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The Wines

Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise from clay-limestone soils, destemmed, 8 day vinification, daily pumping overs, vat raised 6-8 months, filtered

2013 ()

pale red; has a skimming air of blackberry liqueur fruit, mulled fruits, a good mulberry depth also. There are pockets of Grenache-inpsired plum as well in the aroma. The palate presents easy, squeezy red berry fruit with a theme of spice through it; there is a little charge of degree in it, so don’t serve it too warm to protect from the alcohol. The flavour leads on raspberry, with spice and then licorice, a salty aftertaste. A dish of roast chicken makes the ending sweeter and more rounded. Pleasant but not at all arresting. The length is fair, the content light. A wine to drink when catching up with a long lost friend or when exchanging vicious gossip: it won’t intrude. 13°. Now to 2016. £9.50 at Harvey Nicholls, London  Oct 2014, East Sussex

2012 ()

steady, bright red; light spice, appealing red fruit coulis air with a wee baked extra intensity, a hover of sun. The palate is similar – offers real easy red fruit juice, is round and facile. Favours food over aperitif, light dishes, though. Attractive scent and herbs come through on the finish, which has a square, nicely knit sign-off, some heat there. 13.5°. To 2017 Nov 2013

2011 ()

simple, rather pale red. This has a smoky plum red fruit air that is simple and easy, shows game and notes of reduction as well. The flavour is a supple red fruits jam, with a southern spot of sweetness. Better with food than solo. A shade limited. 13.5°. To 2014  Sept 2012