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The Wines

70% Grenache (1960s-1970s), 30% Mourvèdre from from clay-gravel soils on Le Pesquier & Les Blâches, hand harvested, whole bunch fermentation, 3 week vinification, cap punching at the start, then part vat emptying/refilling, lees turned at the end of fermentation, aged 600-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2009, 2,000 b

2010

(vat) comfortable sheen in its full red. There is a good ensemble on the bouquet that is peppery, shows black jelly, is round and carries some dusty airs. Nice supple attack here, all en rondeur. All very clean and orderly, this lengthens quietly. There are peppery late moments. Precise wine, nothing over scaled. The balance is OK. Can be drunk from Q3 2012 thanks to its balance. Bottling due early 2012. 2018-19. €9 ex cellars. July 2011

2009 ()

quite shiny, fair depth of red robe. The nose is cautious – prune, low horizon potential, a quiet strawberry jam air. The palate is in the here and now, is not travelling far. It takes on some pebbly, resiny tannin at the end that is genuine and local in character, provides an extra dimension, serves to lengthen it. 2016-17. €9 ex cellars. July 2011