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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

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. 18 years of life? Sept 2011