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50-70% Grenache, 25-30% Syrah, 5-20% Mourvèdre, 0-15% Carignan (early 1950s-1970s) from clay with plenty of limestone soils on Font de Bouzon (locally known as Mondona), La Brune (blue clay), Saint-Martin, South-South-West facing slopes at south of appellation, destemmed, 25-35 day vinification at 20°C, gentle top of vat daily cap punching, 1-2 pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, raised 45 & 53 hl tronconic oak vats (before 2014 has been aged 30% 30-40 hl concrete vats, 30% 50 hl tronconic oak vat, 30% 4 year 600-litre oak casks), all wine ends in concrete vat, total raising 9-15 months, 2+ bottlings, first after 11 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, biodynamic wine, 7-20,000 b

2016

(vat, bottling June 2018) shiny dark red. Good mixed fruits come forward on the nose, black cherries, ripe blueberry, has some licorice, and genuine Rasteau depth, finely delivered. There are flashes of mineral, raspberry fruit also. The palate is silken, on shapely richness, real good heart, all elements in unison. This gives a lovely smooth ride, is a very clear, well presented Rasteau. The finish’s tannins have a powdery elegance. This is STGT wine of great poise, and good balance. From spring-late 2019. 2027-29 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(oak vat) steady red robe. The bouquet is well en route, has a cosy air of sweet blackberry and mulberry. The palate bears tasty, up front red fruits with soft tannins that are all ensconsed into the wine. It has an open, sunny nature, and is easy to like. There is low-key grip and tannin on the finish, all helpful. A bonny do it is. 15°. 10,000 b. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv, more Gren than usual recently. From spring 2017. 2021-22 May 2016

2014

decent red robe. The bouquet is round, neat, expresses a still cautious air of blackberry, has the winning simplicity of 2014, all en rondeur fruiting. The palate is very enjoyable, is a near Burgundian take on Rasteau with soft red fruit and content, like a plump Pinot from a sunny year. It drinks well now; serve in a large glass, and enjoy. The finish brings in some fine powder tannins. 14.5°. 20,000 b . 50% Gren, 30% Syr, 15% Cari, 5% Mourv. €6.07. 2020-21 May 2016 Previously Apr 2015 ***(*) (oak vat) dark red robe, jolie. The nose gives a simmered berries aroma, with notes of laurel, rosemary, a definite garrigue presence. The palate’s red berry fruit is nice and pure, as suggested by the quality of  its fruit in the aroma. Enjoyable, shapely wine. Bonny drinking, good clarity. This will drink well soon – from late 2015. Ace with grills. 14.5°. 20,000 b. €6.48 export. 50% Gren, 30% Syr, 15% Carignan, 5% Mourv. 2020-21 Apr 2015 

2013

2 bottles tasted, 1st bottle not quite right: sober, quite dark red colour. The nose opens on red cherry, with a nutty note , a little licorice: I am not sure how convincing it is. The palate bears red berry fruit, followed by tannins with a tendency to dry. Bottle 2: slightly dark red; crisp early air of black berry and prune, some sweet herbs be hind. The palate gives a red, spiced fruit flavour, with a pick-up of crisp tannin as it closes. It holds local features, and is drinking well now, good for beef daube, lamb stew, couscous. “Drink with hare, wild boar.” 14.5°. 7,000 b. €6.48 export. 2019-20 Apr 2015

2012

3 bottles tasted, 1st bottle: medium red robe, Grenache inspired. Nose has taint, cork. 2nd bottle: dark red. Cork also. 3rd bottle: red robe. Has a herbs and red berry jam aroma, nice and authentic, on pretty full show now. The palate holds cooked plum fruit with a sense of kirsch about it. This gives supple and enjoyable drinking, the fruit expressive and the content well textured. A stylish, true Rasteau, that comes with a snug fit of its elements. The slightly spiced raspberry fruit flavour goes long. 15°. 12,000 b. 2021-22 Apr 2015  Previously Nov 2013 ***(*) (concrete vat, all assembled) red robe, purple tints. Has a sweet blackberry aroma, a ripe fullness, a kirsch, liqueur fruit angle. The palate has a copious, tasty start, the taste of raspberry fruit pastilles, is gourmand. Tannins accompany it well, have a quite firmness to strengthen its base after half way. It goes for a smooth, deep-hearted elegance, the heart is full of flavour. Rather new wave Rasteau, with local, garrigue touches. The finish glows, with some late oak there. Decant this. From mid-2015. 15°. 2021-23  Nov 2013