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The Wines

75% Grenache (late 1970s), 15% Syrah, 0-15% Cinsault (late 1980s), 10% Mourvèdre (late 1980s) from clay-limestone, galet stone soils on La Janasse & La Barnouine at Courthézon, destemmed, 15-18 day vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, cap punching, steel vat raised 12 months, filtered, organic wine, 10-20,000 b

2014

(vat, bottling Feb 2016) clear, appealing red robe. The nose presents an authentic garrigue, herbes de Provence air, has a briary quality, with a puckish red berry fruit at its centre. The attack is full of jolly raspberry fruit with a pick-up of crisp, still steely tannin towards the peppery finish. Has good, serious structure, and goes good and long. It is a pretty robust table wine with southern glow on the finish. 13.5°. 75% Gren, 15% Syr, 10% Mourv. 10,000 b. €6.60. From mid-2016. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2011 ()

shiny, medium depth red. Cooked red fruits air, smoky, bosky, shows a touch of ripe prune, along with thyme herbs. The palate carries subdued black fruit – is a “piano” production, gives a sense of its lees at the end. Plain, featureless wine that droops on the finish, lacks lift. 14°. €6 at the cellars, 15,000 b this year. 2015-16  Oct 2012

2010 ()

three-quarter red; smoky, ash-like air which also bears small black berry fruit. There is an upright acidity on the nose. The palate gives spiced plum Grenache fruit, baked stones in the mix, has a traditional style. The aftertaste reflects herbs, is very garrigue. Pockets of gras richness here, with a slightly edgy side to it. 14°. Bottled Oct 2011. €6. To 2017 Feb 2012

2009 ()

(vat) typical Grenache red, some purple. Has a mild aroma, the red fruit in the vein of jam, soft herbs alongside. Shows a little tightness, control. This is a pleasant, cleanly made wine that drinks easily, has solo appeal. Faithful Grenache red plum fruit qualities – the variety leads over terroir. Sympa, juicy wine with a clear finish – provides spot on drinking, is a w.o.w. wine. If not solo, drink with light food flavours, hors d`oeuvres. To 2013. Oct 2010

2007

Bottle 1: quite a full red; pongy nose: very reduced (I wonder if steel vat is involved here), can`t be tasted. Bottle 2: mottled red; clinical red fruit aroma, a bit reductive, stiff also. There are peppery red fruits on the palate: this is a forward, drink solo wine that lacks real supple features. It is rather unyielding and taut. 14°. 2011-12 Feb 2009