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The Wines

40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre (all 1940s-1960s) from clay, plenty of limestone soils, destemmed, 30-35 day oak vat vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refillings, daily cap punching, aged large tronconic oak vat 10 months, then enamel vat 6 months, unfined, filtered, last year 2013, from then on into Mondona, 10,000 b

2010 ()

rather bright, dark red robe that is not as “thick” as some Rasteau 2010s. Shows a sweet, rather facile round and sweetly fruited air – there is ripe Grenache plum and raspberry fruit at its heart. The palate holds attractive fruit on its supple attack – this is a near-term, fresh, drinkable Rasteau with a salty, clear note all through it and a little more grainy note from live, unforced tannins. This will please for its open, squeezy fruit. 2018-19 May 2012

2009 ()

dark red; sunny black jam aroma that is open and willing. The palate is similar – it is round and ripe, has good juicy fruit lining it, a plump and fleshy heart. It continues well, and safely picks up ripe tannins and pepper. 15°. 2016-17 Sept 2010

2007

full, purple-tinted robe. The nose is closed, has some potential cork taint, black fruit mixed with leather, latent game. Blackberry flavour to a gutsy, full wine, which has a proper structure to live, a classic composition. Ends on dryness. For a completely correct bottle, this would be ***. 15°. 2016-17 March 2010

2005

dark robe; ripe black fruit aroma that is quite wide, still reserved. Black fruits feature on the palate, exude some southern richness, followed by olives and black pepper. Fair acidity and grip on this, and a hint of oak mixed in with its power towards the finish. There is a quite intense black jam taste lying at its heart. Esp from late 2008, but it can be drunk now for its vigour and youthful qualities, especially with grilled beef, for instance. To 2014. 15°. Nov 2007