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77%-90% 1950s Grenache, 0-12% Carignan, 0-10% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre, destemmed, 3-week vinification with vat-emptying/refilling, vat raised 6-8 months, filtered, low yields around 35 hl/ha, “drink with grilled red meats”, 2,500 b

2019 ()

full red robe; the bouquet sits discreetly, is filled with ripe blackberry fruit, has a jelly-like nature, and isn’t yet varied, more to come. The palate is well packed, presents good, widely spread cherry fruits, has a tasty centre, bears a little still slightly gruff, dark, gummy tannin that shows towards the finish. It has solid length all through, is suited to red meats, notably beef, bold flavours. There’s a touch of laurel on the aftertaste, a local signature. 15°. 2027-28 April 2021


dark red; the nose leads on stewed plums, raspberry liqueur fruit, sweet herbs, vanilla. The palate is tasty, immediate, offers stylish richness, and is well filled to the close. It’s an accurate, bespoke Côtes, far from the mass produced range. It shows the 2018 fruit well, its open virtues. There is a light, handy mineral tone on the close, which helps its clarity there. 14°. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah. 2024-25 Oct 2019

2016 ()

shiny dark red. Has a well-rounded, homely bouquet, stewed plums and cherries in the frame, raspberry on the edges. It’s a harmonious intro. This is silkily textured, flows with supple richness, red berry flavours with some decisive tannins bringing cut, life to its late moments. It’s a wholesome Côtes for la table, presents its Grenache well, the archetypal roundness, a savoury manner. It ends nice and completely, the fruit and content still right there. It’s genuine, with style. 14°. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah. 2020-21 Dec 2017

2005 ()

quite bright red; round, red jam hints with a smoky top edge, licorice edges – the bouquet has a solid shape, some attitude. Well-set fruits, mix blackcurrant-strawberry, on palate; this is a wine of solid constitution, and one that persists soundly. Shows the quality of 2005, the good vintage, is a good, honest wine with its own I.D. Drink to 2012, even though the fruit is interesting now – proper substance here. “I like this as an aperitif,” Serge Gradassi

2004 ()

(pre-bottle) steady colour. Live nose, good fruit that holds together well. Well-defined fruit on palate, cherry-plum style. Good and direct, clean wine, a bit "straight" without much variety. Mineral end. March 2005, London, due for May 2005 bottling


some dark aspects in colour. Nutty, young bouquet, fruit is withdrawn. Supple attack, some tannic sides, attractive, clean, rather modern. More interesting probably in 2006. Tannins come back on finish. Best with some age. 2009-10 March 2005, London