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50-57% Grenache (galet stone soils), 35-43% Syrah (clay-limestone soils), 0-6% Mourvèdre on La Crau (E), destemmed, 3-4 week vinification at 30°C in 66% used 275-litre oak casks, 34% concrete vat, 2-3 daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 66% 275-litre oak casks, 34% concrete vat 17 months (before mid-2010s aged 30% new, 70% 1-2 year 275-litre oak casks 12-14 months), filtered, 7,000 b

2017

(concrete vat/casks) big, dark robe; the nose is sturdy, expresses blackberry and blackcurrant aromas, with some slinky purity. The palate rolls with graceful, fluid richness, is all as one along its route, the tannins ripe and savoury on the juicy, firm couched finish. This is promising, the quality of the persistent fruit pleasing. 14.5°. 57% Gren, 43% Syr. €36. From mid-2021. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016

(casks) full red robe. The blackberry fruit on the nose resembles coulis, lozenge style fruit with its neat sweetness; it’s very young and jolly. There’s a curl of oak smoke. The palate holds suave, fluid content with ripe tannins and outside oaking that isn’t aggressive – the richness of the year is dealing with that. The aftertaste is savoury, on restrained plum fruit, with a little thickness from the oak. This is stylish, well made. 14.5°. €36. From 2020-21. 2035-37 Oct 2017

2012 ()

dark red; loganberry, attractive big berry aroma, some meaty notes, a nose of honest fullness, depth, has the air of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape heartlands. The palate transfers well from the nose; there is likeable cohesion in its spiced, prune and date fruiting, the juice pretty concentrated. There is a close-knit bundle of gras on the finish, with coffee and mocha. This holds together, but doesn’t give obvious pleasure. It is a little made for lovers of oak, and end of dinner drinking. From 2016. 2026-27  Nov 2013

2009 ()

dark, lusty robe; sweet, near powered-up bouquet that features soaked black berry fruit. The palate gives mint touches, a pine-resin flavouring, is an enclosed wine, wrapped up. There are pockets of gras richness towards the finish. The content towards the finish is high in style, ripe. A bit static as a wine. Juice peeps through on the end. From late 2013. 14.5°. 2027-29 Sept 2011