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The Wines

70-75% Grenache (late 1990s), 20% Syrah (late 1990s), 5-10% Cinsault, from mix of sand, clay-limestone & stony oils, garrigue terraces at Sarrians & Vacqueyras, hand harvested, sorting in the vineyard, whole bunch fermentation, 15-21 day vinification at up to 28°C, 3 daily pumping overs, vat raised 8-10 months, filtered, 15-65,000 b

2016

healthy dark red. A soft blackberry aroma leads the nose, a neat row of pastille fruits the image. It has a serene sweetness, is easy to like. The palate bears a juicy abundance, squeezy richness, hits the mark with its roll of lip-smacking content. The finish delivers a small coolness that helps to encourage another glass. This is open, sunny wine with good balance and freedom of delivery. I like the late waves of dark flavour. It’s a safe, sing-song sort of wine. 14°. 13,250 b. From spring 2019. 2029-30 Feb 2018

2015 ()

dark plum red colour. The nose has an air of stewed red fruits with some lurking reduction; it’s sweetly centred. The palate delivers soft content, supple tannins, a floral touch towards the finish, which is pretty well juiced. There is a light underlay of grain from its powdery tannins. It has a certain wiriness within, lithe nerve running along its spine. It narrows a shade towards the finish. 14°. 65,000 b. US$22. From spring 2018. 2023-24 June 2017

2014

shiny full-up robe, very dark. There is a good southern ring to the bouquet, involving herbes de Provence, blueberry, menthol. It is wide and provides a broad and stimulating opening. The palate is enjoyable, carries suave, well filled content, a flavour of black cherry, with purposeful, fresh tannins running around. It is a leading 2014 Vacqueyras. 14°. 35,000 b. From mid-2016. 2021-22  Dec 2015 

2013

garnet robe. Spicy, red fruited nose. There are plum and cherry notes on the palate, which is soft and blowsy, with chewy tannins on the finish. A touch of alcohol shows as well. Simple but correct wine. From 2016. 2020-21 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

(vat) dark, sustained depth in the robe. The fruit aroma is ripe enough to give a jelly fruit style, with attractive laurel and cinnamon notes. The fruit resembles blueberry, with a touch of licorice. The palate is tight, more so than the nose would suggest. It is pretty well together, comes with sweet spicing, but late moments are dry for now. Unfinished business here. It is very peppery, and can become a manly, quite full Vacqueyras suited to stews and country dishes. 14°. 15,000 b. From late 2015. 2024-25  Dec 2013

2008

(vat) rather full robe; oily, sleek black fruits air, game notions with it, Syrah seems a forward player. Compact, unfinished business palate with a raspberry finale. It gathers tannins at the end, where there are also airy moments. Has depth for 2008. From late 2011. To 2018 July 2010