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65-80% Grenache, 10-20% Cinsault, 10-20% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre from sandy and galet stone soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 15-18 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, vat raised 8-10 months, fined, filtered, 300,000 b

2014 ()

quite a dark red. Red cherry, up and at ‘em bouquet with a little note of bay leaf, herbs. The palate is more limp than expected from the nose. It bears light red berry fruit, light sweetness. This is very easy, for grills etc. It just lacks interest, is functional, the length fair. 13.5°. To 2018  GB £75 12/b in bond or £9.96. Justerini & Brooks www.justerinis.com Nov 2015

2012 ()

dark robe; the bouquet is filled-up, has plenty on show, a sweet depth of dark fruit, cherry fruit: this is a good display to catch attention. The palate is soft now, bears round dark fruit, is all comfortably together. Drink now, enjoy its sweet ease; a good Côtes for la table, for stews, lamb. Its fruit is savoury, engaging. It is long, and ends on more grainy, more garrigue dust moments. 14°. To 2017  Oct 2013  Previously May 2013 *** dark red-purple colour. There is a nice roll of blackberry, deep red berry such as mulberry, across the nose – this is a bonny bouquet, offers inviting fruit, good ease in it. The palate offers fresh, easy and supple black berry fruit, gives immediate pleasure. High on charm and harmony, is OK for solo drinking, though it has gras and lightly sweet body to be great with pasta all’amatriciana dishes, for instance. There is a tiny bit of tannin grip at the end. Facile, w.o.w. wine. 14°. €7.80 at cellars. 80% Gren, 20% Syr this year. To 2016  May 2013

2011

three-quarter depth red; supple blackberry, ripe, long hang time aroma – sweet, plump, shows some herb airs, dust: the nose has a simple appeal. The palate also starts on a fat take, red berry fruits present, Grenache at its heart, and its tannins well housed, adding a little depth. Jolly wine, well-juiced, and w.o.w. The finish has a floral touch. All very drinkable and tidy, can be drunk solo. 14°. To 2016.  Oct 2012

2009

rather dark robe; sappy black fruit, sweet Indian tea airs, light notes of beef stock. The palate has a busy, dark flavour that mixes raisin and crunchy tannin, and it lengthens steadily. Good wine – can develop and soften. Food better than solo drinking because of its tannic structure. Keeps going rather well, offers appealing late juice. 14°. 2016-17 Oct 2010

2007 ()

tender red fruits nose, comes without guile – there you go. The palate has clean red fruit, is direct and runs straight along. It ends on a prickle of tannin. Workmanlike wine. To 2013. March 2009 Previously Nov 2008 *(*) dark red; has a spiced, curved, but reductive note on the nose – a touch of stalkiness, the red fruit edgy. The palate`s mulled red fruit lacks real lift, and the palate ends subdued, also rather burnt. It is ordinary, the fruit low profile. To 2011. Nov 2008

2006

pretty full red; has a suave, simmered red berry aroma, with a little floral air alongside: it is a touch closed. The palate has more subtle weight than expected – this is a wine of reserve and potential. Its fruit is rounded, and reductive in nature – gives a gummy side. Decant this, or wait until early 2009. Its core is good – this is proper wine with good fruit grain. Good length, has tannins evident on the finish. 2013-14 June 2008

2005 ()

simple red robe; alert, cherry fruit aroma with jam airs to it. The palate holds direct red fruit with a crisp appeal on the attack, then it broadens gently. Has a clean, modern finish. Respectable wine. 2010-11 Nov 2006

2003 ()

live red fruit, jam style aroma, with some nutty airs – a soft jam bouquet, which is attractive. The palate is very soft, bears strawberry fruit. Length is correct, has a touch of end pepper. Easy, agreeable drinking. 2008-09  Oct 2005