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The Wines

50-90% Grenache (1950-51), 5-20% Syrah, 5-30% Counoise, Carignan, various from sandy, galet stone soils of Caillou & Les Garrigues, whole bunch 21 day vinification, wild yeasts only, no SO2 used, concrete vat-raised 3 months, 4,500-5,700 b

2016

handsome dark red colour, promising for what will follow. The nose is deeply set via beef stock, a thick black cherry, blueberry fruit aroma, some dried herbes de Provence. It’s bright. The palate runs with charming black cherry fruit, glides along, is a pleasure thanks to its smooth texture and the precise fruit. The finish is well rounded. This feels like a hands-off, low intervention wine, as it should, and is always one of my favourites from the Caillou. This is w.o.w. wine in the glass, a real pleasure, the balance good. 13.5°. Counoise, Syrah this year. To 2021 Sept 2017

2014

dark red colour. Has a bright, stylish bouquet based on black berry fruit and herbes de Provence such as rosemary. I like its oiliness. The palate attacks with a fresh, supple fruit, and goes long, an accomplished length it has. It ends full of beans, loganberry fruit and a supple generosity there. Very good for its category, no questions asked. Rockabilly, delicious STGT Côtes. 13°. 50% Gren, 30% Cari, 20% Syr this year, more Carignan than usual. 5,700 b. Bottled Jan 2015. €13. 2019-20  Oct 2015 

2011 ()

subdued, mid-depth red, shows a lot of Grenache. There is a supple air of red cherry in a restrained delivery on the nose – notes of red jam above all, also black raisin. The palate works on spiced, baked red fruits. There is a grainy, pebbly, again baked area on the finish. This lacks a “fun” element, and will have a short period of harmony, especially in 2013. 15°. Bottled 31 Jan 2012. 16.5° - wow! To 2015 Feb 2012