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50% Grenache (1950s), 35% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah from 14 hectares on St Antonin at Jonquières on clay-lime soils, destemmed, 25 day vinification, pumping overs, manual cap punching, Grenache raised large barrel, Syrah & Mourvèdre raised used 228-litre oak casks 15 months, fined, unfiltered, “drink with red meats, cheese, venison terrine, charcuterie”, first wine 2015, 24,000 b

2019 ()

(barrel/casks) very dark robe; the bouquet is replete, broad, beefy, pretty choc full with blackberry fruit, a sweet tone to it. The palate has a savoury, very full and rolling nature, gives a broad wheel of black cherry flavour, the fruit style almost soaked. Intensity comes from within, and lingers along its path, rendering it more a wine to sip than drink freely. It’s a coated, full-on Plan de Dieu, with some garrigue, herbs’ notions on the second half. The tannins are ripe, layered, still thick. 15°. From mid-2022, decant it. 2031-33 April 2021

2015 ()

(vat/casks, bottling Feb 2017) the robe has a dark red centre. This has a firm, rather hidden bouquet: it has an aroma of cooked plum, almost prune in the centre of it, has a toffee angle maybe from oak, a very raisiny aspect to it. The palate has a spiced, upbeat debut, with plums, Victoria plum on the go. It has steady length, though the content slides a little towards the finish – it could give more drive and content there. This is understated Plan de Dieu, all compact and slightly in itself. It lacks brio, is rather plain, has a relative finesse. To its credit, it ends freshly. 14.5°. 24,000 b. From spring 2017. 2021-22 Sept 2016