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60% Grenache (1958-1974), 20% Syrah (1981), 20% Mourvèdre (1986 on Les Larmes Blanches) from yellow clay, sandy, stony soils on La Grande Terre, 2 day maceration, destemmed, 18-25 day vinification of varieties apart at up to 30°C, wild yeasts, daily pumping overs, can do cap punching, concrete vat raised 8-9 (down from 12 months into mid-2010s), 3 rackings, unfined, filtered, 2 bottlings, low sulphur use, “it should show well for 6-7 years”, 5-7,000 b

2015

dark plum red colour. The nose issues the violet airs of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and a nice plump blackberry en route to becoming jam, simmered fruits that include blackcurrant de Dijon, black pepper. The palate offers plenty of sustained content, the second half bringing lots of powder tannins and a floral-licorice aftertaste. This has good tenacity, inner heart. There is a good mix of fruit prompts on the nose, and lucid fruit with this accumulation of grain tannins, a real lot of detail from them. Decant this. “This Syrah gave violet and licorice airs when it went into the vat,” Eric Bouletin. 14.5°. From spring 2018 - no hurry. 2025-26 July 2016

2011

thick, rich dark red robe with a black centre, legs down the glass. The nose is properly full, offers a good mix of Grenache plum and darker black fruits from Syrah, also polished leather, laurel, and black pepper notes that indicate a Syrah-Mourvèdre mix. This is tasty, full, gives a consecutive run of black cherry fruit with a complete finish. Sound balance, good heart, develops a note of grain late on. A very good, complete wine with sweeter garrigue herbs in it, it is generous and fluid. Its power is just bridled to stay within limits. Dense heart, interesting. Drink with red meats. 14.5°. 2022-23  May 2013