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60% Grenache, 30-35% Syrah, 3-5% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Carignan (av age 45 years) from Les Carbonnières, Le Trignon, Le Daysse, Les Hautes Garrigues, La Jasse, Pied Gû, hand harvested, destemmed and crushed, 2-3 week vinification at 28-31°C, varieties fermented separately, 3 daily pumping overs for part, cap punching for another part, malo in cask, aged 70% vat, 30% part 1/3 each new, 1-2 year oak casks (one third of casks American oak) 12-18 months, unfined, filtered, 20,000 b

2016 ()

(vat/casks) dark red colour, a sturdy robe. The bouquet sits discreetly in the glass, suggests a little raspberry, red berry fruit, with just a smoky, mineral note behind. The palate is good and juicy and well endowed with tasty raspberry fruit, is more on the go than the nose. The tannins are mild, and it can be drunk quite soon – from late 2018. This is a rather refined Gigondas, without the filling of the most flamboyant 2016s. 2028-30 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(vat/casks) dark plum red robe; fresh, nicely streamlined nose, combines raspberry and blackberry in good unison, some damson plum depth helping it. There is a light sweetness. The palate is immediately spicy, bears crisp dark berry fruits with a tang of licorice and a late graininess of texture. Good, fresh wine, still in a bare bones state. Its low-key gras will expand over time. The aftertaste is clear and nicely bracing. From 2019. 2029-32 Feb 2017

2014

(casks/vat) shiny, dark robe. The nose is agreeably firm, has cards to play. For now, there is a mild blackberry air, in complete youthfulness, not varied. The palate offers a neat flash of dark fruit with a sprinkle of fresh tannin on the second half. Oak-charcoal emerges on the aftertaste. Polished Gigondas, aided by its subtle increase in depth from the Syrah as it closes. This can develop well. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. €18.70. From 2018. 2027-29  Dec 2015 

2013

(casks/vat) bright purple colour. There is marked oak on the nose. The palate is supple and smooth with a certain depth of fruit, the oak a little less intrusive than the bouquet, but present all the same. Its tannins are finely honed. A competent modern interpretation of Gigondas. 14°. From mid-2016. 2025-26 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

(casks, bottling May 2014) full colour; savoury, chicken stock, mulled red fruits aroma that come in a war, sound style. The palate gives compact black berry fruit,  is sealed in by oak, and quite stern tannin. The aftertaste is smoked, has a cocoa flavour. At a basic stage, provides a glimmer of red berry, shows heat at the end. It is rather tough, stiff, has hollow moments, the promise of the nose not immediately in sight. From mid-2016. 13.5°. €14 at the cellars. 2024-25  Dec 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark red. Oily, red liqueur, cherry-berry aroma with a sweet, ripe centre, a backdrop of pine woods, a vanilla drift, local seasoning. The palate holds gourmand, easy to like black cherry and berry fruit. It takes on acidity and crispens up as it goes, becomes pointed, with acidity drying the gums. Has Grenache at its heart, but delivers an uneven run on the second half now. From late 2014. 2023-24  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(casks) dark, shiny robe; has a sleek blackberry aroma that offers really rounded, sweet appeal, with extra, mild chocolate depth within. It is inviting, and properly southern. The palate continues in the polished, sleek vein, is well groomed. The finale is juiced – this will please. Its tannins are ripe and effortless. Good judgment on the date of harvest here. The non-Grenache varieties contribute well to its darkness, while the Grenache underpins its gras richness. From 2014. 14.5°. 2028-30 Dec 2011

2009 ()

(casks) steady depth of red; scented, fine red berry fruit aroma, really attractive thyme herbs in this, smoke and grated stones – an interesting nose. The palate kicks off with chalky, limestone influence in the palate – there is a powdery tannin here. It is edging slowly along its path. Has a snappy aftertaste, with altitude bringing clarity, but the fruit is not an immediate companion. The nose is local, but the palate is rather demanding now. From 2014. 2026-27 July 2011