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Grenache (mid-1980s, sandy soils), Syrah, Mourvèdre with 5-10% Picpoul, Roussanne, Clairette blanche made in three batches, first Grenache, Picpoul, Roussanne pressed, enamel vat fermented at 15°-18°C, then Grenache, Syrah fermented after bleeding juice off the skins (saignée) in used 600-litre oak casks, then Mourvèdre with 10% Clairette blanche from richer, clay soils, pressed & fermented 6 year 500-litre oak cask, the three lots assembled in January, then all vat raised, bottled early March, unfined, filtered, “I seek a classic revisited rosé, a structured wine rather than a technological one”, raised 12 months, lees stirred, malo completed, unfined, filtered, 2,000 b

2015 ()

has a notable pink robe with onion skin tints. Off it goes with a lovely, bright, skipping aroma of redcurrants with thyme, licorice, good and stylish depth. There is good weight on the palate, a peach fruit flavour, strawberry. It is more wide and founded than most rosés. It gives fine juice on the finish, which sustains well. There is also late tannin. This will be good with brie de Meaux cheese. “It’s a wine for Mediterranean cuisine, griulled fish, the culinary history of the south of France, including red mullet (rougets) and grilled gambas,” Eric Bouletin. 14°. To 2019 July 2016