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70-80% Grenache (late 1960s), 0-20% Syrah, 10-20% Mourvèdre, hand harvested, part destemmed, 3 week vinification at between 26-30°C, daily pumping overs, underground concrete vat raised 10 months (can also include raising in large 25 & 35 hl barrels), unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2011, has been called Pas du Meunier, organic wine, 10-14,000 b

2015 ()

(vat) dark red robe. The nose is young and dark, with a central fruit of raspberry, and a baked nature like yeastiness. The palate gives red fruits with a spring of life and a sprinkle of sweet herbs, oregano present. The Grenache leads the way here. 14.5°. €5.50 export. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. From 2018. 2023-24  May 2016

2014

(vat) dark red robe. There is a small note of lees on the nose, with chocolate from its raising. There is a grapey aroma. The palate is in the open and obvious school of wine, with a line of spirit just under wraps as it goes. The flirtation with its degree is a dangerous game. Leave until 2018. I am not sure about the balance here, but its flashy tendency will find supporters. 14.5°. 14,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. €5.50 export. 2021-22 May 2016  Previously Apr 2015 **(*) (concrete vat) mottled plum red colour; grainy red berry, cooked red fruits aroma, a note of pine, boskiness. The palate centres on Grenache plum fruit with accompanying spicing, and a note of gras is revealed as it finishes. This is a little restricted in scope, a touch plain. 14.5°. 10,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv. Concrete vat only raising. €5.80 export. From 2016. 2019-20 Apr 2015  

2013

mainly dark red robe; supple, instantly fat fruit aroma – black berries with a mulled side to them, a lurk of reduction. The palate has a black fruit lining, some herbs present, and continues better than expected, gains some late momentum. The finish is crisp, the tannins tight and chewy. Winter drinking, stews. 14.5°. 10,600 b. €5.80 export. From 2016. 2020-21 Apr 2015 

2012

dark red robe; the nose has a charming depth, expresses coulis black berry fruit, a note of raspberry, a hint of herbs as well. The palate fruit is clear, bold, sleek, and it runs with extremely clear precision, straight as an arrow. Still very young. It has a group of powdered, dark tannins that bear licorice on the finish, and has captured the clear qualities of the vintage well. There is a good foundation in this clear, clean, well-weighted Rasteau – and not necessarily a prominent show of Grenache here (is 70%, but not obviously so). You can wait until spring 2016. 14.5°. 10,600 b. VALUE €5.80 export.  2023-24  Apr 2015