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The Wines

40% Grenache, 30-35% Cabernet Sauvignon (1986), 10-15% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 4-5% old Carignan from west of domaine near the Rhône, vineyards no more than 1.5 km from domaine, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, large barrel raised 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, 20-40,000 b

2015

steady red robe. Bright red fruits, raspberry show in a peppery nose with soft floral influences. The palate comes with easy roundness, red fruits such as raspberry and mulberry and neat red cherry, ends with good curve, soft gras richness and light powder tannins. This is a stylish, sudiste/southern, comely wine, nicely cool and measured. 13.5°. 40,000 b. €8 at the cellars. To 2020 Sept 2016

2010 ()

dark red; cigar, cedar, smoky aroma with supple black fruit, black jam present. Has a tight-knit, darkly fruited palate. A firm, full flavour close, with crunched up tannin, very Cabernet Sauvignon. It exits on pepper. Decant this. Has plenty of flavour, but is a bit demanding, tight. “The nose is closed,” Jean-Paul Daumen. From late 2013. To 2019. 13.5°.  Dec 2012

2005 ()

dark robe; black jam aroma with some animal notes in the bouquet, which is pretty compact still. There is a live strike of fruit on the palate; like the 2004, this wine has an upright shape. The late tannins are somewhat detached, after some wiry black fruit at the start of the palate. Very clear fruit and texture here. The Cabernet influence is strong, and gets on top of the Grenache when the wine is this young. 2011-13 Nov 2007

2004

attractive, evolving red; pretty red fruits aroma with a little tannin evident. The palate has great “buvabilité” – w.o.w. if you like à la française. It rolls along well, ends on a little tannic grip. Is right there now, its fruit is good and pure and it lasts delicately, is sympa. Has evolved gracefully. To end 2010. 13.5°. Sept 2009 London Previously Nov 2007 **(*) a little matt in the plum, quite dark robe; soft, steady nose, with a scented air, a little toasting, soft black fruits and raisin, has a pretty mildness about it. The palate bears black fruits with plenty of grip: has a decisive, peppered texture, comes in an upright style. The core fruit is sound here, and food is required for it. Has a pepper-spice aftertaste. Is not a quaff and go vin de pays, with its certain amount of rigour from the Cabernet. From late 2008. 2011-12 Nov 2007

2003 ()

still bright, maturing red, a hint of lightening at the top. The nose is hard to get at, but suggests an earthy red fruit with an evolving top air: there is a bit of leather or hide with a wee amount of game and biscuit, too. The red fruit comes with a direct purpose on the attack, then comes a glisten of black pepper and some tannic demand. It holds up, with an upright, clear finale, its fruit a little transparent, its texture smooth. It is quite wide towards the finish. It drinks soundly now, in its mature phase. Drink to 2009 – after that, it may firm up on the aftertaste. Feb 2008, N Ireland