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55-70% Grenache, 20-25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 3-10% old Carignan, old Cinsault, destemmed, 2-3-week vinification, pumping overs, part cap punching, mainly concrete vat, partly large barrel raised 6-12 months, several bottlings, “drink with red meats, game birds, cheese”, filtered, 240,000-1.26 million b

2017 ()

full robe; there is a sweet curve to the bouquet, blackberry liqueur-coulis to the fore, shows the vintage sun in its ripeness. The palate bears comfy content, a fleshy wave of mixed berry fruits, some late sparks of freshness. The tannins are still on the young side, have a flexible tone. It’s pretty genuine Rasteau. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. From spring 2020. 2030-32 Mar 2019

2015 ()

(vat/barrel) dark red. Ripe black cherry is the first aroma, with a notion of mixed herbs behind. The palate holds stone fruits with a powdered tannin entry after the mid-point. It finishes on fine grain content, clearly, with a little spearmint. 14°5. 240,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. €4-5. From late 2017. 2023-24 May 2016


(vat/barrel) dark red colour. The nose is broad and has a comfortable filling of red cherry fruit that is cool enough to avoid slipping into liqueur in style. The palate is firm and sturdy, a muscular interior keeping it largely closed for now. The Grenache gives its red fruits, and the finish kicks out with attitude. This is well structured, serious Rasteau. 14°. 240,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. €4-5 export. From spring 2018. 2024-25 May 2016  Previously Apr 2015 *** (vat/large barrel) shiny, quite dark red robe; this has a live, blackberry and menthol aroma, a little air of herbes de Provence – the nose is young and not much varied as yet. The palate is close-knit, in on itself, has a red cherry fruit tune, a low-key register. It lengthens steadily, without fanfare. A safe bet Rasteau. 14°. 240,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. €4.50 export. From 2016. 2020-21  Apr 2015 

2011 ()

purple-red, bright robe. Has a jaunty, peppery air with a mulberry or red cherry, liqueur red fruit undernote, the fruits mulled. There is an ash smoke snap, with licorice, to pep it up. This is attractive, drinkable wine – it has a good cut in it, and thre fruit runs freely. It is nice and direct, not especially complex. There is a gentle spread of red cherry fruit across the later palate. It drinks well now, doesn’t carry too many varied extras, and is good for grills, sausages etc. A fine, cool wine with a kick under the surface. It works well for early drinking. 14.5°. 2017-18  Dec 2012 Previously May 2012 ***(*) (vat, the assembled wine, ready to go, the first lot will be bottled soon) steady red; the nose is out and open, shows fat red fruit, nice sunny raspberry and a drift of thyme and herbs. This has the flavour of soaked red cherries – griottes – accompanied by supple tannins. It gains just a little extra weight on the finish. A notably juicy wine that would be great in bistrots, is w.o.w. It is very round, has sucrosity and its red fruits stand in contrast to the black fruits of the 2010 vintage. The finale is oily, generous, has a wee glow on it. 14.7°. €7.90 retail at the cellars. To 2017 May 2012

2010 ()

red robe; has a dusty, rather grilled air, with nice, sunny and ripe fruit present, shows a touch of kirsch, liccorice and light violet airs. The red fruit on the palate carries well – this is agreeably well-filled, and the tannins fit in snugly, providing life and lift at the end. Attractive length. Very correct Rasteau that is quite sleek, has depth. It tightens on the finish for now. 14°2. This is a 2012 bottling, and is better than last year`s bottled wine. 2018-19 May 2012 Previously April 2011 *(*) quite a full robe; suave, mild air of black cherry, light spice. Spiced, singed start to the palate, then along come demanding tannins. The fruit is rather stringy. Ends on tar notes. Lacks charm. Narrows down on the finish, lacks gras. 14°. 2014. April 2011

2009 ()

purple robe; spicy, grilled bouquet with licorice and mulberry, red berry playing around inside. It shows a small spot of gras, with spice foremost. The palate has local herb-dust-spice trails running through its dark berry fruit. This has plenty of drive, even late heat. The attack has the bustle, pebbly drive of Rasteau; there are very “dark” spots in this, real inkiness. The aftertaste is still fired up, has licorice and tar inside it. Quite a big wine, 15° or so. Shows the strength of the 2009 vintage. 14.5°. 2108-19 June 2012

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