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50-70% Grenache (1970s), 10-20% Syrah, 5-25% Cinsault, 0-15% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Carignan, hand harvested from galet stone covered clay-sandy soils at St Laurent des Arbres, pre-fermentation crop cooling at 14°C, destemmed, 3 week vinification at up to 28-30°C, 1 daily pumping over, 1 daily part vat emptying/refilling, aged 70-85% steel vat, 15-30% (Mourvèdre, can be Syrah) 4-10 year 600-litre oak casks 11 months, filtered, 5,000 b

2018 ()

dark plum red robe, subdued hue to it. The bouquet is a mixture of sweet oak and brewed black berry fruits, feels cellar-derived, has grilling. It’s quite weighty. The palate holds plum fruit, a Grenache signature with cool, mineral etching within, and the oak apparent out on its own on the aftertaste. It’s acceptable Lirac, but the oak exceeds its brief; it brings a charcoal, tarry tone to the wine, drying the late moments. If you like a composite wine with oak, this is your dish. 14°. 50% Gren, 25% Cins, 15% Mourv, 10% Syr. €10.50 at the domaine. 2023-24 Oct 2020

2014 ()

dark red robe. The bouquet gives a neatly defined air of blackberry fruit jam, a light floral note hovering in behind; the tone is lightly sweet. The palate bears graceful fruit backed by firmer, nicely crisp tannins and their darker tang. This has cool virtues, the fruit gliding well. Menthol appears on the finish in an inviting, tarry sign-off. 14°. 5,000 b. 2020-21  Feb 2016

2009 ()

bright black cherry robe; ripe black fruit with a granular air leads the bouquet, has a style of damp, macerated or soaked fruits, berries, with licorice and black pepper spicing it up. Supple fruit sets off on the palate – it is front loaded, with a sweet note present, then a touch of late lees – it isn’t quite fresh or sunny there. I also find oak on the finish. I prefer the attack to the end. 14°. From mid-2012. 2017.  July 2011