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60% Grenache, 40% Syrah (early 2000s) from 1.38 hectares on sandy limestone soils on Saint Martin & Husson at Courthézon, hand harvested, destemmed, 3 week steel vat vinification, cultured yeasts, light cap punching, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, part steel vat, part new-1-2 year 228-litre oak cask raising 6 months, filtered, 9-10,000 b

2015

medium red robe, clearly a mainly Grenache wine here. The nose has a softly spiced aroma of red berry fruit, herbes de Provence present. The palate is mild, with a quiet display of strawberry fruit and white pepper, spicing along its sides. There is a little rocky breeze in the tannins. A low-key Côtes for grilled foods. 14°. 9,500 b. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. To 2020  June 2016 

2014 ()

red robe; has a spiced bouquet, a real notable front air of that, with a murmur of licorice and red berry fruit behind. The palate is a little clipped on debut, and never quite hits a tuneful stride. There is a red cherry, baked finale. OK, but lacks come hither and flesh. 14°. 60% Gren, 40% Syr.  Bottled May 2015. 2018-19  Oct 2015  Previously Jun 2015 **(*) see-through red robe. The nose is indistinct – there is reduction, and a sweetened red fruit such as strawberry jam. This drinks now, but lacks well-set body. The fruit is stewed rather than free. It finishes in a spiced, peppery vein with a glow of heat. 14°. 10,000 b. €7.70. To 2017 Jun 2015

2012 ()

quite a dark red. The nose shows reduction, has a somewhat “high” air, mixes raspberry and blackberry fruit, shows some brioche, nutty notes, with licorice. The palate has a supple fruit debut, is a sleek operation with sweet oaking after half way. Modern, international, near New World wine for sweet palates. Has a floral, quite finale. 14°. To 2016  May 2013