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50-70% Grenache (av 60 years, with 1930s from Rasteau), 30-50% Syrah from Rasteau & Cairanne (1970s-1980s), is 35% from Lirac, 30% from Cairanne, 20% from Rasteau, 15% from Beaumes-de-Venise, 67% destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 1-2 year 228-litre Allier & Tronçais oak casks with some 45 hl large barrel 18-19 months, unfined, unfiltered, 10,000 b

2014

dark plum robe. There is nice lift on the nose – raspberry with blackberry, a good coulis style depth. Lots of juice is on display here – it is a real Road Runner. This drinks well, has lots of fruit on offer, Rock n’Roll. A salted breeze comes along near the end, via blueberry and Tayberry fruit. It is a good bistrot wine that is exuberant, holds stylish gras, is very good. Black pepper appears on the aftertaste. There are worse Châteauneuf red 2014s than this. It will open further. Blended Sept 2015, bottled May 2016. 14.5°. 2023-25  July 2016

2010

sober dark red robe; leafy, cassis bud air, pine notes, a wide spread of  oak, that is sweet, gives mocha-beef airs. The palate is broad, based on volume more than light touch fruit; there are scented pockets in quite a thick texture, ends roundly, fully, its power just in check. Needs foods. Has a sweet, retro style, more static than mobile, hence autumn/winter drinking best. 70% Gren, 30% Syr, €6.90 export. 2018-19  June 2013

2005

bright, pretty red. Has a mild, steady aroma that fills the glass comfortably – it shows leather polish, cooked, smoky black fruits and some walnut. The palate has a good, juicy, firmly structured start – this is a clearly superior Côtes du Rhône with proper fruit clarity and good vintage 2005 tannins that are live and helpful down either side. Tar notes and chocolate turn up on the aftertaste from the oak. There is good style in the red fruits, that have peppery attachments. Interesting wine that is in the Beaucastel Coudoulet league, marked by pretty fruit and good length. 2015-16 Dec 2008 £7.92 per bottle in bond