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50-60% Grenache av age 50 yrs), 15-30% Syrah (1980s), 5-20% Mourvèdre (early 2000s), 0-10% Cinsault, 0-5% Carignan from clay-limestone soils, usually destemmed (not in 2005), 2-3 week vinification, part vat emptying/refillings the morning, pumping overs the evenings, 70% concrete vat raised, 30% 600-litre oak cask raised 12-15 months, unfined, filtered, 6,500-8,000 b

2017

(concrete vat) full red robe; the bouquet is deep, has a savoury, lamb stock presence, some herbs such as rosemary with it. The palate is immediate, broad, bears a good filing of black cherry fruit with nicely wavy tannins, produces a neat line of mixed herbs and spice on the aftertaste. This is well fuelled, stylish Rasteau. 14.5°. 6,650 b. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv. From late-2020. 2034-36 Mar 2019

2015

(vat/casks) quite a dark red. Smoke and dried herbs, licorice, garrigue influences show on the nose; the palate gives black toned fruits with a spot of oaking and its charcoal after the mid-point. Still in the cellar. Wait until spring 2018. 14°. 50% Gren, 30% Syr, 20% Mourv. 2022-23  May 2016

2010 ()

dark red robe, with a slight matt tint. Smoky, very ripe blackberry, bacon airs – a bouquet of a wine of the soil, the ground – it hangs with exotic Christmas spices and licorice. The palate fruit is fat, before it shows guts and drive on the second half, comes in a traditional style. It ends on lots of pepper, and there is cocoa, “darkness”, black raisin on the finish, which is rich. The aftertaste shows some salty tang. Authentic wine. From 2013. 65% Gren, 15% Syr, 10% Mourv, 10% Cins this year. 14.5°. 2018-19 May 2012