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The Wines

60% Grenache (oldest 1940s), 40% Mourvèdre on the Plateau des Garrigues at Sarrians, the oldest vines, destemmed, 3-5 week vinification of varieties apart, regular pumping overs, cap punching, aged 2-4 year 600-litre oak casks 12-15 months, fined, filtered, made in 2014, 2015

2015 ()

bright, dark red. There’s a hum of power on the nose, cherry stone, liqueur, kirsch, deep raspberry, some smoke from oak. The palate presents a broad front with the oak apparent after half way. It has a butty depth, layered gras with firm sides. This is chunky wine, needs time – from spring 2020, and decant it. There is a red berry theme through it, the Mourvèdre holding it up well after the mid-point. 14°. 2029-31 Feb 2018

2014 ()

red robe. Raspberry, mulberry, red stone fruit also with a little power on the nose, an inkling of caramel, also herbs. The palate links to the nose, a smooth transition given; it has inner energy, a good display of fruit, until a more dumb close – it backs off there. It hasn’t found its true path yet, needs time: from late 2019 or so. It’s very sealed together, so decant it. 14°. 2028-30 Feb 2018