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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

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