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78-80% Grenache (1930s), 15-16% Syrah, 5-6% Mourvèdre from La Petite Bastide (S-E), destemmed, 30 day vinification at 18-30°C, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, turbo cap punching, aged 50% tronconic oak vat, 50% 3-4 year oak casks 18 months, assembled just before bottling, first wine 2005, 5-13,000 b

2019 ()

(casks/barrel) quite a dark red colour; the bouquet carries a vegetal-herbal air, notes of the lees, is still very much in the cellar. There’s a little plum fruiting and a floral note within from the Grenache. The palate is stroked by the smooth red-fruited content which flows with ease, is oaked, develops a little tannic bite and a tarry darkness in the closing stages. The length is a little bit restricted. The heart is sure, tasty, and the shape is good for the future. It will become a relaxed, homely Châteauneuf with time, and once the oak is well absorbed. From 2023. 2037-39 Dec 2020


(large barrel/casks, bottling Feb 2020) medium depth plum red colour; the bouquet is a little low on ambition, shows spiced red stone fruits, a note of jam in them. The palate goes quietly along, bears a little succulence in its red fruit flavour, its tannins a little on the edge still. It lacks inspiration, but can be termed “correct” in the French usage. Country dishes suited to it. 14.5°. 6,000 b. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv. €29. From mid-2021. 2037-39 Oct 2019


(large barrel/casks, bottling Apr 2019) dark-hued red robe. The bouquet rests on deeply set raspberry liqueur fruit, has a note of pork scratchings, grilling, and some welcome florality, muskiness. The palate is savoury, replete, fuelled with raspberry fruit that sustains throughout, on the strength of the vintage. This has a natural ground force, and its charge is such that it will be best drunk in sips rather than anything else. There’s a garrigue, briar, menthol slot just before the close, some authenticity there. Has local credence, feels hand made, has STGT leanings. 14.5°. 6,500 b. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv. €27. From 2021. 2040-43 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(casks/barrel, bottling April 2018) full, dark red. Sweet red berry, raspberry fruit leads the nose, sweet herbs, basil and black olives also present, soaked red cherries or griottes within. The palate moves easily along via its suave content and polished tannins. It gives a sound, but not inspiring glass. The nose is actually potentially more interesting, and more locally infused, than the palate. The finish is neat, rounded, has a little grainy tannin and notes of toffee from the oak. 16°. 13,000 b. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv. €27. From late 2019. 2038-40 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(large barrel) dark plum colour. The bouquet is reticent, still coarse, but ample. There are brewed stone fruits at its centre, a lozenge-like bout of sweetness. The palate bears compressed juice that tones down towards the finish, which is gummy, rather dogged for now. It gets away with power thanks to a spot of late freshness. A sturdy wine from sun-swept plains, it’s a bit of a giant. Bring on the haunch of venison. 14.5°. From 2019. 2031-34 Sept 2016


(casks) medium red robe. The nose is salty, with a black raisin, essence of prune nature, some oak. There is a sound depth. The palate carries some oaking on the attack, and bustles along into a broad finish. The flavour is plum, but the inevitable clash with Grenache (80%) occurs and distracts from its homogeneity and natural expression. From 2019. That damned young oak. 2014 isn’t a vintage for it, above all with the Grenache. 13.5°. Only 5,000 b. €26. 2029-31  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) medium+ purple colour. Prune and red fruit aromas on the nose, on the cusp of jammy in form. The palate is spicy, broad and full, holds juicy red fruit content. This is firmly structured with a tight, dry finish. It needs time to settle but has definite potential. 14°. From 2017. 2026-27 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

(casks) sober, quite dark red; The nose has an implicit strength, for now showing raspberry fruit as the tip of its iceberg, along with blackberry. This is a pretty bouquet with a little tucked in sweetness. The palate is interesting, bears attractive red berry fruit with good power in its tannins – real good grip from them. Has a likeable ground force, an inner strength that sets it up well for its future development. It has a good, liquid, rather savoury exit, a textured one. Has local character. Nothing complicated, offers good, steady drinking, is easy to underestimate. It persists in a quietly continuous manner. 14.8°. 12,000 b this year. 2025-26  Nov 2013


(casks) dark red, black tints, the top rim is lightening. Has a blackberry, heather-briar air, prune and a degree of sweetness. There is also a note of acidity. The palate has a chocolate, tasty liqueur cassis and blackberry fruit debut that takes it along most of the way – this is a sunny, forward attack. The finish is coated within, dusty on the outside. Contrived style, cellar forward wine that does the job. From 2015. 15.5°. 2023-25  Dec 2012


