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85-90% Mourvèdre (1975-77, mid-1990s), 10% Syrah, (contained 5-20% Grenache (1972, 1975, 1977) until early 2010s, then 0-5% Grenache), very low yields (12 hl/ha), destemmed, only wild yeasts, 20 day vinification, daily pumping overs, underground concrete vat raised 36 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 1996, organic, biodynamic wine, 6,650 b

2015 ()

(vat, bottling 21 March 2018) shiny dark red. The nose is complete, good, really well together, as one, a bright pile of red fruits at its core. There is typical Mourvèdre on the nose, with hints of toffee. The palate runs with close-knit, spiced content, a fresh-menthol style after half way. The fruit is crisp, the matter coming with good depth, a sealed nature, a beau combination. The length is very good, and there’s inner richness, dates in the flavour. This is full of gusto, is a real “up” wine. “The Mourvèdre raised in concrete allows that long line of finish,” Marine Roussel. 85% Mourv, 10% Syr, 5% Gren. From 2020. 2029-30 Feb 2018

2014 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: WINE INTO LE CLASSIQUE LIRAC – “IT LACKED PRESENCE”

2012

deep, full robe. Really broad, forward and sustained bouquet – it truly takes a bow on a full stage, has layered airs of black fruits, blueberry, black olives. Leather, animal notes, smoke and licorice are all here – it’s a powerful bouquet. The palate links well to the nose, gives a good charge of immediate, solid black fruits. This is exciting wine that possesses real good southern virtues, long and fresh as well. It’s a Rock n’Roll wine with deep black cherry present, great vigour, proper Mourvèdre length, and a measured close is the icing on the cake. Bottled late 2015. “It’s profound,” Marine Roussel. 14.5°. 90% Mourv, 10% Syr. 2024-26 June 2016

2009 ()

medium depth robe, matt leaning. Cooked red fruit, bacon notes on a nose which is already maturing, showing the most it can. There are smoky, damp notes, ripe fruits here. There are some supple early moments on the palate, but the fruit reflects the dry conditions of 2009 – it is dry, and finishes on a slightly oxidative tone. Lacks real fruit carry. Has firm, peppery tannins. A bit of a mish-mash of elements, not an ensemble. Try from spring 2012, decant also to unlock some of the Mourvèdre stubbornness. Time may help. 14.5°. 80% Mourvèdre this year. 2016-17 July 2011

2007 ()

(bottled 1 week ago) attractive, red-purple robe; easy-going, rounded bouquet – red jam air that is free, has local integrity, herbs. The palate leads with pretty fruit, has a charming clarity and precise line in that fruit. This is appealing, while its end tannins give it impetus and length. Is an STGT wine, even with a lot of Mourvèdre. 2014-15 March 2009 60% M, 20% G, 10% S, 10% Cinsault & Carignan

2006 ()

attractive, full red robe; the bouquet is settling down – the top air is smoky, and it is now taking on a secondary nuance, comes with a little pepper, can vary as it ages. Blackcurrant and blackberry fruits set off with an inlay of tannin towards the finish. It is now drinking on its mineral state, but is making its way steadily. Good, fresh length. Interesting wine – drink from autumn 2009. To 2014. March 2009 75% M, 15% Cinsault & Carignan, 6% Syrah, 4% Grenache

2005

pretty black and red robe; mulled blackberry fruit with mineral, grilling and good top spice on the nose. A little red meat air hovers. The bouquet flows well into the palate, where the blackberry fruit has a rich heart, and an interesting herbal aftertaste. It seems to have oak (tasted blind), but needs leaving until 2009 to settle. It has a rich, quite sweet flavour and aftertaste, and its tannins are well set within. 2016-17 June 2007 80% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache this year

2003

grilled aroma – prune, earthy tang in the black fruit. Has a vibrant black fruit attack, lots of energy – there are tannins lying inside its broad content. There is a risk it may dry if you wait for the tannins to settle, but the core matter is rich. Some end spirit notes, the power of the ripe crop. 2010-11. March 2007 45% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache, 20% Cinsault this year