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The Wines

55% Grenache (early 1970s-mid 1980s), 35% Syrah (early 1990s-early 2000s), 10% Carignan (early 1980s-early 1990s), Mourvèdre (early 1990s), held some Counoise in 2008, destemmed, 6 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, steel vat raised 10 months, unfined, filtered, no sulphur dioxide wine, 8,000 b

2010 ()

full plum red robe; ripe blackberry fruit, with a hang dog note about it, super-ripe fruit, with airs of smoky bacon, earthbound aromas. The palate offers squeezy dark, black fruit, with a good, continuing flow; it rolls along well, is drinkable solo, has licorice cut, is a w.o.w. wine. It is supple, with a slight gummy texture, and later on there are wee dusty tannins. Suited to North Europe drinkers, and the zinc bars: it ends clearly, on a slightly dusty but clear note. 14°. 2015-16. Feb 2012

2009 ()

dark red; blackberry fruit air with a note of hung game, black soil airs beef it up, and make it less simple. The palate has a solid start – there is a sweet touch in the fruit, which rolls well, comes with a little fire and brimstone. This has character, is a forthright show of fruit and content, leaves an impression. Good wine, STGT. It is dark and gutsy, a good Ventoux. 14.5°. 2015-16 Feb 2012

2008

mild red robe; nut-toffee, plum fruit air, dusty stones. This has a delicate, peppery attack, with light gras present. It tapers a bit. An upright, clear, frank wine. Decent wine. Suited to grilled foods, having chums round. 13.5°. “We worked to privilege elegance this year,” Cyrille Morard. To 2014. Feb 2012