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70-80% Grenache (early 1970s-early 1980s), 20-30% Syrah from clay, stony soils at Visan but lighter soils than La Rocaille & L’Argentière, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling at 14°C, varieties fermented apart, 15-20 day concrete & steel vat vinification at 26°-27°C, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 10 months, unfined, filtered, Madrigal the name since 2009, “drink with red meats, rib of beef, liver of veal, leg of lamb, grilled lamb cutlets, sheep sausages with roasted sweet potatoes”, organic wine, 12,000-16,000 b


red robe with lightness at the rim; the bouquet is starting to emerge, centres on appealing cassis fruit, is orderly and rounded, even gentle. The palate is marked by a smooth texture, and another display of quiet fruit that lasts well into a pretty well juiced finale. There is a small knot of late tannin. This is a tender drinking Visan, suited to lamb cutlets with rosemary, for instance. It’s close to ready, is rather innocuous. 14°. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €10.50 at cellars. 2023-24 July 2020


Visan this year: shiny dark red robe. The nose has elegance, gives a soaked blackberry fruits aroma with some latent damp earthiness. There is a sweet tendency, and it’s broad, giving a pretty complete kick-off. The palate starts brightly – it wings on its way giving sparky black berry fruits with inner strength. The degree comes in via late glow, and affects its purity and balance. It will drink well with red meats. There are connections to warm lands, but I’d prefer one degree less, and more emphasis on fruit. The tannins are ripe, quite thick. It’s genuine, but you can’t drink too much of it. 15°. From spring 2017. 2022-23 Oct 2016

2012 ()

purple, a bit of black in its dark red. A blackberry fruit, with a spot of licorice, aroma rolls along well in a nose of comfortable depth, has layers of fruit, is in a primary state now, with potential for more. The palate starts well, with a good show of dark berry, cassis fruit on the attack, then a marked restraint, and an entrance of grainy tannins on the late stages. The finish is fresh, featuring pepper, a spot of vanilla in its clarity. It needs 6+ months drink from spring 2014. It lasts well, holds beau fruit with its tannins very close to it. Interesting potential, a wine of grounded content. Export €4 is good VALUE, too. 14°. Bottled 1 month ago, 15,000 b this year. 2018-19  June 2013


dark-tinted red robe; reserved, fine mulberry fruit air along with light and agreeable traces of licorice – has the potential to be more on the go with time. There is good life and vim in the palate fruit of blackberry and prune – it reaches out well. Has matter and lift, and offers really good drinking, with no pretension. It is long, with fine late, grainy tannins. There is excellent continuity of fruit along the palate. From late 2012. 14.5°. Very good value at €3.80 export. “It was more open, but the Mistral wind and the cold of February have suppressed it,” Marianne Fues. To 2017. 16,000 b this year. Feb 2012


full, bursting robe; has a restrained nose but one with some potential – it is quietly elegant, and shows black berry aromas with a little pleasing sweetness – and is inviting. The palate continues on the blackberry theme, laced with a salty tang, a low-key freshness. Sound length on this – I like its late tannic pepper. This is w.o.w. wine. 14.5°. 2011-12 Feb 2009


matt black colour; violets and herbs mix on the nose, which is also a little biscuity. Mid-plus weight of fruit on the palate, low key now, is tight and enclosed (raining). Lacks vivacity. Decant this – I wonder if the crop could have been riper. Finishes firmly, with a little gras there. June 2008 Previously March 2007 **(*) aroma brings to mind baked fruit tart, red fruits in it. Has quite a rich, smooth start to the palate, with broad, gourmand fruit followed by some ripe tannins. Red fruits are the main taste impression. Length is OK. 13.5°. To 2011. March 2007