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from La Crau (N-E, oldest 1929 Grenache), 100% Grenache this year, destemmed, aged 70% vat, 30% new oak 16-17 months, unfined, filtered, 1,400 b, only made 2005


deep black colour; intense, soaked black cherry aroma that ravels right down into the glass – it is all very primary now, and doesn`t give a lot else, maybe some charcoal and beef stock. There is a clean mix of sleek fruit and some oak toasting on the palate; it becomes a Big Scale wine towards the finish, gaining in punch and assertion. Its oak, also its tannin, needs leaving for 2-3 years, so it can infuse and the wine can recover local qualities. There are some incipient herb-garrigue flavours in this modern style wine of good length. Local by 2013, I`d say. 15°. Number 409 of 1,500 bottles this year. 2024-27 June 2008 Previously March 2007 ***** (cask) very dark, black-tinted robe; bouquet suggest great harmony in the making. There is a smile inside the black fruit, olives and tapenade aromas are present, comes in a round and beautiful shape. Striking richness on the palate – gourmand wine but with neat control. Lengthens well. The oak is well woven in, just shows up on the finish. Probably around 16°, handles that OK. Tannins need leaving until 2011 or so. Very sustained finish. Intense but not overdone. 2025-28 March 2007, 2 months before bottling