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50-60% Grenache, 20-25% Carignan, 10-20% Syrah, 10-15% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Cinsault, 0-10% Carignan (av age 40 years), hand harvested, destemmed, wild yeasts, 1-3 month vinification & maceration, daily light pumping overs, underground concrete vat raised 12-18 months, unfined, filtered, “my round, fruity, very ripe Grenache wine”, organic, biodynamic wine, 10,500-40,000 b

2015

red robe. Smoke, bacon-pine, bosky airs here, a good charge of raspberry fruit in what is a quite thick bouquet which has a good criss-cross of prompts. There’s a good aromatic theme along the palate, rose hip with some punch in the content; there’s proper good body here. Licorice, tar, prune notes come through after half way, following on from the fine red fruits. This is good Lirac. Decant it. Bottled Nov 2017. 14.5°. From spring 2019. 2027-28 Feb 2018

2014

mild red robe. Has a baked red berry tart first aroma, a little syrup in the fruit style, with cloves and light floral influences. The palate starts on a spice-pepper front, with red cherry and added intensity coming through as it ends. The aftertaste is gummy, lip smacking. It is a trifle spare of content. Drink with magret or duck breast, veal. 14.5°. 15,000 b. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Cari, 10% Cins. 2019-20  Feb 2016 

2011

2 bottles tasted. 1st bottle: dark red. Acidity, green air, hazelnut, pistachio. Grilled palate, ends a bit burnt. Wacky wine, maybe a 2nd bottle will be better. Bottle 2: the same nose, green apple, pistachio nut. The palate starts on grilled, smoked notes; the fruit isn’t yet on top, and is surrounded by green, mineral notes, mocha, cordite. A singular wine, not for everyone. It carries its nuttiness into the palate, which finishes tautly. From 2014, and hope the fluid fruit plays a larger role. There is wine in the glass, so there is hope. 14.5°. 2018-19  May 2013

2007 ()

bright red with black traces; has a nutty, blackberry fruit aroma that is immediately appealing, with herbal, southern notes as well. The palate comes with direct early thrust, with lively black fruit and energy, followed by a pretty final flourish. This makes for bonny drinking, has a good shimmer of power. w.o.w. style of wine. To 2013 March 2009 50% G, 20% S, 15% M, 15% Cinsault & Carignan this year

2005

(bottled 2 days ago) refined, orderly bouquet that bears a jam aroma – blackberry, raspberry. The palate is bouncy, live – has good tannic energy, its length is good. There is sinew in it, a 2005 vintage imprimatur even if it is the amusing cuvée. 2012-13 March 2007 80% Grenache, 20% Carignan & Cinsault this year.