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50-70% Grenache, 10-50% Syrah, 10-20% Mourvèdre from stony topped blue clay & sandstone soils, machine harvested, destemmed, 3 week vinification, varieties fermented apart, 3 daily pumping overs, vat & oak cask raised 6 months (before 2012 raised vat 12 months), unfined, filtered, 7,500-12,000 b

2015

inviting red robe. The nose gives a swiftly sweet aroma of red berries, raspberry, has more variety to develop; it’s perky and juvenile for now, suggests redcurrant jelly in the glass. This attacks on easy textured red fruit, with a gradual, stealthy increase in breadth as it goes. The length is good and assured; it drinks openly and kindly, has a little licorice from its mild tannins. It’s a safe Plan de Dieu, rather than an expressive one. Has been made for quite rapid consumption. It's a bit limited in ambition. The close is cool. 14. To 2019 Dec 2016

2012

red-violet colour; has a warm red fruited air, low-key note of bacon with pine to vary it, some depth. The palate is sweet-toned, with a pliant texture, gives mild Grenache red fruits, the finale round. Easy wine, lacks inspiration, is commercial: the Plan de Dieu should provide bolder fruit and above all, deeper matter. 14°. 7,500 b. To 2016  50% Gren, 50% Syr. Oct 2013 Previously early Oct 2013 **(*) dark red some spritz visible. There is a murmur of blackberry fruit on the nose, along with plums, spice and black pepper, a sort of menthol. The palate bears low profile loganberry and mulberry fruit – there is more fruit on the attack than on the finish. No long horizon for this. Workmanlike wine with mild tannins, a suggestion of late garrigue; it lengthens a little. 13.5°. €3.65 ex cellars. 2016-17  Oct 2013

2011 ()

dark robe. Grilled aroma, Bovril style beef stock airs, very early post vat black fruit with a tender side. Bright, accommodating Grenache fruit starts the palate – it moves well, has drive. Drink early for the blueberry fruit and the action. There are nicely, precisely woven tannins at the end. 14.5°. To 2016  April 2012

2010

shiny, dark robe. The bouquet is a charged affair – it shows licorice, smoke, black pepper touches, dark fruiting – there is a close-knit bundle of aroma. The palate is starting to be less stiff, though strict instincts from its tannins still remain. Wait until mid-2014, and decant this. Drink with game – venison, jugged hare. A grounded wine, with its black fruit dipping in and out of flinty tannins. 13°. 2018-19  June 2013 Previously April 2011 ** full, dark red. Nutty, gamey air, a bit hang dog and pongy. Sweet debut to the palate, raspberry and black cherry in the fruit. Ends on grainy moments. Mainstream, chunky wine; has matter but is a bit burnt on the finish.  Decant this to clear it up. 14.5°. Quite cheap at £7.99. From spring 2012 to become more orderly. 2016-17  April 2011