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100% Grenache from 5.3 ha plot at Bédarrides (own vines since 2007, ex-rental), used to be part of La Bernadine, destemmed, 3 week concrete vat vinification at 30-33°C, vat raised 14-16 months, unfiltered, 7,600 b

2016 ()

(vat) pretty full red robe. The nose is generous and immediate, comes with an air of raspberry coulis which is thick but fluid, also licorice. It breathes an elegant ripeness, has a murmur of implicit power. The palate links very closely and well to the nose; it is also elegant, has a texture of pleasure, with bright depth in the raspberry, red berry fruit. Tannins are well present, add a layer of depth, and are tasty on the finish. This holds very good potential, balance, harmony. It is more delicate than the Barbe Rac 2016. From 2020. 2039-41 Apr 2017 GB £173.15 per 6 b in bond, £61.72 per magnum in bond Mentzendorff London +44(0)207 840 3600 www.mentzendorff.co.uk

2015 ()

(vat) dark red colour. Has a brewed, brothy aroma, a compact slug of cooked black fruit, with date and damson plum skins in the mix. The palate bears stewed black fruits with a little late freedom; there is a blueberry fruit line towards the finish, which has a southern glow, and some baking. It’s grounded, currently demanding wine, with inner force. It lacks the full carry of some. 15°. From 2020. 2029-32 Sept 2016 Previously Apr 2016 **** (vat) plum red robe. The nose is composed of mixed airs, garrigue herbs, blackberry and mulberry, strawberry, with a low-key sweetness. The palate attacks with a grippy feel, dark red berry fruit at its heart. It runs with freshness, and shows iron after half way. This is a long way from the broad mass of sucrosity fuelled wines of Châteaeuneuf-du-Pape in recent vintages. It is orderly, restrained, has fresh length. “The tannins are fresh,” Michel Chapoutier. From 2019. 2032-34  Apr 2016

2012 ()

(vat) dark robe, shiny with legs. Cassis liqueur, blackberry, rather indulgent bouquet – the tone is a bit overripe, its sources are notably sweet. The palate has a charry lining around its shapely, tight fruit; the core reflects black cherry, and it is fresh enough to avoid the static, sip-only style. The palate fruiting is mature, which tones down on the finish. It will come together from 2016. 2025-27  Nov 2013

2011

(vat) dark, quite thick red robe. The bouquet shows milled, soaked red fruits, with an animal under note, with sweetness apparent, while tobacco and an air of tang add interest. The palate is supple; an ensemble exists between its fruit and its tannins, which provide mild but present and discreet support. This is a good package of oily fruit and well modelled tannins that come in the 2011 vintage style – hence it is not exaggerated. Supple, long, agreeable wine with a flinty note at the end. From late 2014. 2027-28  Dec 2012

2010 ()

rather dark; has a cooked, stewed plum air with a fat aspect, almost weighty. There are also notes of sizzling bacon, meat. The palate is built around its fat, plump centre – it is static rather than fluid. The tannins are nutty, and late on a raisin and licorice mix comes along. This has plenty of flavour, is pretty authentic, and ends on ripe, fleshy matter, a small spot of finesse and flowers. From spring 2013. I would get on and drink rather than wait too long for this. 2026-28 Nov 2011 Previously July 2011 ****(*) (vat) a pretty dark robe; potentially elegant nose which gives a gradual curve of ripe black fruit, the ripeness of the fruit apparent. Juicy, abundant palate, almost in the realm of the ample. There is a lot of juice in the fruit. The tannins are ripe, already absorbing. It lengthens well. A good ensemble, is a full wine. From mid-2015. 2033-35 July 2011

2009

quite a full red; abundant essence of raspberry, raspberry coulis liqueur on the nose, which is in a very primary state. The palate gloves its power well; it has a classy run of Grenache, plum and red berry fruit, is well-textured, well balanced and true. It reaches a very satisfactory conclusion, is round and persistent. Proper, good and authentic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. From 2015 or so. 2034-36 July 2011 Previously Oct 2010 ***** (pre-bottling) quite a full red; abundant essence of raspberry, raspberry coulis liqueur on the nose, which is in a very primary state. The palate gloves its power well; it has a classy run of Grenache, plum and red berry fruit, is well-textured, well balanced and true. It reaches a very satisfactory conclusion, is round and persistent. Proper, good and authentic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. From 2015 or so. 2034-36 July 2011 Previously Oct 2010 ***** (casks) quite full red, typical Grenache colour. Smoky, bacon roll, herbs such as thyme and rosemary in the bouquet – along with measured Grenache plum fruit, red jelly. Faithful transfer from nose to palate – the Grenache leads it securely: it is stylish, not overdone, has a steady persistence, some sweet touches. The length is very good. A wine of harmony, STGT wine. The tannins are a bit powdery at the end, precede a peppery finish. Classic old vine Grenache in this (tasted blind). It can get there. 2025-27 Oct 2010

2008

red robe; has a plum jam aroma, a really strong display of that, comes with the air of some grated stones, herbs in behind. There is a little sunny curve here, so it is not all droit or straight down the line. Assertive red cherry flavour with a nutty, rather forceful couch around it. It ends rather dumbly, firmly. It is bundled up late on, everything is close-knit. It can emerge OK. Its power lying within comes through on the aftertaste. From 2014. 15°. 2027-29 July 2011 Previously April 2009 *** (vat, London) the red is ruby-tinted, a modest depth to it. Has a fine, slightly vegetal-flecked nose – the shape is upright, fine-boned, and it is very vintage expressive. The red fruit on the palate is very Grenache – fine, clear, white peppered – without the supple notes of the warm years. There is a gradual gain in width and depth as it goes. It ends on herbal, cinnamon notes. This can amplify, blossom as it ages – patience will be rewarded, it may surprise. From 2012. 2025-27 April 2009

2007

(vat) dark red with black tints; has a grilled, nutty top air – the bouquet is in a primary state, the fruit hidden underneath for now, but the overall impression is that it is well sculpted. The palate comes forward with more obvious blackberry fruit – its texture is confident and it flows well throughout. It reaches out with its very bonny flavour and texture, has considerable appeal. Balance is good. From late 2010. 2024-26 Nov 2008

2005 ()

dark robe; herb-led bouquet - stylish but rather worked on - that means there is a grilled side to it from its vinification; some latent gaminess. This has a plump, ripe, fruit lozenges taste – raspberry flavour. It isn a little Over the Top – de trop, with a dry, extracted feel on the finish. The raspberry ripeness and dry tone are in competition here. Dry aftertaste. From 2010. 2020-22 Nov 2006

1998 ()

a thorough bouquet of soaked fruit, earthy aromas with the start of the damp forest stage. Palate has a punchy feel, moving towards mineral, prune, a little sous-bois. Very vintage typical in its evolution towards that. Evident tannin still, Drink now to 2016-18 March 2005