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80% Grenache (av age 35 years), 20% Syrah from Palestor, Cabrières, also Boislauzon, Coudoulet), whole bunch fermentation, daily pumping overs, cap punching at end of fermentation, 16-18 day vinification, concrete vat raised 6 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, 3-10,000 b

2016

(vat) full, dark robe, black with purple. Crushed pistachio nutshells, green olives airs lead the nose, with a firm inset of black fruits all closely sealed together, a note of roast meat, pork grilling. This is generous, towards copious, on the attack, and moves with an inlay of power within its content. The flavour centres on black jam fruit, density apparent. It is very grounded, a real vin de la terre. It surges after half way into a broad and insistent finish, is a cousin of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in shape and form. The aftertaste is on Grenache, plum fruit. There is very compact juice, sun rays, in it. From mid-2018. 2023-25 Aug 2017

2014

healthy dark red robe. The bouquet is free spirited, with an easy abundance of berry fruit, a note of darkness and mystery, has the depth for a good evolution. There is a little seared meat, grilling. The palate offers enjoyable, immediate fruit with a swift onset of peppery tannins and their note of dryness for now. Plenty of life and vigour here, but the finish is raw. It could have been raised for longer. From spring 2017. 13.5°. 2022-23  Oct 2015 

2012

sound red robe. The bouquet is likeable, genuine; it shows cooked black berry fruits, pepper and also oily, garrigue influences. The fruit is clear and pleasing. The palate bears lissom fruit, has appealing depth, and its tannins are tacked into its tail feathers. The late notes are mainly round, with wee pebble dust in the texture there. It has gras, fat, in it and is suited to table dishes over the aperitif. Drinks well now, the length sound. 14.5°. 2017-18  Oct 2013

2011 ()

dark red; the nose shows reduction, cold tea, the aroma broad, has chocolate, baked black raisin notes. The palate leads on soaked fruits that summon up some late freshness. It stretches out pretty well. The black fruit has charm, intricate tannin, ends on tar and menthol. Promising wine that is more upright than fat. A structured, quite strong Villages. From 2014. 14°. 3,000 b, €9.50, bottled March 2012 this year. 2018-19  Dec 2012

2007

sound red robe; has a red plum, strawberry jam aroma that has a good, friendly curve of appeal. The palate also holds a pretty richness, is supple, and comes with good heart. It ends on a slight tannic dryness. The fruit is pretty, very accessible. Has a garrigue, baked plains aftertaste. 2015-16 March 2009

2005 ()

the bouquet is supple, with nice and squeezy red jam at its heart, The palate starts off tightly, which is a surprise after the nose’s open sweetness. Has a definite tannic lining, but there is a good core of red berry and hedge fruits with some gentle spice. The length is good, and there is a nice undertow of sweet fruit pastilles late on. Good, easy drinking, with local feel. STGT wine. To 2011. Nov 2007