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100% Syrah from 1 hectare on galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Calada near Ch Cabrieres (N-W), destemmed, 30 day concrete vat vinification at up to 32°C, pumping overs, cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 50% new, 50% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 16-18 months, unfined, filtered, "drink with red meats, beef stew, venison, wild boar", first wine 2017, 1,000 b


(casks) dark red; the nose is rather neutral, has a peppery tone, notes of dried herbs, a shaded take, a line of cool black fruit at its centre. The palate is also low-key, comes with plum fruiting, ordinary, rather furry tannins. It lacks Châteauneuf élan, is a little stretched on the second half. The finish is taut, tight. Its cussed nature may relax with more raising and time, but it’s not going to be a rockabilly wine. 15.5°. From 2025-26. 2040-42 April 2021

2017 ()

(new/used casks, bottling June 2019) the robe is dark, while the bouquet is a bit of a blockbuster: it’s broad, fuelled with a strong charge of black fruit, soaked black cherries, a note of eau de vie strength. It’s certainly “impressive”, but not that welcoming. The palate is sturdy, obvious, lined with vigorous dollops of prune, date flavour, straight from the Hot South. This used to be a Made in North Africa style of wine in my youth, before heating up. It’s assertive, very full, and you have to like this gloopy, rich and obvious style, have a sweet tooth for it. Decanting a must. 15.5°. 1,000 b. 100% Syr. From 2023. 2040-43 Oct 2018