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70% Grenache (1920s), 25% Syrah (1970s-1980s), 5% Mourvèdre (1970s) from clay-limestone & blue clay soils on La Montagne, 80% destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, aged 1-year 228-litre Allier & Tronçais oak casks 12, then 45 hl large oak barrel 6 months, unfined, unfiltered

2014

bottled one month ago: dark, shiny robe. Has a plump, fat, sweet red fruits lead aroma, a gourmand air of raspberry, herbs and rosemary, grilling. The palate links well to the nose, bears supple and running, fluid content that is spiced late on. The Grenache is very expressive at first, then towards the finish the Syrah comes through. Plum and raspberry fruit lie at the heart of the palate. The tannins are agile, lively. “Syrah can often be more on show than the Grenache when it’s young,” Bastien Tardieu. 14.5°. From 2018: it will improve with time. 2025-27  July 2016

2006 ()

full robe; mature, wee treacle element in the bouquet, mulled raspberry, dates – it is compact and thorough. The palate shows a wide, scaled-up wine with a full, rich heart. It is gourmand in style, with a full delivery, and makes for sipping rather than easy drinking. Tannins and oak border it but the oak is largely integrated until the finish. Has a honey, fig aftertaste. 14.5° 2015-16 Feb 2009 I wish these wines were not put in HEAVY BOTTLES, BOO!

2000

sober, evolving red colour with tile hints – it looks almost like a fortified wine with its red-brown colour. The nose links with the robe: there is a baked, sweet raisin cake aroma with floral topping, rose hip and fundamental soil influences, with animal or game. Exposure to the air frees it up. Steady, thorough, dense wine on the palate – it comes with a solid heart. Air also brings increased clarity – more grip and a salty poise – and renders it less ponderous. There is a minted finish, and given the ripe nature of the crop, the oak raising works OK. Dark fruits and tannins, a real child of the baked south and its old vine heritage. 14°. Decant. Drink now to 2016. Dec 2008