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Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, 50% destemmed, 4 week vinification at up to 28°C, varieties fermented separately, 2-3 daily pumping overs, aged 50% vat, 50% new oak casks 12 months, filtered, 15,000 b

2017

(concrete vat/casks) full, bursting dark red robe. The nose is a solid block of dark berry fruit, holds up well, has a candy, creamy, rolling intensity that is matched by the palate, with a Grenache cooked plums heart and well measured length, the tannins ripe and well encased. The length is good and steady, attractive juice on the wide finale. It’s weighty, but frees itself just before the close. Decanting advised. 15°. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. From spring 2021. 2040-42 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(vat/casks) dark robe, a deep red. The nose has an aroma of brewed fruits, spice, a smoky drift from oak, cooked plums in the picture. The palate is led by its Grenache with its squeezy richness, and carries into a firmer close. It’s low-key today, but has a cosy palate whose roundness and softness will please. The aftertaste is lightly peppery. 14.5°. From mid-2019. 2035-38 Oct 2017

2014 ()

(vat/casks) shiny, inviting dark red robe. The bouquet has a calm presence, with elegant fruit at its heart, more on black than red berries. The ripeness provides a little sweetness. The palate is very tasty, really rocks with bonny fruit, all in step with some tannins that lend it freshness. The attack is delightful. Classy, well balanced wine, good poise and lucidity. The finish introduces some mineral touches. From mid 2017. 2029-31  Oct 2015 

2012 ()

(casks) dark robe; sustained depth in the bouquet – this is a well of black cherry, scented prune – it is really deep and suggests the palate will be abundant. The palate is broad, filled; it is centred on a fluid, rich roundness of blackberry fruit with fine tannic spicing. It lengthens on its richness, not its acidity; it is a stately sort of wine, to be served in a large glass with game dishes, venison, daube of beef. It keeps going well, produces perfumed, smoky, tobacco moments. The texture is agreeably smooth. It flirts with fruit bomb status, but ends clearly and can develop its finale. From 2016. 15,000 b, US$36. 2030-32  Nov 2013