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The Wines

60-75% Grenache (1975, 1980s from Le Barroux, clay, grey marl, 1981 from Aubignan, gravel, siliceous, draining soils, late 1980s from St Hippolyte, sand, limestone, flat chalk stones, lauzes), 20-35% Syrah, 5-8% Carignan (1960s), 50% hand, 50% machine harvested, pre-fermentation cooled 3-6 days at 11°-12°C, 12-15 day vinification, pumping overs, turbo cap punching, concrete vat raised 6-8 months, unfined, filtered, Oversant name not used in USA, biodynamic wine, 20-30,000 b

2017

(vat, bottling in two months) red robe. Bright red fruits, raspberry and cherry feature, with spice, a nose that carries good sparkle. This is good, naked wine, bears streamlined red fruits, lots of solo drinking possible – it engages well. Has a red cherry stone flavour, holds light touch powder tannin. The Carignan gives a little moment of darkness, depth on the finish. 14°. 20,000 b. To 2021 March 2018

2011 ()

(vat, bottling in two weeks) sound red; this has a great nose – it is very aromatic, and is typical, showing herbs, garrigue airs, lots of spice and pepper. The palate offers good, rolling red fruit, with a juicy abundance, ending on ripe tannins. The start is good and full, with licorice and blackberry, some black raisin, varied flavours present. It is fresh, the tannins are well-cut, as is the finish. Very good value, a rocker, a w.o.w. wine for tout le monde. €5 at the cellars. “The pH and total acidity are a lot more balanced in 2011 than in the years 2010 back to 2007,” Patrick Soard. 2016-17 May 2012

2010

2 bottles tasted: 1st bottle: red, with wee purple tints. There is a saline side to the nose, along with black leather, possible taint. The problems of the Feb bottle revert, it seems. Bottle 2: red, purple robe. The nose is easing into a comfortable zone, with red plum fruit, a salt note, damp black soil at its base. The palate has a fine grain; black leather tannins are granular, and show through its prune, blackberry flavour. A structured Ventoux red that drinks clearly, and has a chewy, smoky finish. Typical of the region: drink with grilled beef, a rib, for instance. 2017. May 2012. Previously Feb 2012 *(*) plum red; sweet front air with a tiny note of alcohol spirit, a mix of plum fruit and licorice at its centre. I am not sure how clean this is on the palate – possible Brett, to which I am not lethally tuned. There is a yeasty dryness in its blackberry fruit, and it ends on slight firmness. Is a bit stretched. Try another one later. 13.5°. To 2015. Feb 2012

2001

clear-fruited nose that is nice and direct. Tasty debut to the palate, strawberry fruit laced with pepper. Pretty wine, on the go now. To 2005. July 2003