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65-70% Grenache, 20-30% Syrah, 0-10% Cinsault, Mourvèdre (early-late 1990s) from clay-limestone soils from north of Vaucluse (left bank) & Gard (right bank), varieties vinified apart, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, vat raised 6 months, unfined, filtered, 50-180,000 b

2014

shiny, quite dark red robe. The nose is precisely defined – it gives an air of raspberry, with a hum of herbs alongside. The palate bears spiced red fruits, has a free breeze length, ends clearly, a dabble of toffee and licorice there. Can be drunk solo. 13°. 60,000 b. €7.50.  To 2017  Jun 2015 

2012

red robe. Comfortable layer of plum fruit with a little top spice in the nose, which presents itself well, gives easy access, isn’t especially varied. This is a good, candid glass of Côtes du Rhône, built around Grenache and its red fruit, bears restrained 2012 fat. Offers a choice of dishes such as pastas, stews. It ends with a little sweet roundness. Good, regular drinking. 13.5°. €3.05 export. To 2017  Oct 2013

2011 ()

full red robe, legs down the glass. The nose offers red berry fruit, has pockets of mystery, suggesting there is more to come. Light spice and brioche bread combine with the raspberry and licorice, and it is still fresh. The palate delivers expressive plum Grenache red fruit on the attack, rocks on well in a genuine, not over polished way. Drink with good home cooking such as cottage pie. There is good late juice on the finish, too. 13.5°. 2017-18  May 2013