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80% Mourvèdre (late 1960s, sandy soils near Pignan), 15-20% Grenache, 0-10% Syrah, purchased crop, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 600-litre oak casks 6 months (before 2010 was vat raised 5-6 months), fined, filtered, first wine 2007, 4-13,250 b

2010 ()

the plum red robe has a matt hue. This gives a mild, measured Grenache air, baked stone fruits and a notable herbal, garrigue influence, tangly hedgerow fruit. The palate is low-level, not bright and out, as opposed to the majority of 2010s. There is Grenache fat at its heart, is genuine wine and rather STGT – it gives a sense of place, the pinewoods and the herbal terraces. It lengthens well and fully in a traditional style, bringing in rosemary and laurel on the aftertaste. There is a gummy, slightly yeasty ending. Genuine is the word for this – it is not a pristine wine, is grounded. From mid-2014. 4,000 b this year. 2027-28 Dec 2011

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED – Mourvèdre not up to scratch

2007 ()

steady, full red; wide, rather subtle aroma – red fruits with a definite heart, the of red cherry and baked stones: its is low-key now. The palate leads with a nicely running fruit delivery; once more, the red fruits have an understated depth, and thanks to the Mourvèdre, the wine sustains well, is long. It ends on some good fruit, meat stock flavours. It already drink OK – is an interesting wine with more to it than meets the eye. Another example of the Mourvèdre role this year. 14°. 2017-20 Nov 2008