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40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre (mid-late 1980s), mainly fermented by bleeding off the skins (saignée) at 18°C, a little vinified by direct pressing, steel vat raised 3-4 months, malo blocked, 40-45,000 b

2015

pink robe with light red traces. The bouquet is soft, has a strawberry aroma, is neat and curvy, has a quiet sweetness, light saltiness. The palate gives bright, precise red fruits, redcurrants. This is smoothly textured, a real easy drinker, with a soft finish. It ends clearly, invites another glass. It has a stylish, restrained sign-off. 14.5°. To 2018 Jan 2017

2014

red-tints in a clear robe. An attractive, local nose here – its air of red cherry is well set for dishes - hors d’oeuvres, grilled fish,. There is a bonny garrigue herbs presence. The palate runs well, with a Provence garrigue influence, a good display. The palate keeps running well, and the finish is tidy, clear. 14°. To mid-2016  Jun 2015 Previously Apr 2015 **(*) bottled six weeks ago. Pink robe. This has a very good nose – it really shows class, small red fruits, just a little candy. The palate is based on strawberry, red cherry, with a bonbon sweet feature towards the finish. This is a bit on the cellar. There is a touch of late tannic grip. I prefer the nose to the palate. 14°. To 2017 Apr 2015

2012

classic pink, handsome robe. Flint, crushed stones, lavender, thyme, smoky air – a bouquet that barks out “garrigue”, has the cut of grated stones with the fruit centred on redcurrant and quince. The palate has a supple, rather creamy start, with that note sustained through the palate. This is more gourmand than steely in style. Best with foods, due to a little sweetness – cold meats, for instance. Serve it quite well chilled. It is a rounded rosé, with a pushy, up-front glow on the finish. 14.5°. To 2015  May 2013

2011

handsome pink; bright, lifted air that bears redcurrants, red cherry jam, salt and thyme mixed in. Authentic, STGT wine on the palate – has a bonny infill of herbs, tilleul herb tea, lime, all lying in with its red fruits. I give it marks for character, and it would be great with Mediterranean dishes. The finish is complete, too. Genuine. Definite improver since last month. 14.5°. To 2014 March 2012 Previously Feb 2012 ** bright cherry colour; has a ripely noted air, an easy curve in its redcurrant fruit. Sweet-toned start to the palate, has a flexible texture. There is a simple feel to this, there it is, no special charm. 14.5°. To 2014. Feb 2012

2007

full, slightly red robe – no surprise given the 30% Syrah. The bouquet is broad-shouldered, contains red berry fruit, is wide and deep, and comes in the vein of a Tavel. After a full, red fruits attack, the wine moves along and gains power as it goes. There is a little alcohol evident at the end of the palate. 1.5 gm of residual sugar, not much, in this pretty big wine. Suited to food better than the aperitif. To 2009. June 2008