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70-75% Grenache (1975, 2013, 3 ha), 25-30% Syrah (early 1980s, 1 ha) from sandy soils on La Gironde at Orange, across track from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, clay-limestone soils on Coudoulet at Courthézon, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, concrete vat raised 6 months, unfined, filtered, 8-10,000 b

2018 ()

dark red; blackberry fruit with a soft sweetness features on the nose, a hint of dampness, salt, prune fruit. There are sun rays in it. The palate gives black stone fruits with spicing, cooked plums in tow. It has a squeezy texture, is supple, genuine, for la table. It gathers a little concentration of fruit at the end. Its tannins can soften from spring 2020. Best with stews, roast meats. 14°. 10,000 b. €8.50. 2026-27 Oct 2019

2010 ()

rather dark red robe; strong note of blackcurrant, cassis on the nose – a “shiny” fruit fronting – with a hint of menthol - the bouquet is easy, open, round. The palate is also round, and marked by its sleek, smooth fruiting. Drink this now, on the up. It is a pleasure and makes no demands with its supple, enjoyable black cherry fruit. A real passepartout – go anywhere – wine, w.o.w. €7. 2015-16 Feb 2012

2009 ()

full red; big, open, sunny and forward bouquet with power resident in it – so it shows baked red fruit, raisin, sweet raspberry notes. The palate shows a big Grenache wine, is wide and insistent, with its power moving it along. Ends on roasted notes with juice there. A gutsy wine of good local stamp. To 2015. Oct 2010

2004

bright red; warm, nice sap of soft red fruits on nose. Tasty, genuine, uncluttered red fruit, a little tannin on finish. Pretty fruit, enough substance to interest. Sound length. Food very much an option - pies and grills. Fruit is clear cut, as per the vintage. 2010-11 Copenhagen, October 2005