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80-85% Grenache (1930s, 1940s), 15-20% Carignan (1940) from S/S-W facing blue clay with plenty of limestone soils at south of appellation on Les Monteux at 250 metres, horse worked soils, destemmed, 4-5 week vinification at 20°C, gentle top of vat daily cap punching, aged tronconic oak vat 15-18 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, biodynamic wine, first wine 2015, 2,000 b

2017 No Rating


2016 ()

dark red robe with a gleam in it. Has a curvy, gracefully sweet-noted aroma with a rustle of smoky blackberry and licorice, thyme and rosemary adding their interest; it has a little power. The palate is elegantly endowed with wavy matter, a good bundle of gras, has an oily nature, with smooth tannins adding discreet late extra depth. This ends on some kick, punch, and the finish requires two+ years to fuse its graininess. It’s not a wine in a hurry. There is good content late on, and some toffee on the aftertaste. 2,000 b. From mid-2020. 2029-31 Oct 2017


quite a dark red. Has a plum-fruited, Grenache-spurred nose, one with a jam-fat depth, prunes and black fruit jam, black raisin, an inky darkness of north African fruits. The palate has a broad, filled start with density and a lasting delivery in that vein. The aftertaste is cool. This is very southern in tone – it has the signature of a dry vintage, similar to 2009, with tannins out on their own on the close. It is a bit cussed, stubborn, doesn’t give out much juice. Decant it, drink game with it. It ends a bit drily for now. Bottled Nov 2017. From 2020. 2027-29 Oct 2017 Previously May 2016 **(*) (oak vat) subdued hue to the red robe. The nose is loose, with a little blackberry, hedgerow fruit at its centre. The palate is insipid, dull. It lacks real gras and lift. There is a covering of red cherry fruit. It lacks the stature of the proper Rasteaus. Perhaps there will be more after bottling. 14.5°. 2,000 b. From 2017. 2022-23  May 2016