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5-40% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15-20% Carignan, 20-60% Mourvèdre from clay-limestone, galet stone soils, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification of varieties apart at up to 25°C (until late 2000s was up to 28°C), part vat emptying/refilling, daily pumping overs, cap punchings, steel vat raised 10-12 months, filtered

2011

shiny, quite dark red robe. Raspberry fruited, elegant air which has a juvenile appeal, shows supple fruit and a touch of grilling. The palate picks up easily from the bouquet; this holds sound-hearted red plum fruit and raspberry fruit that persists steadily. It has appealing purity and presents primary fruit followed by a tighter, more baked, dry finale. Tasted blind: once I see the technical sheet, perhaps the dry finale is the Mourvèdre showing its teeth. Try from spring 2014. 14°. To 2018. 60% Mourv, 20% Syr, 15% Cari, 5% Gren this year, unusual blend.  May 2013

2009 ()

secure dark red; the aroma is of cherry fruit, sweet and dripping fruit, cassis jam and liqueur here. It hints at alcohol and spirit, but that is under the surface. The palate is fat on the start – it shows young blackberry fruit and also raspberry. It reaches a round and filled conclusion, its tannins are ripe. Good, secure quality, with no false movements. 14°. To 2018  July 2011

2007

largely dark robe, a dark plum colour. There is a run of slightly high, game-inspired prune fruit across the glass – the bouquet is grounded, has baked airs. Well-juiced black fruit leads the palate, laced with spices, sweet notes, rosemary on the palate. It has a largely fresh finish that means extra movement along the palate, more dance there. It drinks well now, and offers good, reliable quality. 14°. To 2014. €8.15 at the cellars. Dec 2009

2006

purple, nice dark red robe; has a minted, smoky red fruit aroma led by mulberry and oily red berries – has a forward, up-front nature. After opening, moves between red and black berries. The palate has a smoothly textured debut, with a pepper-live tannin thread – has a noticeable spine. The finish is compact, tarry, and is tinged with a pebbly licorice flavour – Mourvèdre? Regular wine, maybe a bit vegetal. The drama is that after 90 minutes, it becomes gritty - dry, grilled, and shows that it lacks cohesion, genuine fruit and balance. 14°. To 2012 July 2008

2005 ()

dark red robe; the aroma is reductive – red jam, cherry and crabapple inside it, and is at a harmonious stage now, mixing youth and early sagesse. This is a typical Lirac aroma – red fruits, some baked stones. The palate is peppery, holding live red fruits with some alert, vintage style pebbly tones. Syrah influences lend a clear red fruit tone to the wine, with some supple Grenache support. It drinks securely now, as a young wine. After 30 minutes, it takes on violet and floral connotations. Is respectful of its vintage, an honest wine. 13.5°. 2013-14 July 2008