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The Wines

60% Grenache (1960s), 20% Syrah (1970s-1980s), 20% Mourvèdre from stony, rocky clay-limestone soils on Les Garrigues, hand harvested, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, 70-80% vat raised, 20-30% oak cask raised 10 months, filtered, called Pierrelongue from mid-2010s, 8-15,000 b

2016

dark robe; a coulis of blueberry fruit air leads the nose with notions of black olives, mineral sparks. It has a sturdy depth, can spring into more openness over the coming years. The palate is tightly drawn together, comes with rocky tannins, has “knuckle”. It’s a vigorous Vacqueyras, genuine, honest, has character, is not a streamlined package at all. There’s likeable Grenache juice on the close. This is a Rhône enthusiast’s wine, needs a little study. 14.5°. GSM. From 2020. 2029-31 Feb 2018

2014

sober, quite dark red robe. The nose gives an immediate air of basil with pine, suggests oaking to follow. There is a charcoal intensity which camouflages its dark fruit. The word “clash” comes to mind: Grenache versus oak. The palate suffers from the affliction of the oak, is old school in that overoaking sense. The content struggles as a result. Tough finish. From 2018. 2020-21  Dec 2015 

2012 ()

(casks) subdued dark red. Has a chunky, chiselled, possible older oak air here, pine and pepper, has a traditional style, is a bit “soupy”. The palate is closed-in, serves immediate, dry-toned tannins. The flavour involves dried raisins, oriental spices, toffee moments. It has gras richness. Can get together, but doesn’t have big horizon hope. From mid-2015. 15,000 b. 2020-21  Dec 2013

2011

dark plum red. The nose is neutral, though immediate – there is a latent air of spiced Grenache plum, with a note of rosemary, has good possibilities showing elegance and interest. There is a loose-limbed run of spiced red fruit throughout the palate, though it is a shade dry, its tannins up the beach rather than in the liquid of the wine. This can fuse, say around mid-2014, but that is the main issue – the tannic integration to avoid the dryness of the finish, a classic 2011 scenario. 14°. 2019-20  May 2013

2003 No Rating

earthy, ripe fruit nose that fades. The palate is unconvincing, with a rather bitter feel. May be acidified, this bites, and is not agreeable.  July 2005

2000

robe has advance in the red; rose, baked plum aroma. The palate has a flattering roundness that tapers towards the finish. The fruit is fair, now advancing. Was better a year ago. Drink this up.  July 2005