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50-65% Grenache (late 1950s-late 1980s), 25-50% Syrah 1-10% Mourvèdre (late 1970s-late 1990s), destemmed, 20 day vinification, cap punching, pumping overs, part vat emptying and refilling, aged 90% concrete vat, 10% used 228-litre oak casks 12 months, filtered, 10,000 b

2016

dark red robe; the bouquet shows some of the 2016 flamboyance, gives a bright, forward panorama of red berry fruits, raspberry coulis, with notes of cassis fruit. It has the sweet opulence of the vintage, but has lift. The palate is suavely textured, coasts along on raspberry fruit with a note of thyme, herbs, towards the finish. It has a hum of glow late on from its inner strength, the aftertaste on liqueur red fruit. It’s shapely and thorough, the tannins ripe. It will be good with venison, for example. 14.5°. 2028-30 Oct 2019

2015

full red colour. The nose is reserved, with a little reduction from the Syrah, lines up ranks of blackcurrant fruit that are nicely clear; there’s a hint of licorice. The palate is well in tune with the vintage, so there’s a firm line of black fruits, a definite spine, throughout. The tannins have melded well, and still add a little depth on the close. It’s not been hustled along, has its own natural gravity, and keeps going well. 14.5°. 2028-30 Oct 2019

2012 ()

(vat/casks) three-quarter depth red robe. The nose is broad, has a crunched up, grilled air on top of cooked red fruits, the depth sound. The palate texture is loose, also the red fruit; this lacks real late palate depth. A light to mid-weight Plan de Dieu, with few fireworks. It ends roundly. Safely played, doesn’t reach for the skies, is commercial. €4.44 ex cellars. 2016-17  Oct 2013

2006 ()

full robe; has a sweet, forward, wide and quite weighty nose, with jam airs such as red plum, a secure depth and a nice, pebbly stone backdrop. The palate`s black fruit starts brightly, and gains live tannin as it goes. Has a fresh, limestone style crisp ending. Has character. Full and agreeable on the palate. Ready to go now. 13.5°. 2011-12 Feb 2009