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70% Grenache (1957-63), 30% Syrah (1957-63) (until mid-2000s was 55% Syrah, 45% Grenache) from limestone-clay soils on Les Côtes, destemmed, 3 week concrete vat vinification, twice daily pumping overs at outset, Grenache aged 10-12 year 500-litre & 600-litre oak casks, Syrah aged 2-3-year 225-litre & 240-litre oak casks 6-8 months, unfined, light filtration, first made 1984, (Côtes du Rhône Villages Vinsobres red until 2004), biodynamic wine, 5,500-6,000 b


bright dark red; there’s a comfy depth of fruit on the nose, licorice airs, meat droplets, liqueur notes. Its expression is reserved for now. The palate delivers a full charge from the start, with additional thickness from oak. Blood, iron notes come with a surge towards the finish – it reaches out there. The fruit is bright, and it’s very correct. 15°. From 2024 to get the oak further into it. 70% Gren, 30% Syrah. 2040-42 Feb 2020


shiny red robe. Has an elder-blackberry aroma, a feet on the ground depth, red meat droplets; it’s thorough. The palate makes an immediate impact, is broad and fuelled, presents red fruits, oak-toffee in the texture, flavour after half way. It extends fully, and is prolonged. Inside lies generous juice. 14.5°. 5,500 b. From mid-2019. 2027-29 Feb 2018


signs of a maturing robe on the top rim, but is still quite full. Peppery, raisin tart aroma, earthy, a little baked with a rose tint to let it float. Rich core to palate, has plenty of matter, a bit burnt in places. Black fruits here, some life in them from the vintage, there is a coating of tannin that is a little rough and ready. Some end richness, is a mature, brewed wine in the robust, traditional style. To 2008. "A year of small berries and a small crop, " F.Vallot April 2006

2000 ()

red fruits with light tar presence, decent depth and scope on bouquet. Pretty, well-formed richness on attack. Nice n'easy wine, not demanding. Gradual gain in tannin, has length. Cooked wild berries is the flavour. Stylish, and a supple texture aids it. To 2008. Dec 2003