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40-60% Syrah, 20-40% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre (vines av age 40+ years) from clay-limestone, galet stone slopes, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, cap punching, daily pumping overs, aged 50-100% new & 1-year 300-litre oak casks, 0-50% concrete vat 9-12 months (before late 2010s aged 50-77% 300-litre oak casks (half new, half 1-4 year), 23-50% concrete vat 9-12 months), unfiltered, “drink with lamb, game, entrecôte steak in a red wine sauce”, 20,000-25,000 b

2018 ()

dark red robe; crushed raspberries, a soupy air with sweet oak in the mix on the nose, a cellar-derived opening. There is a meaty, seared side to it. The palate holds red stone fruit flavours, spots of richness, with oak on the fringes, and isn’t at ease with its oak raising. It’s a bit of a jumble, and I would prefer less oak, more vineyard. The oak proportion has risen now to 100%, half new, half 1-year – not a good move. 14.5°. 25,000 b. 60% Syr, 20% Gren, 20% Mourv. €9.45 at the cellars. 2023 Oct 2020

2017 ()

dark red colour. The nose is oaked, scaled, flashy, with a firm inlay of red fruit, liqueur strength in it. The palate is broad, full, replete with masses of driving red berry fruit and muncheable tannins. It’s vivid, live, Lirac rouge, just a bit pumped up in the cellar, the foot down on the pedal. 15°. 25,000 b. 60% Syr, 20% Gren, 20% Mourv. From 2020. 2029-30 May 2019

2015 ()

dark plum colour. Has an attractive, well rounded bouquet, airs of mulberry, raspberry flit in and out, a shimmer of flowers, musk, smokiness also, cooked plums. The flavour is tasty via black fruits with a squeezy texture until late oak and tannin bring more grain, but are carefully done. There’s a little meatiness in the flavour. It’s a good, steady Lirac for lamb stew, tajine, for example. There are fine notes of blueberry on the aftertaste. It’s moving into good shape now. 14.5°. 2020-21 Dec 2017

2014 ()

dark plum colour. The nose has lift-off, gives an air of blackberry that issues out well, backed by a little grounding, baked depth, a hint of oak. The palate starts on a run of black cherry, builds its intensity as it goes, the juice concentrating towards the finish, where there is oak. It is pretty long; the aftertaste is tarry. Modern style, not yet an ensemble, so leave until mid-2017. 14.5°. €8. 20,000 b. 2021-22  Feb 2016

2011 ()

quite dark. Blackberry aroma with a resin touch, rosemary herbs, an earthy note. The palate gives fluid, juicy, immediate spiced red plum fruit which is ripe. It has an oaked siding, runs pretty well, and ends on more grainy elements. A sound 2011 – not a big structure, but it is nice and loosely fruited, the fruit appealing. 15°. Sound price at €7.60. Drink this early, but it can go until 2018  May 2013

2010

solid red robe; wide, harmonious nose, with nice inky darkness, is thorough. Herbal, complete debut to the palate – it does well alongside the domaines, not like the old days. It has a dark fruit quality and tar present. It is a bit dark-dark, in extremis, but decant and wait till late 2012. It is rather tough now. Shows power, glow on the finish. 15°, note. 2018-19 Dec 2011

2008 ()

quite a dark robe. The first aroma is black cherry, has a detached, lightly smoky air, with Grenache plum fruit emerging further on. Its lacks freshness. The palate has a Grenache lead via rather ripe, soft red fruit before some tannins encircle it. It drinks agreeably now, and already shows mature notes. Dull. 14.5°. To 2013. €7.30.  Dec 2009