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100% Grenache (early 1920s from 4 ha on Barbe d'Asne (W) probably includes Alicante, Clairette rose etc), Chapoutier vines since 2007 – had been rental before, 3-4 week closed concrete vat vinification at 30-33°C, no press wine included, vat raised 16-18 months, unfiltered, 10,000 b


(vat) dark red robe, a good shine to it. There is brooding density on the nose, airs of crushed grapes, red fruits that still stand back for now. Raspberry and loganberry fruit are in the mix. There is cut, clarity in it, and it will trigger well in time. The palate sparks on red, primary fruit, still in the vat, with concentration of content and a lasting sweetness built in. The content has an aromatic envelope. It finishes on munchy depth. There is ingrained strength here; it’s a broad, sustained wine that will go down very well in the USA. From 2021. 2040-42 Apr 2017 GB £189.01 per 6 b in bond, £67.08 per magnum in bond Mentzendorff London +44(0)207 840 3600 www.mentzendorff.co.uk

GB £220 6 b i/b https://www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk/jsp/content.jsp?pg=rhone16

2015 ()

(vat) steady red robe. The bouquet gives a curve of black berry fruit, has a simple, sweet-noted appeal, is quietly thorough. The palate bears a good swish-swash of minted, spiced dark stone fruits, travels with some élan. It has nourishing features, and will show well through its life, is a good, open book. The tannins are fine on the close, where there is a little local glow. This is a complete wine that leaves a striking impression. 15.5°. From 2019. 2031-34 Sept 2016  Previously Apr 2015 ****(*) (vat) pretty dark red colour. The nose is hidden, but has plenty of latent potential – it is round and nicely filled, gets off to a careful start. The palate holds bright fruit, lithe and fresh tannins well woven into it. It has a little flair, brio, and is more showy on the palate than the nose. I like its assured depth. From 2020. 2034-36  Apr 2016


(vat) dark red. A good, intense swirl of blackberry greets the drinker on the nose, with a little sweetness, and a cocoa, cassis influence as well. The palate attacks well and enjoyably, led by black berry fruit. This runs truly and the fresh content is lightly salted. Good, stylish wine. It has a lip smack, assertive finale. From mid-2017. 2029-30 GB £200/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015 


(vat) shiny, full red. Smoked bacon, black cherry fruit aroma, also rosemary and sweet tea. Lamb meat roasting, “high” touches. The palate bears black fruit with bold tannin, plenty of drive, needs time; its tannins push deeply into its matter, carry black pepper. In a raw state, but it has the potential to fuse. Quite fresh, with a note of char on the finish. Pretty big wine. From 2016-17. 14.5°. 2027-29  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(vat) dark red. Wide, open, oily blackberry aroma with good rolling, ripe airs, and a little bit of vegetal and acetate. The palate links closely to the nose – the black fruit has a fine grain, chalky note, also possible vegetal elements again. It ends drily, as its tannins swarm forward. Time is the essence to this - wait. From late 2015. 2028-30  Dec 2012


dark robe, a bit matt. Reserved, nutty, being raised air – there is definite muscle in this wide bouquet, has a packed Grenache content, smoky licorice. The palate starts on cassis and blackberry, with grip from its tannins early on – the inside of the wine is very solid, has wiry muscle. Its elements are well in place for a successful evolution – this is a serious wine, not in for quick thrills. It is still upright, is interesting, has authority. The end is firm, has cut. Has the potential to live. From 2015. 2032-34 Nov 2011 Previously July 2011 ***(*) (vat) bright, lots of full red. Black cherry liqueur aroma, shades of crème de menthe, is a smoothy bouquet that extends well is, deep. This is a powerful palate, be careful. There is the immediate sense of masked spirit in the wine, its smooth texture serving as camouflage. The flavour is black berry. Holds ripe enough but present tannins, has a herbal aftertaste. Wait until 2016. 2030-33 July 2011


(vat, pre-bottle) matt-toned red; plum liqueur, plump and rich air – sweet aspects of red jelly, a true Grenache ripeness here. The palate is also rich, and just avoids high octane status. A sipping more than a drinking wine. Fat, round, big later stages. There is hovering alcohol around its outer circuit, that carries into the nutty, butty finish. Ends on dates, raisin style notes. From 2016. Decant this. 2032-34 July 2011 Previously Oct 2010 **(*) (casks) matt hued plum red; reserved nose, not really out, is in thrall to its raising – shows baked red fruit, not much more. Firm palate with Brett influences – it is flat, lacks lift, comes and goes rather sustains. The baked aspect rules the finish, after some mid-palate red fruit – which is typical Grenache – from dusty plains. Not yet near being the finished article. From mid-2013. 2024-26 Oct 2010


mild red, less deep than the Croix 2008, comes with ruby notions, has a good core. Red berry heart to a quietly reserved nose that bears smoke, cooked plums, quince, thyme. The palate has a careful nature: it is a bit short on gras, is flanked by breezy tannins that are fine in grain. It needs 2 years to assemble itself and gain a little extra depth. 14°. 2024-26 July 2011 Previously April 2009 ***(*) (vat, London) has a broad aroma – there is quiet heat and depth, a toffee and classic sort of red jam aroma, plus herbs, red plums, weight. The palate holds wide, well-knit red fruits with a ripe tannin content, a toffee or caramel enclosure around them. It retains its knit nature all through. The red plum flavour gives way to a murmur of tannin on the finish, where it is still raw, almost disorderly. The elements are here, its length is pretty sound. From 2013. 2025-28 April 2009


(vat) matt hued dark red robe; yeasty, chicken stock aroma that has a sweet interior – it is unusual but rich – where does that smell of rice pudding come from?? Sealed, black fruits on the palate, with the vintage richness well present. This runs on nice and consecutively, gains a little impact as it goes. A savoury wine with lots of tasty appeal. Its tannins and some oak are curved into its last stage. Decant this. From 2011. 2027-29 Nov 2008


red robe with a slight see-through top rim. The nose is reticent today – it is intrinsically broad, but not expressive just now – it has potential, and is essentially wide and thorough if you stop and study it. The palate leads off with firm red fruits which have a loose-limbed nature, and runs along with a steady purpose – knows where it is going. Has good length – the tannins combine well at the end, and mean it should be left until 2012. Interesting sinew in this, in the eye of the vintage. 2025-27 Dec 2008


big and brewed bouquet with a leaning towards game; black jam undertone, is easy going and nicely expressive now. Suave, smooth black fruit lining on the palate, with ripe but evident tannins. Good flow, stylish wine. Smooth appeal to come, esp from 2010. 2024-27 Nov 2006