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60% Syrah, 15-30% Grenache, 5-10% Cinsault & Carignan,0-25% Mourvèdre, hand harvested, destemmed, wild yeasts, 1-3 month vinification & maceration, daily light pumping overs, underground concrete vat raised 24 months, unfined, filtered, 16,000 b

2015

(bottling in six weeks, late March 2018) joli shiny dark red colour. Elder, cooked plum airs in a well filled nose, raspberry and rose hip in play, too. The palate generates good, oily gras and goes long, a real thrust of flavour, spiced content. From the mid-point, there’s a good mix of oily texture and fresh breeze – it will fuse those. There are meaty notes, quite fundamental moments here. It needs time, is **** on potential. It’s a good, sturdy, packed wine, lots here. “It’s rich, generous”, Marine Roussel. Decant it. From mid-late 2019. 2028-29 Feb 2018

2014 ()

an unusual blend given the harvest – 60% Syr, 25% Mourv (usually in Les Muses), 15% Grenache; plum red robe which has a tiled, ruby tone to it, has a red centre. Pine-red fruits, smoke, tobacco airs here, those of a less sunny year, clove and spicing notably. The palate runs with compact content, a good line of offer, fresh and channelled it is after half way. It’s going well now. The aftertaste is spiced. This has good tenacity, grip, has character, the spice of Mourvèdre in play also. 14.5°. 2022-23 Feb 2018

2013 ()

dark plum red robe. A  grilled, soaked raspberries aroma shows on the nose that comes with good lift, nice strength, has real foundation. There is a damp air in with the soaked fruits. This has an instant attack with a squelchy depth, spice and pepper on the go. It glows from within, ends on a tight note. There is a blue fruit, tip toe, coffee-licorice run towards the finish. 13.5°. 2021-22 June 2016

2009 ()

good full robe. Prune, supple black berry fruit aroma, “ink spots” in it and mineral-damp suggestions in its ripeness. Ball of rounded fruit on the palate, which has good heart - black berry and licorice there. Drives along well, and finishes on tar-licorice, slightly saline notes. Best for early drinking. 14.5°. To 2015 March 2011

2007 ()

quite full robe, black tints. The bouquet is well-filled with black fruit criss-crossing the glass in an active manner. It has a baked air behind, a sponge cake aroma, even tangerine, plus pepper seasoning. The texture on the attack is supple, and its blackberry flavour lasts well. It drinks on its early pleasure now, shows late, ripe tannins to encourage longer life towards 2014-15. Good continuity along the palate. There is Mourvèdre in helpful amounts to bolster its late stages. 14.5°. Dec 2009  Previously March 2009 *** full, dark red; has a typical Lirac blackberry fruit bouquet with a little warmth of garrigue herbs. The palate starts with fruit that is clear as a bell – this has a real tingle of direct appeal. Direct, just a bit upright, maybe from the Mourvèdre. Good with grilled foods. 2012-13 March 2009

2006

2 bottles, 2 views: one is that this is a severely extracted wine, rendered taut by the air on nose and palate. Maybe there are several bottlings. The better bottle three days before was ** quite a dark red, some advance in the robe; the bouquet has an earthy, fundamental note, with smoky black fruit above it. The palate is tight, pebbly, rather grainy on the finish. Only fair filling in this. Close to ready. To 2013. March 2009

2005

quite a dark robe; ripe, rather heady, herbal bouquet – there is plenty here, plenty to come – it mixes a suave fruit aroma with oak and tar. The palate gets off to a rich start, holds black cherry fruit with some intensity. It is rich all through, shows some late tannin and a peppery firmness in its late texture. It is a sustained wine, has a good kick in it, the balance is good and this is beau overall. Esp 2008 on. 2016-17 June 2007

2004 ()

brewed aroma – black fruit, pepper, olive, herbs and a meaty air as well. The palate lives on the edge to some extent – it starts with a raspberry flavour, but is always on the move, and late on is pebbly, with some richness within. The finish is toasted. To 2011. March 2007

2003 ()

black cherry colour, subdued depth at the top. The aroma lurks rather than declares – it is smoky, shows an ensemble of black fruit and bacon, peppery notes also. The palate debut bears prune and dark plum; there are lashings of licorice here. It is nicely rounded, the tannins ripe, the length sound. It shows Mourvèdre tarriness and its clean texture at the finish. It drinks well now, with good vigour and youth. The tannins have agreeable kick and on Day 2 the flavour takes on a more chocolate tone. 13.5°. 2011-12 Dec 2005

2001 ()

sound robe, not very dark. Has a brewed fruits aroma, red berries and spice, fair warmth, shows potential. The palate fruit is firm, marked by the 15% Mourvèdre that gives it underlay, a quasi tannic and licorice couch. A sit down wine thanks to that aspect, drink with beef. A floral side to it perks it up, and the length is good. 60% Gren, 15% each Mourv, Syr, 5% Cari, 5% Cins. 2010-11  Dec 2004