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45-60% Grenache (oldest 1920s), 25-35% Syrah, 15-20% Mourvèdre, hand harvested, destemmed, light crush, 5-week vinification, small manual pumping overs, malo in oak, aged 40% new, 60% 1-year 225-litre & 600-litre oak casks 12 months, filtered, wide, heavy bottle, 3-5,000 b

2012

shiny, rather dark red robe. Oak and black cherry combination on the nose, with some licorice, the oak prominent. The fruit is ripe, the nose is juvenile. The palate holds some rich content, with the oak ever-present, giving the wine a varnish, pine needle jab in the ribs. It isn’t close to being local, but the heart holds southern matter. I suppose you wait until 2017 to reduce the smack of oak on the palate, or drink it now if you like oaked, cellar-derived, savoury wine. 15°. 3,000 b. €16.90. 2021-22  Apr 2015 

2010 ()

dark red, attractive robe. The oak is settling in on the nose, but still evident. Crushed black cherries form the foundation of the bouquet. The palate puts on a good, streamlined show of sleek black cherry with much tar around it from its oaking. This still needs to fuse, but the content is supple now. Modern wine. It holds cool 2010 features, and delivers licorice-cocoa as it ends. It drinks well now, with the oak present, but not all over it. 2021-22  May 2015

2009 ()

shiny, dark red. The nose has a smoky, stylish air with floral touches, licorice and coffee. The oak is infusing, and it is elegant. The palate is full but refined – there is nice, silken fruit inside, but it stiffens under its oak. It ends elegantly, persistently and clearly. The finish is joli – not really Rasteau, but rather interesting. This is an experimental Rasteau. 5,000 b. 45% Gren, 35% Syr, 20% Mourv. From 2014. 2023-25 May 2012