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60-70% Grenache (1972), 20% Syrah, 10-20% Cinsault, Counoise (2006) from Les Calades, destemmed, 12-14 day vinification, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 6-9 months, unfined, unfiltered, “not a wine intended for keeping”, first wine 1998, 6,000-13,000 b

2015

bottled three weeks ago: dark robe. Blackberry jam on roller skates, a breakfast table pleasure, is presented on the nose, with some menthol also. The palate is subdued from its bottling, in a quiet moment, but rolls with suave fruit, and a little increase in darkness on the end. It is pretty juicy at heart. 13.5°. From October 2016. 2020-22  July 2016

2013 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2012 No Rating

The Counoise part of the wine, for interest (sugars done, malo not, used 228-litre oak cask) attractive red colour; mild red fruit air; the palate is spiced with a steady run, three-quarter weight, safe wine. 12.8°. Oct 2012

2011

red with purple in it; the bouquet has a nice, free black cherry air, accompanied by black olive, licorice notes. It is primary and fresh, open and welcoming, a touch floral. The palate is spiced, its black fruit here and there, rather than a big block of it. There are fresh notes. The finish is tarry, more bold. It isn’t in full order yet. Unpretentious wine, fresh drinking; it can go with saucisson, beef fillet and solo drinking. 13.5°. 2017-18. Oct 2012  Previously Feb 2012 *** (vat, bottling May 2012) soft red robe. There is a touch of “high” fruit on the nose, but it is inviting, shows some reduction. The palate gives attractive, peppery black fruit, blackberry is prominent. Mild tannins lend licorice to the flavour. This has a sympa texture, is very drinkable, w.o.w. wine. 13.9°. “There is a lot of fruit and length on the palate; I was scared – we had to do a lot of crop sorting, but this is very drinkable, has good balance,” Christian Vache. To 2017. Feb 2012

2006

mid-level red; strawberry jam aroma in a bouquet with a refined heart. Nice, quietly compact flavour of red fruits, with some late clarity – ting! Flows nicely. Can be served fresh. Has a good, peppery, spicy finale, is a pretty wine for CHR and bars. Get up and go wine. “I find the fruit disappearing a bit,” Christian Vache. Jan 2008