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90% Grenache (1910s-1930s), 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre from La Bouissière, Les Garrigues, Les Dentelles, Cayron, clay-limestone & garrigue soils, mostly whole bunch 3 week vinification, varieties co-fermented, pumping overs, aged 1-year 228-litre Allier & Tronçais oak casks 12 months, then large 45 hl oak barrel 6 months, unfined, unfiltered, heavy bottle, 5,000 b

2014 ()

bottled 10 days ago: dark plum red robe with lustre. There is a big Grenache hit on the nose, which is oily, ripe, gives airs of red berries, soaked red fruits such as raspberry, with rosemary. The palate gives a broad, wavy debut, rolls along with some thick juice; the tannins are ripe, medium weight. Juice runs all around it – it is lively, full Gigondas that runs more on a varietal trail than a terroir one now. There is OK grip on the finish. It is fleshy, with some gourmandise. 14.5°. From spring 2018; from 2022 it will be more local. 2032-34 July 2016

2008

(casks) modest plum colour. Airs of tea, ripe fruit, pepper in a stiff, not very fresh nose. Low key palate matter is surrounded by oak, so it ends firmly, the fruit absent on the finish. Chunky, rather charmless. Wait. From 2012. Fair quality can emerge, but not before 2013-14 for real interest. 2019-21 Dec 2009

2007

full robe. Cassis, oily bouquet – tang of licorice present, baked stones, oak. Smoky, unfurnished palate – has lucid, mobile black fruit within, oak along the sides. Clear, modern vinification wine that is not typical. But it is structured, balanced, and will show less oak from 2011. 2020-22 Dec 2009

2006 ()

(casks) dark plum robe. Crisp, bright black fruit airs, with oily, tangy appeal, mint cut in it. Black berry fruit laced with licorice greets the drinker – the fruit has a pretty sure suppleness and the wine is well directed. It ends on a good, firm note, and the vintage-typical freshness - spice and garrigue herb notes. A wine of potential, with a robust harmony. From 2010, 2021-23 Jan 2008

2005

dark black colour. The first air is one of alcohol, just outside the black fruiting that is sweet in nature. Ripe fruit, low-level tannins, some late oaking that brings in tar, raisin, mild chocolate. Dry notes on the finish for now. Not a local wine as yet. From spring 2010. 2019-20 June 2008

2004

has a plum coloured robe that is quite full, a shade darker than the Vacqueyras. The bouquet is enclosed, thorough and holds potential. It has a bed of cooked plum, then blackberry fruit, cut grass or hay, and herbs. The palate gets off to a tasty, broad attack – it is immediately wholesome and is a full, bonny mouthful. This is good, solid Gigondas – the Grenache fruit at its heart is genuine and expressive, and there is both balance and drive in the wine. The fruit rocks on well on the aftertaste. Its richness and brightness of fruit make it good drinking even now. The length is fine, and it has the end of palate intensity of tar and licorice that the Tardieu-Laurent oak consistently brings to their wines. A real beauty. 14.5°. 2021-23 Dec 2008 Dec 2008 £13.33 per bottle in bond

2003

oily, violet aroma bearing ripe fruit with a southern sweetness that is also a little singed. The palate is seemingly rich, but also rather heavy, comes with a touch of cloy and is burnt on the aftertaste. An uneven, potent wine that may be better in a couple of years onwards. July 2005