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70-80% Grenache (1930s), 20-30% Syrah (late 1980s) from clay-limestone soils at 250-300 metres, hand harvested, destemmed, crushed, 4-5 week vinification, 2-3 part vat emptying/refillings, daily cap punching, pumping overs, Grenache concrete vat raised, Syrah aged 80% concrete vat, 20% 1-2 year old 225-litre oak casks 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with rib of beef with morel mushrooms, veal bavette with shallots, blue cheese des Causses”, 15,000-45,000 b

2018 ()

dark red colour; the bouquet is Southern, brooding, capacious, wide, has a plum centre, a back note of raspberry, with a little sense of dried herbes de Provence. It has scope. The palate is grounded, thorough, bears coated, persistent content with red stone fruits within, and a butty charge in the tannins – they need time. This carries the heartbeat of Rasteau, and needs time to integrate and shape itself. 15.5° - this is no patsy. From 2022, decant it. 2030-32 Sept 2020

2016 ()

shiny red robe. Traces of cork on the nose. Bottle 2: red robe; the bouquet shows cooked plums, strawberry jam, lamb stock airs. The palate is fleshy, spiced, on red fruits. The tannins are munchy, sound enough. It lacks a little spark, but gives comfy, rather aromatic, sound drinking, based on ripe Grenache, has not been forced. 15.5°. 30,000 b. 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. €12 at the domaine. 2028-30 Mar 2019

2015

(vat/casks) dark robe. The nose is well weighted, but not yet clearly defined. It hints at blackberry fruit, and needs a couple of years. The palate strides along well with a salty tang through its stylish black fruit, blueberry prominent. It goes nicely long, ends on the up. Lucid and appealing Rasteau. 14.5°. 30,000 b. From 2018. 2023-24 May 2016

2014 ()

full red colour. Plentiful menthol appears on the nose with an inset of deep blueberry fruit. The palate is savoury, based on ripe fruit with licorice-inspired tannins adding fuel to the late moments. Open and pretty generous Rasteau. It is well put together. 14.5°. 30,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. 2022-23  May 2016 

2013

(vat/casks) quite a dark red robe with legs visible. The nose is stylish, gives airs of flowers and red fruit, a jolie perfume, as well as low-key local influences such as rosemary. The palate is also elegant, and is honed by fine and smooth tannins. It lengthens well. The fruit quality is high, and not at all forced as a style. Has fresh, bonny finish. From mid-2016. 14.5°. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. Only 15,000 b. 2023-24  Feb 2015

2012

dark red robe, just a hint of advance at the top. The nose is reduced, so demands air, has discreetly sweet, musky aroma, strawberry jam notes, lamb stock, savoury tones. The palate carries a plum fruited, lightly spiced content with a moment of squeezy gras, but isn’t a really flowing unit, is a bit here and there, needs waking up. It works on texture, which is nicely oily, but the flavour pattern is irregular, as if it’s in an in-between phase. The finish brings in notes of chicken stock, slight dryness in the tannins. After two hours, let’s see: the finish is receding rather than gaining. 15°. 2023-24 Nov 2020 Previously Apr 2015 ***(*) quite a bright dark red robe. The nose gives an air of varnish, beeswax and red berry jam, with a backdrop of dusted herbes de Provence. This holds black, crisp fruit with a charge of late tannic darkness. The fruit swirls around well on the aftertaste. Pretty upbeat wine. The finish takes on notes of mocha, cocoa, just a little late dryness. 15°. 22,500 b. 2021-22  Apr 2015 Previously Nov 2013 ***(*) (vat/casks) good dark red, purple rim. Roasted, garrigue sweet herbs airs, toffee, licorice, lucid black cherry aroma. This is a good start; there is life in the varied bouquet. The attack already presents toothsome, appealing Grenache plum fruit; it becomes more grainy, has live, powdered tannins, lengthens steadily. There are wee sweet notes here and there, its fruit is ripe, and comes with some spice. Game good to eat with this. From 2016. 14.5°. 2022-23  Nov 2013

2011 ()

thorough red robe. There is a lot of bouquet here: it is full, slightly heated, deep and comes with a ripe Grenache ripeness. The palate has a good, roasted angle: this is a warm soils wine, but is a wine of consequence, tightly sealed and dense. Drink with beef stew or daube, venison. Decanting will open it up. Its tannins are well absorbed and line it well. Sound, Regular Guy Rasteau, centred on spice and soft, plump fruit. 14°. 45,000 b. 2020-21  Nov 2013

2010

dark tinted red; ripe, bendy ease in the bouquet that has a real “come hither” appeal thanks to a fine ripeness and sweetness; there are herb and warm garrigue scents here. The palate is tasty, with dark, licorice inflections, a measured scatter of tannin. Its texture makes it attractive, it has beauty and a fine wrapping, is all there. w.o.w. wine – you want to get going on this. The length is good, bringing in dark moments, and the balance is also great. 14.5°. 70% Gren only this year, with 30% Syrah. €10.50. 2019-20 Feb 2012

2007

full, deep red robe. Has a broad, full nose that presents a large wave of aroma without speaking loudly as yet – it is thick, brooding on black raisin and black fruit jam that is leavened by a softer, violet note and a very slight saltiness – it has almost the air of crystallized jam. I can see why this vintage is so popular in the broad USA market. The palate is rich, fully textured, has 2007 sweetness and depth. The central flavour is prune, with its fullness abundant all through. Some black pepper comes out towards the finish. A soaked wine, but one with some late grip. If you like thick, sweet wine, you will like this. It is good in its vintage-dominated, rather than terroir-expressive way. Day 3: it is now like wading through sweet raisin, is clumsy. 15° - obviously nearer 16°. 80% Gren, 20% Syr this year. 2020-21 April 2012

2001 ()

quite sweet cherry air, right out there; after 3 hours, it takes on sun-dried raisin, tightens. The palate bears a lot of ripe fruit, has a continuing mild sweetness, a degree of final tannin. Atypical Rasteau – it is less punchy, less tannic than most. The plum-toned fruit is sweet, soft, with a little end grip. Has suave appeal. Perfectly sound, But I would like more zap in it. 14°. To 2011 or so. Sept 2005