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50-65% Grenache (1960s), 25-35% Syrah, 10-15% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Carignan from clay-limestone, galet stone soils, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, 85-90% vat, 10-15% 2-5 year 228-litre oak cask aged 15-18 months, filtered, a selection in the cellar of older Grenache and more Syrah than for the Tradition, filtered, 80-112,000 b

2015 ()

(vat/casks) purple tinted dark robe. The nose is open, rather stylish, gives raspberry fruit, a touch of sweetness. The palate links closely, holds Grenache plum fruits with some spicing to pep up the second half. It finishes with some fresh, tangy tannin. It has some character. 14.5°. 84,000 b. 50% Gren, 35% Syr, 15% Mourv. From late 2017. 2023-24 May 2016

2014

(vat/casks) shiny dark red robe. The nose is handsome, with a low-key show for today. It gives an expressive air of blackberry, with an element of soaking in alcohol in the fruit, a griottes leaning. The palate is gourmand, full of fleshy, black fruited content with supple tannins rolling around the late stages. It is a well-juiced, generous Rasteau 2014. 14°. 84,000 b. 50% Gren, 35% Syr, 15% Mourv. From mid-2018. 2023-24  May 2016 

2012 ()

dark colour; beef stock, savoury styled nose, with a twinkle of more dainty black berry fruit at its centre, a good start. The fruit will part the stage’s curtains over time, and emerge into the limelight. The palate bears a roll of black fruit with still demanding tannins that advance early. It needs to settle its finish. The wait until 2017 will also deliver greater local imprint. 14.5°. 50% Gren, 35% Syr, 15% Mourv. 84,000 b.  2021-22 Apr 2015 

2009 ()

full red robe; the nose is wide, rather hearty. There is a combination of pork smoke and raspberry. It has an oily, full-bodied palate that captures Rasteau well. It is full of beans, and has local pepper-spice at the end and the local, rather stiff tannins. Decant this. Proper Grenache heart. Good quality wine that ends in a chunky way. €9.70 retail at the cellars. 2020-21 May 2012

2007 ()

2 bottles tasted. Bottle 1: dark, still full robe. Biscuity, cardboardy, flat aroma. Volatile on palate. Bottle 2: plum red; raspberry fruit, focused air. The fruit is a shade acrid, does not have moments of harmony, ends fruit-free. The attack of red berries is the best single moment here. 14.5°. 2014-15. 50% G, 35% Syr, 15% M this year. April 2011

2006 ()

full, dark red robe. The nose shows reduction, game in its dark fruit. There is plenty of depth on the palate = its matter is rich, and takes on an interesting set of tannins from half way – these are ripe but mobile tannins, and add a licorice snap. Finishes clearly. DECANTED: a murmur of red berry, raspberry fruit on the nose – it a bit earthy behind, but has been improved and made clearer. There is now greater blackberry fruit above all on the palate, but is still in on itself. Length is OK. Conclusion: a wine in transition, come back to it in late 2009. Has sound heart. Be ready to decant it. 14.5°. 2012-13 March 2009