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mainly from the Gard region for the 65% Grenache, 20-30% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 5-10% Carignan, Grenache 2 week vinification at up to 30°C, Syrah & Mourvèdre 3 week vinification at up to 30°C, part vat emptying/refillings, vat raised on its lees, then raised 20-30 hl barrel, 8-9 months, unfined, filtered, 360-400,000 b

2013

dark robe. The nose is deep if unshowy, has potential still; there is a subdued air of black cherry, some grilling and reduction. The palate is attractively fruited, comes along harmoniously, with bonny, wavy fruit running to the line, and some neat, slightly salted tannin. This is a good all rounder for a variety of dishes. It is most enjoyable. It possesses genuine, prolonged length, with garrigue there on the finish. Decanting an option. 14°. To 2019 April 2016 Previously April 2015 ***(*) (cask/vat) sound red robe, legs. Has a soft black cherry aroma, with a clean purity and open appeal. The palate rocks off on cherry fruit, moves freely, gathers grainy tannins which dust down the aftertaste, producing a powdery element into the wine. It sustains well, and drinks easily. The length is nice and persistent. It is rather fine, in the gentle vein of 2013. It develops pepper and weight as it finishes. 14°. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv, 5% Cari. To 2019. Apr 2015

2012

dark red; agreeably aromatic nose that has yet fully delivered – it shows crunchy red plum fruits, licorice, thyme. The palate is orderly, a little too much so: its fruit is a straightforward red plum, cooked red cherry with a quiet wrap of tannin attached. It lasts OK. Reliable, if short on local character. The aftertaste is gummy, slightly salted, has red fruit still present: the length sound. 14°. From mid-2014. 2019-20  Oct 2013

2011

very dark. Wide, and once out of its shell, brimming bouquet – it has careful layers of black cherry fruit, light vanilla – it is very young, primary, has black olive notions. The palate fruit rolls along well, has a salty note added, ends clearly, has a menthol clarity. Very good. Has proper structure, and is the fruit of good wine making, is above its station. Good heart – shapely and full. Drink with foods such as lamb, veal chops. From 2014. 14°. 400,000 b this year. 2018-19  May 2013

2010 ()

quite a shiny red robe. Oaked, brioche-baked first air, lies in front of a lateral, mild couch of red fruit, is peppery. The palate presents workmanlike red fruit with oaking. This is a shade press button in its making. The length is OK. The finish is peppered, with some gras ticking over. A bit plain, never really gets going. 14°. 2017-18  June 2013

2009 ()

healthy, rather full red; grilled, pistachio nut air, and its graininess is scented, also a curious soapy air. There is a direct blast of black cherry fruit with once more a curious soapy note. Plenty of Syrah to make it run freely along the palate, which has cut in it. It holds good, clear, abundant fruit, and its length and fruit carry are definitely aided by 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It is well blended to achieve dash in the fruit, plus the structure to make it more than just a glugging wine. Good, rock n`roll, proper Côtes du Rhône, benchmark quality and a good, modern style. Drink now on its young vitality. This would do well at events such as weddings, a long distance drink for lots of people. 14°. To 2019. 65% G, 20% Syr, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cari this year. Feb 2012

2007

bright, full red; Raspberry-mulberry front fruit aroma that is inviting, and backed by a licorice smoky base – the bouquet strikes a good, clear note. Dark fruits surge forward on the palate, and offer a firm burst of pleasure. It has tannins on the prowl along its sides, and needs food. It is structured to evolve, and is helped by the quality of the Mourvèdre that extends its finish and provides lift towards the end. No wonder it has been improving each time I have tried it. It bears youthful fruit now, and can extend and soften from mid-late 2011. Very solid quality. 14°. 65% G, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan this year. 2016-17 Dec 2010 Previously Feb 2009 **(*) pretty, full dark red; wholesome aroma – blackberry, raisin, date. Holds elegant, assured black fruit, is all very rounded, drinks easily, is w.o.w. wine. There is a tiny late tannin that provides grip. Good harmony in this, faithful to its Gard leanings. 14°. 2011-12 Feb 2009 Previously Dec 2008 *(*) (vat) full, dark, bright robe; the bouquet has Grenache leading the charge – shows leather, violet, prune, and is quite generous. The palate is fleshy, with grip late on from its tannins. It runs on with length and has more poise than the 2006. Clear, berry fruit rounds it off. This is simple, but provides OK drinking, in a traditional style. The shape is fairly upright, and there are some late tannins. It can be bottled soon. 14.5°. 2012-13 Dec 2008

2006

red robe with some black traces. Has a quiet black fruit aroma – it is soft, shows violet and licorice. The palate starts with soft, quite easy fruit, a shimmer of pepper, then straightens. It ends rather narrowly, and stops. Like the Ventoux, the finish is a bit dry. Drink now. Needs food. 14°. The dry nature remains from last time it was tasted. To 2010. Dec 2008 Previously June 2007 *(*) bouquet carries a light plum aroma, herbs – is quietly rounded. Easy, drinkable wine that is sweet-toned. Tannins are a bit dry. Drink now to 2010. Bottled June 2007. June 2007

2005

full robe; black fruit aroma with quite a rich undertone. Straight black fruit hit on palate with some herbal kick, comes as a ripe wine in the house style. Nicely woven together and is wide, too. Can live and have two stages. 2011-12. Good value at €2.85. June 2007 “We seek a wine with definite structure – hence the Syrah influence,” J-P Rochias.