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The Wines

55-65% Grenache (1914), 15-20% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 5-10% Cinsault, 5% Carignan, fermented separately, usually destemmed (80% in 2009, not in 2005), 2-3 week vinification, part vat emptying/refillings the morning, pumping overs the evenings, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan concrete vat raised 18 months, Syrah aged new 600-litre oak casks 12 months, then concrete vat 6 months, Mourvèdre aged 3-6 year 600-litre oak casks 12 months, then concrete vat 6 months, unfined, unfiltered, 12,000 b

2010 ()

(vat) dark red; fat, plump, mulled red fruits air – there is a ripe accent to the nose, which is sunny and curvy, has hay and herbs in its mix. The palate is emerging from its shell; the Grenache red fruit is alleviated by Syrah and Cinsault that give it extra flow. Fine late tannins lead into a grain, almost ash-like stage. From 2014. 2021-22 May 2012

2009

dark red; has a high octane nose with hovering alcohol in the black cherry fruit, also shows an air of coffee beans, some raspberry and oak. The picture summoned is one of sun bouncing off the hot terraces. This is a lusty, hearty wine that delivers plenty of carefully juiced fruit, its exuberance restrained by its grainy tannins. It is wide, and well-packed at the start. No-nonsense Rasteau, buckle your seat belts. It drives along the palate well enough to persist on the aftertaste. Modern from its oaking, and unbridled. Less oak from 2014. 14.5°. 2019-20 May 2012