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50-63% Grenache, 17-30% Syrah, 10-20% Carignan, 0-10% Mourvèdre (av age 35 years) from clay-limestone neighbouring soils to Tavel, half machine, half hand harvested, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 3 months, fined, filtered, first wine 2008, before 2015 called Sol’Acantalys, has been organic wine, “drink with grilled red & white meats, charcuterie, cheese, pasta, Lasagne, Cannelloni,” 150-260,000 b

2015 ()

shiny red robe. The nose mixes light spice with a prune fruit aroma and some garrigue dust. The palate holds supple black fruits, stone fruits, with a mild tannic presence that ends in a grainy, dusted close. It drinks well now, and is a good ensemble. I like the soft, rounded close. 14.5°. 55% Gren, 25% Syr, 10% Cari, 10% Mourv. 200,000 b. €2.60 export. To 2019  June 2016 

2013

red robe. Overtly Grenache inspired nose here – a soft plum fruit aroma leads it, a hint of baking behind. The palate holds red berry fruit with a soft nature, pliant tannins, and a spot of scenting. Easy style of Côtes, it is faithful to the vintage, has a little powdery moment on the finish. 13.5°. 50% Gren, 30% Syr, 20% Cari. 150,000 b. €5. To mid-2016  Jun 2015 

2012

quite a dark red. This has a soft blackberry and raspberry jam aroma, a pliant air of toffee in it – the bouquet presents a quiet debut. The palate delivers a prune-blackberry flavour until a more chunky, even jagged block of tannin that suggest Carignan (tasted blind). Turns out there is 20% Carignan, Mourvèdre, with 20% Syrah, 60% Gren this year. It can ease its finish over the next 9 months. Sound wine, with potential. Has good, wholesome body, best with food such as roast meats. 13.5°. GOOD VALUE at €4.50. 2016-17  May 2013 

2011 ()

quite a dark red. Blackberry fruit, a steady ease in the bouquet that has an abundant style, offers plenty to appreciate. There are touches of vanilla, toffee. It is ripe, curvy, has a sweet, rather confected note. The palate holds suave berry fruit in a primary, early state – so it isn’t yet varied. It runs smoothly, without hitches, to the end, is easily drinkable. Some extra interest is added by tar tannins and their bite on the end. A tiny bit short. Traditional style, suited to country foods. Decanting OK. 50% Gren, 30% Syr, 20% Cari, €2.50 export this year. 13.5°. To 2016  May 2013

2010 ()

full, dark red. Syrah-influenced, black berry aroma – a supple bouquet with fine grain, dusty tannin inside, a hover of reduction, but there is quality black fruit under that: decant this. Warm, textured black fruit on the palate, which comes with enjoyable black tannin support. Easy, fulfilling, w.o.w. wine. Great with grills, sausages. All about its early fruit. Really good. I note herbal influences late on. 13.5°. To 2015 July 2011