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75% Grenache, 25% Syrah (half 1950s, half 1993 from Violès), can contain Mourvèdre, pre-fermentation crop cooling at 8°C for 3 days, destemmed, then 2 week vinification, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 5-6 months, unfined, filtered, 28,000 b

2011

sound, mid-depth red. The nose offers a red liqueur, redcurrant aroma that is lifted by some thyme, and is also peppered – a 2011 trait when ripeness was a struggle. The palate gives flinty, easy drinking red fruit; it is a shade technical, but drinks OK. It is soft and mild enough to accompany a variety of cold meats, salads, medium strength flavours. It ends on a grainy knot, and is a touch dilute. Now to 2016. 14°. Dec 2012

2007

full, intense and bright dark robe; good black cherry fruit aroma that combines freshness and ripeness – the black cherry fruit bounds along. The palate also holds pretty fruit – it has clean lines, good energy and provides great drinking, including on its own. Lively, beau wine that has really persistent blackberry fruit. It ends clearly, with a dash of herbs. A real road runner, excellent for restaurant, bar or bistrot drinking. On the button w.o.w. wine. Charcuterie, white meats with this. 14°. To 2012. €6 at the cellars. Nov 2008

2005

still full red robe; nutty, with a bit of crunch in the aroma – it is just starting its second phase, knocking at that inner door, with a tiny wee bit of game or turn. There is a good burst of minted black fruit on the palate, which has the tannic lining of the vintage, with some “dark” licorice and slight tar/charcoal notes. There are confirmed black fruits in this. To 2011. Grilled rib of beef the sort of food for it. Nov 2008