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The Wines

since early 2010s new name is Esprit de Barville, 90-95% Grenache (late 1970s), 5-10% Syrah, Mourvèdre, purchased wine mainly from the Gard département – Laudun, Saint-Gervais, also Cairanne, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, aged large 40 hl barrels 12 months, fined, filtered, ”objective is for a traditional wine”, 50-55,000 b


level red robe; smoky, slightly brooding red berry aroma – nicely ripe raspberry, some high tone in the air. The palate delivers live fruit that has a sweet core, comes out running and extends well, aided by extra depth from the oak raising. It is comfortably wide across the palate, finishes on a raspberry liqueur note. Food needed, not a wine for solo drinking. Good country foods great with this. 13.5°. To 2012. Nov 2008

2006 ()

mild red; red jam aroma – ripe with a touch of turn on the fruit - game and herbs also hover. Has juicy, facile fruit – red jams here, is textured with a pocket of freshness towards the finish. This works well – drink this one the go wine until 2010 mid-late. The 2007 has a bit more depth. 14°. Nov 2008

2005 ()

red with a matt hue and signs of brick. Prune, mature plum aroma, even orange marmalade as it evolves, baked red fruits – it is confidently wide. The palate mixes maturing Grenache red fruit or plum with a tannic texture and grip, especially near the finish. This upright wine needs food, is best drunk in cool weather as well. Ends in a mature, rather dry state. Is nothing fancy, but is an honest wine. 14°. To 2010. Nov 2008