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100% Grenache (1920s-1930s) from sandy soils on the eastern, low side of La Crau (E) at Courthézon, whole bunch fermentation, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, aged 1-2 year 228-litre Allier and Tronçais oak casks 12 months, then large 45 hl oak barrel 6 months, unfined, unfiltered, 6,000 b

2017

(casks) full robe, dark centre. There is a slightly raw aspect to the weighty nose, as if the fruit could have been riper. There is a sense of black berry. The palate is bulky, square-shaped, suggests Mourvèdre and oak. It has a flavour of Morello cherries. The finish is a little on eau de vie, not as one as yet. Raw goods here: this needs time to coalesce, can get there. From 2022. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2014

(pre-bottling) dark red robe. The bouquet is implicitly copious but reserved, bears a promising aroma of attractive black fruit, has heart. The palate holds scented fine gras richness, the sap of old vines in its effortless glide. This has hidden corners, nuance, and grand elegance – the juice is really continuous. This is another Burgundian style success. Very belle harmony and class. 14.5°. From mid-2018. 6,000 b. 2032-34 July 2016

2009

(casks) tasted in London, just 1 sample bottle: evolution signs on top robe; cooked fruit, sunswept traces on the nose. The palate is similar – offers prune, dried fruits, date raisin style flavours, along with chocolate. A chunky style wine. Finishes drily. I would have preferred to try another, but there you go. Certainly, this will come in the house style of dense, packed wine, and will be around 15°. From 2014, no hurry. 2032-35 Sept 2011