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80-85% Grenache, 15-20% Syrah, destemmed, cooling for 2-3 days at 15°C, then short 5-8 day vinification, max temperature 24°C, only pumping overs, lined concrete vat raised 5-6 months on fine lees, filtered, 5-6 bottlings, last year 2013, 96-120,000 b

2013

soft red robe; spice, capsicum, green pepper aroma, a small spot of raspberry below, a little pong of reduction, a touch of dust. This is direct wine, and to an extent a bit thin, lacking in body. Pepper is rampant on the finish. It is cleanly struck, with the fruit just holding back. It can be drunk solo, but the texture is dusty, and it may be suited to salami, saucisson, for example. A typical example of a light vintage, and not aided by the low-level Grenache contribution. Very light. 13.5°. To 2016 Nov 2014

2012 ()

(vat, harvested 14 Sept, sugars completed) good purple robe. Black fruit jelly aroma, round. The palate fruit is easy, has mild tannins, nice length, a no effort wine. Fair acidity, early wine here. 13.5°. 4-5 years. Oct 2012

2011

medium depth red colour, a young, not especially deep red. Toffee, date and raisin mingle in the first air, a little plum fruit – overall the nose is hidden, has spice with it. The palate is also a bit dumb; red berry fruit shows here and there, but is unevenly distributed. I would like more cut in the fruit. The finish is a bit tame and round, but the fruit doesn’t sparkle. “It was more fruited,” Pascal Jaume. 13.5°. Bottled June 2012, the last bottling. 85% Gren, 15% Syr, 96,000 b this year. To 2014. Oct 2012

2008 ()

bright, pretty red with a purple note in it. Out and about red fruits on the nose, which gives nice primary access to the grape. The palate runs on a peppery red fruit trail – comes with verve and direct appeal. It is also peppery late on. Good, Beaujolais-style Rhône. Finishes clearly, just the job. Justifies its name. w.o.w. wine. 13°. To 2010. March 2009