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The Wines

60% Grenache, 40% Syrah from north-facing clay-limestone soils at St Victor la Coste & Laudun, destemmed, 21-30 day vinification, daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 9-11 months, filtered, 80,000 b

2015

has a Victoria plum red robe. The nose bears a mild, soft blackberry jam fruit aroma, is lightly sweet and floral. The palate works on mellow plum fruit with a little raspberry; it has enough depth for rib of beef, stews. The tannins are a bit edged, brittle, but the wine finmishes freshly overall. The aftertaste leaves a spearmint rush. The close is a bit limited. 14°. From spring 2017. To 2022 Jan 2017

2012 ()

(vat) red robe. Stewed Victoria plum fruit aroma of depth, earthen qualities. The palate shows a grilled side in its facile, scented red Grenache fruit, a jam flavour of that. It isn’t especially clear-cut, is a little ponderous. Its fruit could be fresher. Traditional, style, country wine, drink with stews, for instance. 14.5°. To 2016  Oct 2013

2011 No Rating

quite a shiny pale red. Yeasty, baked air, very baked it is, shows rather torrid Grenache red fruit, is on the heat. The palate delivers cooked fruit, is very compressed, not loose, as if it were 2009 in this compacted state from hot sun. Fails to flow freely, has limited scope. It ends firmly, with alcohol apparent. Not balanced. Oct 2012