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40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Counoise (late 1980s) from clay-limestone, siliceous, sandy soils with galet stones, destemmed, 2 week vinification at up to 30°C, raised 5-6 months, unfined, filtered, 40-45,000 b

2015

plum red, medium depth robe. The nose is quietly fragrant with raspberry, salt, primrose and rose hip present, has little pockets of smoke. This drinks easily, with Grenache plum fruit at its centre. The shape is upright, the texture clear-cut. It ends on a crisp, herbal note. It is better drunk à table than solo, especially with grills. It’s just a bit searching and grainy, and the finish sees the gras, always fluid, back off. 14.5°. To 2020 Jan 2017

2012

dark robe. Reduction arrives ahead of violet, prune, black pastille fruiting, with side notes of leather, Indian tea, smoked bacon – a good bouquet with pockets of mystery. The palate hands out easy black fruit with pepper and spice in its veins; it moves surely into a nicely darker, more tar, intense finish. This is carefully put together, tells a coherent story; its fruit is fluid, tasty, while the finish is fresh, bearing pebbly-tar touches. A sporting, upfront wine, well drinkable, a mini-Lirac: great with grills, barbecues. Decant this: it has plenty of body, and finishes well. 14.5°. GOOD VALUE at €7.30. 2016-17  May 2013

2011

rather thick, full robe. Has a rolling aroma; there is a ripe succulence in its black fruit, prune foremost, light leather notes – a wide and obvious bouquet. The palate offers supple, accessible black fruit that comes with a squeezy texture, a juicy gras richness. It lengthens well – there is a discreet purpose about this. A wine for early drinking. 14°. Just been bottled. To 2018. “The Syrah suffered from an attack of acid rot – Saze and Domazan had 90 mm (3.6 in) of rain on 8 August, and the fruit flies then attacked the bunches,” Chr. Delorme. Feb 2012

2010 ()

½ bottle: quite a full red. The nose is slowly advancing, offers a good load of blackberry fruit, black raisin, date, aromatic prune: it is polished, good quality. The palate delivers a full flavour, with a punchy, roasted nature, abundant matter at its centre. It ends safely and fully, has a snap of freshness. Wine for la table, genuine and upbeat in a modern style. It gives plenty of gutsy appeal, is going well and a full bottle would be more backward. 14°. 2019-20  June 2013  Previously July 2011 *** dark robe; reductive, pongy air alongside gummy black fruit, a bit of the farmyard, nutty. Decant this! There is good style in the black fruit, also likeable texture. It runs well, completely, to the end. Provides fleshy, agreeable drinking, lots of primary flavour, blackberry. Supple sides, ripe tannins, and a good, complete finish. Elegant wine, good balance, just has to blow off that nose. 14°. To 2016. July 2011

2007 ()

purple and mauve mix in the robe; there is a good ensemble on the nose – it is well-knit, with some herb and garrigue in the fruit. The palate holds full, bouncy blackberry fruit that has good life in it. The Syrah influence is prominent, and delivers a wee peppery presence. The length is good. Ça passe bien – this goes down well. A beau, fun wine with a little tannin in it. To 2011. June 2008