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50-80% Grenache, 10-30% Syrah, 10-20% Mourvèdre (all 1940s-1960s) from blue-grey clay, plenty of limestone soils on La Brune, Ste Antoine, destemmed, 30-35 day oak vat vinification, part vat emptying/refillings, daily cap punching, a selection of Prestige wine, no press wine added, aged new 600-litre oak casks 18 months, unfined, filtered, made in 2001, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, organic, biodynamic wine, 1,200-2,000 b

2017 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED, WINE INTO LA MONDONA

2016

dark, serious robe. The bouquet is chunky, an accumulation of black cherry, blackberry and oak charcoal. It’s in a very primary state now. The palate goes deep and broad, with concentration in the juice, which bears the house purity. The tannins have an oily texture with some grain powder within. There’s licorice and blueberry on the finish, a little burst of coulis style fruit there. The oak demands it be set aside for three years, and renders it off the terroir route for now. There’s good depth of content here, a deep foundation within the oak. Decanting advised. From 2021. 2031-33 Oct 2017

2015 ()

clear, quite dark red. Spice and oak-toffee mingle on the nose, which is still in the cellar, prune fruit and a hint of alcohol degree. The palate is rather rugged, with concentrated Grenache content, dark tannins, raisins in the flavour. This is grounded, sturdy, masculine wine. The finish is doughty, not charming. It is a “strong” wine, best with beef, game stews. Its thick juice recedes a bit, but it can fuse. From 2020. 2028-30 Oct 2017

2014

quite a full red. The nose is big and unrefined; it has an unrestricted width, and its plum fruit is dashed with peony, cloves. The palate has a copious presence centred on liqueur style fruits, soaked and very ripe. One can drink a little of this only at one sitting, since it is close to being heady and over fat. 15°. 1,200 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. €6.07. 2021-22 May 2016 Previously Apr 2015 ***(*) (casks) dark red; nose has a good cassis front, a bulge of rather sweet fruit, hints of raspberry and mint also. The palate presents a good charge of red fruit with a butty, roasted nature, leaving a fleshy, rather bold finish. This is full of beans, with enough content to also show well in its second phase, from 2018 on. It has character. From spring 2016. 15°. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. 1,200 b. €6.48 export. 2021-22  Apr 2015

2009

this has a full red robe, with legs visible – it is showing very little evolution, comes with a very rich aspect. The nose is smoky, deep and swirling – the warm lands breathe their inspiration thanks to aromas such as prune, violet, menthol, with a caramel/treacle depth. The palate has a coated, running fullness, with high points of dark, sustained berry fruit, much generosity on the go. 2009 is a rockabilly year for Rasteau, and this is a very good example of it. It ends with a low-key freshness that can develop, like the shutters just being opened into the light of the day. It is rich and big, but has chinks of light. 15°. “The pH is 3.7 and the total acidity 3.1 or so – it is a low acidity wine, but despite the over-ripeness, the finish is fresh,” Robert Charavin. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv, 100% new oak, of which there is no trace. 15°. 2028-29  Apr 2015 Previously May 2012 *** black-tinted robe; there is a note of varnish, acetate in the nose for starters. Indian tea such as Darjeeling is present, with a smoky darkness and black cherry. The palate is also marked by acetate, is stiff, delivers black fruit with a compact texture, a firm underlay, nothing loose. The fruit is rather plastic somehow, has oak in it. This firm wine needs decanting. Hay-herbal aftertaste. Not wholly sure. 2019-20 May 2012

2001 ()

(magnum) this year: 80% Mourv, 20% Gren. The red robe is still mainly complete. Has a red fruited, oily, very interesting bouquet, full of genuine richness; shows leather and dark fruits. The palate is complete, has swallowed most of its oak, though that is still evident on the finish. Has a fine, mineral, cocoa finish. This excites me. Very successful. 15°. 2019-20 May 2012