(casks) steady red colour. Has a really gummy, reductive air, but the shape of the bouquet is round, reflects the red plum fruit of the Grenache, raspberry. The palate is nice and tasty, a typical Châteauneuf sunshine sweetness in the glass, the offer of fruit liqueur. Round, flexible tannins lie within. A curvy, buxom wine with southern appeal. It is notably tasty and already appealing. From 2013. €23 at the domaine. 2024-25 Dec 2011


mild red, some advance already. Cooked, bit baked air, a young aroma here. Raisin flavour on the start – this is chunky, rather common, and works more on weight and mass than clear fruit. The length is OK. It could gain with time, but for now it lacks expression and width on its second half of the palate. 14.5°. 90% G, 5% S, 5% M, 10,000 b this year. 2023-25  Sept 2011  Previously Oct 2010 *** (casks) steady red robe; oily, viscous air, Grenache plum in the front rank, but is not very well surrounded, has herbs and heat evident as well. The palate is sealed, compact, with an eau de vie tendency after half way – hence there is final heat and a degree of tautness. There is sinew in this, it needs to assimilate its tension and force. A bit on the stretch. The aftertaste is varied, but time can make the whole wine more comfortable, I think. From 2012-13.  2022-24  Oct 2010

2008 ()

(casks) fair depth of red. Nutty, grilled airs on top of blackberry compose the nose, which is in the form of a couch, flat and reticent. There is also prune, indicating maturity coming early. The palate lacks orderliness – the fruit has singed moments, reflects some alcohol now, is rather brittle, and tapers towards the finish. Time will benefit this – a bit. From mid-2011. Firm, rather tough on the finish. 2017-18 Dec 2009


(casks) pretty cherry robe; smoke and leather airs circulate in a red jam foundation aroma, while tar and burnt wood hover, too. There is a smatter of the garrigue, and this can please around 2011-12. Red berries drive the flavour, with tannin infused – this has sides, width, and rolls along comfortably. The length is sound. Accessible wine for early drinking, with its free flow and lack of marked body. 2017-18 Nov 2008

2006 ()

dark red still, good shine. The bouquet is welcoming and bright: there is a good dance of blackberry, with airs of soaked black fruits, tobacco – this is at a good early maturity. The palate presents minty, really enjoyable fluid black berry fruit that is silken in texture; there are light black pepper, spice box trimmings. This has fine quality fruit. It lengthens well, is all as one, going well now. Rather classy, a pleasure. 14.5°. 2025-26  Dec 2012 Previously Nov 2008 ***(*) mid+ red; still raw, post-fermentation nose, has a lees influence, blackberry fruit within, a drift of herbs behind. There is a supple side to it that will gain ground as it ages. The black fruit has an agreeably tasty nature – berries delivered in a good, uncomplicated way. The fruit is steady, coupled with a late entwine of tannin. Near the finish it extends, offering blackberry liqueur in the flavour. I like its young juice, herbal aftertaste. From mid-2009. STGT leaning on this. 2018-20  Nov 2008  Previously Nov 2007 ***(*) (oak sample) pretty full red colour; has a thorough bouquet of some scale and frame – led by raspberry, with a little liqueur air to it. The palate starts with scented red fruits that pursue a running road – are supple and spiced towards the finish. There is also nice Grenache width after the mid-palate. Is a ripely textured wine, but also has good tannic lining to give it direction. Has a lot of good content, and moves along in a positive, full way. There is a touch of late heat, and this represents faithfully the Grenache from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It may close up as it ages. From 2010.  2021-23  Nov 2007

2005 ()

dark red, magenta robe; has an unusual buttery top air for a red wine, with blackberry fruit of a firm but accessible nature – there is some snap in this, and it is promising. It is still very young on the nose, and not markedly local. The shape is bulky and wide. The palate is agreeably textured, its fruit to some degree enclosed by some oaking, but it works as an ensemble, all taken together. It is a pretty broad shouldered wine, with built-in power. As the air works on it, it becomes more brewed and bigger scaled. It ends on a big, toffee finale for now. Will be more varied and more interesting from 2011.  15°. 2017-19  Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) fair red colour; herbal, a little gamey bouquet, open and down home with some streaky red fruits. Soft, fleshy start to palate, gains tannins as it goes. Rich seam of flavour in the making. From 2009. 2017-20  Nov 2006