regular red, Grenache-centric robe. The nose sits with a brooding, sultry manner in the glass, thick strawberry jam that you can stand a spoon in, is very 2017 vintage. This is dense! The palate surges out immediately on spiced, thick red-fruited content, with late tang and gunflint. The tannins are firm, not intrusive. This is firmly fuelled, complete wine; allow until 2023, serve in a large glass. 16°. 1,700 b. 2042-44 Oct 2018

2016

(vat) shiny dark red colour. The nose gives a curvy air of raspberry fruit, but its power can be sensed, above the flattery of the liqueur fruit. It appears rounded and tuneful on the surface, but . . . The palate rolls out an oily content with red fruits, raspberry and mulberry in the lead, and inspired by the Grenache. This has great density, and is a palate filler, the silken texture taken straight from the sandy soils. It has style, and truth, but the vintage means it’s a sipping wine. 16°. 6,000 b. From 2021. 2039-42 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(vat) steady dark red robe. The bouquet gives a plump circle of black berry fruit with dabs of salt and iodine, a little beef depth. The palate is broad, ample, runs with concentrated juice, the flavour resting on dates, and prune associations from further south. It has a lot of heart, and pushes through a firm message for now, the tannins right on the case. The sign-off is chunky but clear. This has the essence of the south right in its heart. 100% Gren. 15.5°. From 2020. 2038-40 Sept 2016

2007

(vat) purple, mauve-red robe; the bouquet bears spicy, red cherry and redcurrant fruit aromas, delivered with a little mystery, also a touch of the downhome to wake us all up. Lithe red fruits start the palate – this is somewhat subdued today, is a wine that doesn't know its ID yet, one that mixes stiff movements with some suppleness. It is wide enough towards the finish, the length is OK, while there is a touch of burn or tar as it winds up into a cocoa aftertaste. An awkward child for now. From mid-2011, patience is best. 2027-29 Nov 2008

2006

quite a full red; big, broad potent nose – this is really charged, like being near a Gin still (as I have been in my past) – and there are some raspberry top airs, phew for their help! There is the semblance of red cherry liqueur before the charge comes along, announcing a Big Wine with lots of tannins and a full demand. The palate is extracted, muscled – this is a Sip or Die wine. Power coats the mouth and aftertaste, is all rather a shock. From 2010. 2023-25 Nov 2008 Previously Nov 2007 ** (vat) pretty full red robe; light mulberry, red fruits nose that is pretty wide, with a sprinkle of pepper. The palate has a certain oiliness inside quite a mid-weight fabric, as if the vines are not very old (probably vastly wrong, given this is a Prestige wine!). But is more like a Tradition wine. Its elements are here and there, not woven, and some acidity darts around. Is a bit dry at the finish. From 2009. 2022-24 I would like to retatse. Nov 2007