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100% Grenache from galet stone, brown, sandy soils on Coste Froide (E), part destemmed, 40 day tronconic vat vinification at 22°C, cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, raised 600-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, 3,000 b

2019 ()

(casks) dark red robe; the nose is a plummy affair, carries sweetness, ripeness, and a hint of dried herbs. It holds soundly. The palate is structured around a good spine with agreeable richness flanking it, delivers a good, continuous run of spiced plum-fruited content, with freshness in the tannins, a little bite from them. This is good old vine Grenache Châteauneuf, will gradually draw together, is authentic, has character; for now it gives neat little flashes of tasty gras along its path, with a smoky finale. 15°. From 2024. 2046-48 April 2021

2018 ()

(casks, bottling June 2020) full red robe; the bouquet pushes forward, comes with a smoke-filled front, a near cordite presence, coffee beans, red plum fruits. The palate is charged with lusty red cherry matter, assertive tannins, strength in its delivery, carries southern oiliness. The length is prolonged, a little wild, with glow, power on the aftertaste, a well struck note of menthol there. It doesn’t hold back, to its credit, hasn’t been polished up, is genuine, colourful Châteauneuf. 15°. 3,000 b. 100% Grenache. €38. From 2023. 2043-45 Oct 2019