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The Wines

70% Grenache (1959) from Vinsobres, in front of the cellars, 20% Syrah (mid-1980s), 5% Mourvèdre (1961), 5% Cinsault (early 1970s), destemmed, 15-18 day vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, cap punching, concrete vat raised 12 months, can be egg white fined, can be filtered, 10-15,000 b

2010 No Rating

2 bottles tasted. 1st bottle: dark robe; appealing nose – tobacco, cedar, ripe black fruit, has a real juicy heart. The palate is funny – milky, malic. Dark flavours at the end, is very, very dry. Filtered this year because of a lot of particles. Bottled Feb 2012 2nd bottle: the same.  Oct 2012

2007 ()

bright, quite dark robe; soaked black fruits that are accompanied by charcoal, pepper, a nuggety air, even resin. A wine of big intentions, which are largely delivered; the fruits are soaked, prune and black, and intense in nature. There is also a leathery, resinous outer coat to it. The length is sound. Drink with food, not solo, due to its “dark”, tannin-infused finale. No hiding place wine. 14°. 2011-12 Feb 2009

2003

dark, cooked aromas, compact and smoky. Rich start, solidly full wine, ends with a pebbly texture in the black fruit, tannins are well set. To 2008. Dec 2003

2002

quite full bouquet, cherry fruit, lightly grilled. Tight, a little severe black fruit, with some oiliness and a little jam on the finish, where a licorice touch comes forward. Air reveals some extraction, a little forcing. 'Softer' by 2005. To 2007. Dec 2003

2001 ()

live black fruits and cherry, smoky bacon in a fairly big bouquet. Blackberry, with licorice traces on attack, rolls along nicely. Muscled wine, black fruits appear just before a grilled finish. Chunky. Esp from 2005 on. To 2009. "I like my Côtes du Rhônes to be full, chunky wines," Marc Ferrentino