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65-75% Grenache, 15-20% Mourvèdre, 5-20% Syrah (Syrah all near the Co-operative, low down), 15% at 310 metres (av age 35 years), destemmed, 3 week vinification, cap punching, 50% vat raised, 50% aged oak casks 12 months, filtered, 6-32,000 b

2012 ()

dark robe. Red meat droplets combine with cassis density on the nose, is rather a full-blooded, of warm lands, opening, oak evident. The palate is likewise expressive, carries a good, lusty trail of black berry/cherry fruit, backed by springy tannins. It exhibits a little tar grip and oak as it ends. Well juiced 2012 Rasteau, its oak pretty well handled. 14°. 6,000 b. 65% Gren, 20%, 15% Syr.  €8.50. 2021-22  Apr 2015  Previously Nov 2013 (the Syrah) ***(*) purple, dark red; vanilla-oak across the nose, clear black berry fruit inside it, rather northern Rhône such as Sarras style at St Jo, bacon and licorice. The palate bears pretty lissom, fluid dark berry fruit, with insistent oak around it. Has good core matter. It depends on the Grenache to stuff it out more and subdue the oak. Shows late heat, glow. It returns to its southern instincts on the end. No more oak needed than this. 11 years. Nov 2013

2010 ()

(the final assemblage) middling depth to its red, wee purple notes. Has a swish blackberry fruit aroma, mulled and modern in style, with an iris, floral note, is fat. It shows a pretty scenting, and a salty tang. On Day 2 the fruit resembles blueberry. The palate is streamlined, moves on through oak that is furtively lining its side before emerging more fully on the finish. The fruit is pristine, rather airborne. It ends on the grain of light tannins and its oak. It certainly has a sleek sense of purpose, near finesse. There is a mix of licorice and oak on the aftertaste, the oak drying it. On Day 2, the gras is in good shape, and the oak shows it can blend. 2020-21  Aug 2012

2009 ()

quite a dark red; clinical, “clean”, dark cherry, smoky aroma – the bouquet is arm’s length rather than cosy, has a little potential to gain interest and variety. The palate is also more cellar than vineyard in nature, with an oak theme on top after half way, prior to a licorice and toasted aftertaste. This doesn’t really fot eh full distance, , its ambition overly safe. Has fair gras, with notes of black cherry in the flavour. More risk = better wine, ie later harvesting, less intervention, less oak. There are signs of altitude in its cool texture. More interesting from 2015? 14.5°. 2019-20  July 2013

2007

rather dark; expansive nose – it is broad, and resembles deep, grounded influences such as gravy, Bovril, black raisin, chocolate – a rumble of power here. The palate is not 100% balanced – acidity lies on the outside, has a sense of being stretched. Mature richness. Robust wine. food will help it. 14°. To 2015. April 2011

2006

purple, black tints. Baked fruits, black raisin aroma that is cautious. The palate has a full nature, but rather burnt siding – it is upright in its later stages, the fruit not forward. Decant, or wait until mid-2010. To 2013. March 2009