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The Wines

70-75% Grenache (late 1970s), 10-25% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Carignan, 0-5% Cinsault from clay-sandy soils at Violès near the domaine, hand harvested, whole bunch fermentation, 2-3 week vinification, daily pumping overs, lees turned at the end of fermentation, concrete vat raised 12-18 months, unfined, filtered, “drink young”, 15-40,000 b

2015 ()

quite a full red robe. The nose is quietly wide, shows a little reduction, has a plum fruit, Grenache-inspired lead, with a savoury, chicken stock and sweet herbs, licorice accompaniment. You want to decant it to allow it to break out more. The palate is well spiced, genuine, has the heart of a garrigue wine with drops of herbs and aniseed in its red fruits. The tannins are still on the rocky, demanding side, and will be softer by spring 2017. A wine for la table: lamb a good option. 14°. 15,000 b. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. 2020-21 June 2016 

2013

sombre red robe. The nose captures warm plum fruit and spice, has a gentle, floral quality as well. It gives a direct from the vineyard aroma, is nice and clear. The palate is peppery, the texture achieving some smoothness. A late cluster of grainy tannins appears, a touch of dust on them. This drinks easily, is perfect with grills, barbecues, sausages. The finish is a bit tarry. It is authentic – I give it marks for that. There is attractive fine juice near the finish. 14°. To 2018  Aug 2015

2012 ()

(vat) quite a full red; has a sweet plum aroma with a brewed, earthy note within; it shows a black raisin ripeness, has likeable southern fat and glow. The palate is tidy, trim – carries attractive berry, mulberry fruit, runs easily, possesses quite tannins, the length sound. Set to drink well, especially from mid-2014. Its fruit reaches across the palate well, with light flint and herb notions in it. Local, STGT wine that is nicely cut, not a sweet marauder. 14°. €2.75 export, good value. 2017-18  Oct 2013