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The Wines

70-75% Grenache, 20-25% Syrah, 5-20% Mourvèdre, 2-3% Cinsault from Rasteau (contains fruit from previous Rasteau Vill AC vineyards declassified after the promotion to cru), also Roaix, Cairanne, dsetemmed, 10 day vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, raised concrete, steel vat 10 months, filtered, 480-530,000 b

2012

(vat) shiny red robe. The bouquet is potentially supple, shows reduction now, but within there is an air of agreeable dark berry fruiting and licorice. The palate resembles the supple style of the nose, gives pliant fruit until a more close-knit finish. An efficient, “modern” style. A shade more depth on the finish would be welcome. From mid-2014. 14°. 180,000 b. €3.47 ex cellars. 2017-18  Oct 2013

2011

quite dark red. Gummy, oxidative, flat aroma; the nose shows prune, treacle, needs to be brighter. The palate starts on red plum fruit, has relatively supple tannins. Brewed wine that could be fresher. It is close to ready, needs country foods. The aftertaste is a bit sticky, has a black raisin angle. 14.5°. 2015-16  Oct 2012

2010

shiny red robe; the nose is rounded, offers fat red fruit, a hint of light grilling and spice – a nice welcome. The palate carries ingrained spice, and gains in weight as it goes. This isn`t flashy fruit, but is a wine of nice honesty. It closes on a 2010 Rasteau mark via a knuckle of crispness, licorice. It needs another 9 to 12 months, ie another winter, to draw together. Decent, genuine, local STGT wine. Bottled Oct 2011. €6.50 at the cellars, good value. 14°. To 2017 May 2012