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55-65% Grenache (oldest 1945-50), 25-35% Syrah, 0-15% Cinsault, 0-5% Mourvèdre (until 2006 was 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5-6% Cinsault, 4-5% Carignan) from stony, clay-limestone soils on Bois des Dames Est at Violès, destemmed, 25-40 day vinification, pumping overs, many part vat emptying/refillings, concrete vat raised 12-15 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with poultry, lamb cutlets, filet mignon of pork”, organic wine, 50-150,000 b

2017 ()

dark plum red colour; has an inviting, raspberry fuelled nose, a plentiful aroma that is curvy, also carries a hint of iodine clarity. The palate delivers cherry and raspberry fruits, with a little spine, and a cluster of grainy tannins on a resolute finish. There’s good action here – it’s up for red meats, is a true, STGT Plan de Dieu, a good, honest wine with sound length, one that conveys a local picture. The finish is tarry/grainy – more local ID. 14°. 2029-31 May 2020

2016 ()

good, dark red robe. There are salty touches on the nose, mulberry and damson fruit airs combining well, is a nice and wide start. The palate holds compact, close-knit content, with darkness in the tannins, is still finding its path. Spice and plums feature. The nose is a little ahead of the palate, which has the potential to blossom and open further. The tannins are firm on the close, has good, solid length, the aftertaste still chewy. From spring 2020, decanting useful. 14.5°. 2029-30 Feb 2019


deep red robe. The bouquet is nicely solid, attractive, gives red berry jam, has a good fresh glisten, manages both assured depth and an airborne freedom. It is nice and broad, compact. The palate gives an immediate plunge of cooked plum with tannins that are ripe closely attached. It’s not yet a true ensemble, but its heart and depth are a good platform for the future. It has a home grown style, a local authenticity, is STGT Plan de Dieu, with real truth of its place. It stretches out with sinew, and will amplify as it evolves. You can get your teeth into this, and it goes long. 14°5. 65% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Cins, 5% Mourv this year. 150,000 b. €4.15 ex-cellars. From mid-2017. 2023-24 Sept 2016


(vat) shiny, handsome dark red robe, legs. The bouquet breathes a southern warmth and glow – it is wide, gives black raisin airs, a dark and oily black fruiting. This is a copious, large, oily affair. Good start to palate; this is proper Plan de Dieu, no holds barred. The texture is slinky, and it delivers good gushes of spiced, liqueur black berry fruit – that wave lasts well. Manly wine, but one with polish. A proper mouthful to accompany beef, red meats. It drives on, is modern and foot down wine of good vigour, isn’t tame. From late 2014. 65% Gren, 25% Syr, 15% Cins this year. 14°. €3.95 ex-cellars. 2019-20 Oct 2013

2009 ()

good dark red; blackberry jam intensity on the nose – a primary and sunny start. There is life and energy in its bright fruit – it gives a sense of unfettered youth, attractive muscle and ripe tannins. There is good drive in this, a wine that will be versatile with foods thanks to its juice and depth of fruit. w.o.w. wine – go for it. From spring 2011. To 2015. Sept 2010

2007 ()

(vat) pretty full red; there is a meaty first hit on the bouquet, accompanied by nice ripe blackberries: this has life, is ripe, and leaves a late trail of baked stones, dust. The palate is supple, good and oily – there is easy pleasure in the texture. There are savoury red fruits, with a pocket of late restraint from ripe tannins. There is a flavour-filled heart to this; the fruit is wide, the balance good. 14.5°. Can be drunk without much delay after bottling. 2013-14. Jan 2009


level red robe; the nose is solid – it hides its fruit today, but there is a couch of “matter” for future revelation – baked plum and garrigue herbs hover for now. The palate is peppery, sealed up, with red fruits as per typical Grenache at the helm. It runs on with some meaning, has latent power and sinew. A genuine local wine that is honest and workmanlike – hardy virtues. From mid-June 2009, and decant for the time being. 14°. 2014-15. GB £43.12 inc VAT per 12. Jan 2009