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50-60% Grenache (late 1970s), 40-50% Syrah (late 1970s) from sandy, limestone soils on Sous Les Écoles, destemmed, 3-4 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, cap punching on Syrah, raised concrete vat 12 months, then 1-2-year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, fined, filtered, 6-7,000 b


(casks) dark red colour. The nose shows treacle, oak, thick set blackberry, blueberry jam-liqueur. It’s a weighted opening, from the cellar over the vineyard, comes with some varnish in the air. The palate works on its texture being thickened by the oak; it has a savoury nature, the flavour on blackberry coulis with smoke-tar, near licorice dabs from its raising in oak. The finish is gummy, round. It’s a mainstream southern red, could be Languedoc, with the oaking rendering it like that. It leans towards the market over the vineyard, though the essence is well founded. I find it a bit pinched by its oak. 13.5°. 6,000 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. €4. 2020-21 Aug 2017