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50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre (vines mid-1980s-mid-1990s) from S/S-W facing clay with plenty of limestone soils at south of appellation, destemmed, 4-5 week vinification at 20°C, gentle top of vat daily cap punching, concrete vat raised 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, biodynamic wine, 7-12,000 b

2017 ()

(already all assembled since there was so little harvest, 53 hl oak vat) dark robe, black tints. Has a deep, potentially stylish nose that is broad, offers good glisten in its fruit. It can develop nuance. This is wavy and smooth on the palate, holds black fruits with mild tannins that fit in well. This is a sphere in shape, Redondo. The juice is attractive, the balance good. There’s a good stream of ripe tannins – it’s surprising that they are mild given the vintage. 14.2°. 7,500 b. 2025-26 Oct 2017

2016

clear red robe. Red and white meat airs show with a ping of purity in the fruit, mulberry, herbs, rosemary; it has a rocky smokiness. This is a naked, off the bat wine with neat raspberry fruit at its centre. It’s also on a smoky, crisp trail, lithe tannins here. There’s a touch of late glow. It needs time to amplify a little around its direct spine. Nordic palate will love this style, the USA mainstream less. 14.7°. 7,000 b. From spring 2018. 2022-23 Oct 2017

2015

(vat) steady red robe. The nose gives a kind air of blackberry, black cherry fruit, which has a jelly-like quality. The palate sequels closely from the nose, with a further offer of neat black fruits, a dab of tannic darkness attached. The finish is already becoming rounded thanks to the ripeness of the tannins. There are some musky floral notes along the palate. A charming Rasteau. 14.5°. 12,000 b. 50% Gren, 40% Syr, 10% Mourv. From mid-2017. 2022-23  May 2016