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100% Grenache, slow vat fermentation, raised many months, unfined, unfiltered, "drink with fruit desserts, chocolate cakes, Roquefort cheese, Bleu des Causses cheese, Bleu de Gex cheese", organic wine, 50 cl bottle


generous gold robe. This has a great nose – tobacco, spiced dates, plums, has a rich interior, with some quince fruit delicacy, paté de coing or quince, some butterscotch. This is wholesome on the attack, fleshy and rich, before a more spiced grip, concentrated white raisin flavour takes over. The finish is cool, an orange marmalade flavour, almost like Marsanne there. This is tasty and genuine, has character. Good length, freshness on the close. This feels hand made, is hand made. It’s a knuckled, grippy wine of the south, not at all sweet, but very tightly filled. 17°. 2029-31 Sept 2017

2009 ()

orange robe with pink dots. There are top airs of sweetness, concentration with caramel notably, honey, a slither of red berry, wild strawberry, sunbaked grapes, lavender, some redcurrant precision. This resembles Madeira with a full heart of crushed fruit, intense juice here. It holds very fine acidity, saltiness, finesse, has good and stealthy length. There are notes of thyme on the late stages - as it airs, garrigue prompts come through. Over the next days, the nose brings quince and crab apple, while the palate ruins widely, holds very good acidity. It is sturdy at heart, has a long life ahead. I served this to my very old friend Steven Spurrier, who said “this is sensational, looks like a rosé. It’s like a Ramos Pinto 20 year old Tawny.” 17.5°. 50 cl bottle. 2034-36 July 2016