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50-60% Grenache (3 ha, 1974), 40-50% Mourvèdre (2 ha, 1969), from red clay, small galet stone covered soils, destemmed, 17-21 day vinification, cap punching, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, mainly concrete vat raised, a little in large barrel, 12 months, filtered, 7,500 b

2017 ()

dark red; the bouquet has a dark red cherry air with red meat droplets, a blood side, to it. It’s a stout, compact start. The palate is still young, close-knit, based on solid richness with a firm second half, the tannins still active. There is plenty here, and the length is dark, firm. From mid-2021 – this needs time to gain more appeal, and variety. Decanting an aid. 13.5°. 2029-31 Oct 2019

2016

dark red; licorice and cassis fruit lead a patiently waiting bouquet, not yet showing many cards, but carrying scope to open and vary. The palate holds suave, flowing content, with black berry fruits to the fore. The tannins are tasty, and it entertains on the finish, where there are notes of herbes de Provence. Its juice is pretty stylish. From late-2021, but its balance allows drinking now, even if there is certainly more to come. 13.5°. 2031-33 Oct 2019

2015 ()

full red colour; the nose is both stylish and hearty, well-filled, broad. It shows some red meat, dripping, with a close-knit crushed raspberry aroma. The palate is peppery, bears expressive, easy access red fruits with good freedom of delivery, salted moments that give lift towards the finish. The tannins are a little husky, bring their own sense of life to the party, too. It’s not real downhome Rasteau, but drinks fluently, has sound shape. 13.5°. From mid-2020. 2032-34 Mar 2019

2013

full red colour; the bouquet is well filled, still making its way, carries black pepper, soft violets, compact red cherry airs. It has inner muscle, as per the vintage. The palate is well together, nicely concentrated, and genuine. It’s well grounded, has character, and expresses Rasteau well. It just emerging into the light of day. There is rocky fissure in the tannins, and a cool late presence, all good. The fruits are red, rather intense. Decanting helpful. 2032-34 Mar 2019

2012 ()

quite a dark red colour. Brambly red berry, sweet prune aroma on the front nose, has a leaning towards being baked by the sun’s rays. The fruit on the attack is measured, and it expresses life and enjoyable drive as it travels. The finish is tidy, with a nibble of tannin there. An articulate Rasteau, one that represents the style of the appellation well. 14.5°. 7,500 b. From 2016. 2021-22  USA: US$24 David Milligan Selections Sagaponack NY 11962  Apr 2015

2009

dark red robe; the nose is subdued, shows a lurking sweetness of blackberry, a hint of game and animal – it seems low on ambition. The palate is compact, lacks grandeur. Mild, low-key black cherry fruit present, and a few grainy tannins. This is rather dumb. Where is the width and drive of Rasteau? Tame wine. I can only think the 40% Mourvèdre has closed it down, and hope for better from 2014. To 2018. May 2012

2006

quite a full robe; mild, a touch scented black fruit aroma, light prune and floral airs – a bouquet that holds up well. The palate is on the mark now – its fruit has softened, has an agreeable core and keeps going with a steady red fruits flow. Nice late tannic tang in a minor key. Touch of dryness towards the end. 13.5°. 2011 Feb 2009

1993

mid-plus colour, quite full red. The bouquet is quite warm, shows a touch of cooked fruit, but struggles to achieve a very clear-cut aroma. The palate is facile, a shade commercial – more like 1992. Its sweetness is superficially beguiling. GB £7.25. To 1997  July 1995