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70-80% Grenache, 10-15% Syrah, 10-15% Mourvèdre from North-facing sandy, compacted safre, galet stone covered soils on Les Bédines at Courthézon, purchased wine that can contain 2-3 casks of domaine wine, destemmed, 30 day steel vat vinification at up to 28°C, cap punching, a little pumping over, 80-95% concrete vat (Grenache), 5-20% 2-5 year 228-litre oak casks (Syrah-Mourvèdre) raised 15 months, unfined, filtered, three bottlings Jan-Nov, first wine 2014, 13,330-30,000 b


(vat/casks) dark red; blackberry, licorice, herbs mingle on the nose, which has a lucid quality. The palate eases into place, offers a tasty run of raspberry fruit with notes of pine, tar in attendance, the finish clear, spearmint-like. This is a good drinking Châteauneuf with inner energy and attractive freedom, goes right along, carries local imprints, is w.o.w. Châteauneuf, a rare bird. It’s one for drinking sooner rather than later, is well-fruited and tangy. Marks for drinkability here. From late-2021. 2033-35 Dec 2020

2018 ()

dark red; the nose has an aroma of cassis bud, an attractive simplicity, notes of raspberry also present. The palate is soft and sequences well, bears red berry content with a little spark in the tannins. It’s a genuine Châteauneuf with pockets of garrigue in it, local colour, herbs. The finish has a slightly cool tone, which helps. 13,333 b. €26. From 2022-23. 2041-43 Oct 2019

2017 ()

red robe; damp notes, cool tones show on the nose, along with ripe sun effects, spice, mineral present, blue fruit, a note of rose hip. There is already a small evolution, which will interest drinkers, on the nose. The agreeable, suave texture aids the palate’s appeal, is well measured, a coherent Châteauneuf that builds some tar intensity, carries further mineral-tinkle as it goes, ends on some dark tannin, is clear there, a bit unorganized still. It’s pretty honest, has the 2017 finish, which means it needs time to meld. From 2022. 2037-39 Oct 2019

2016 ()

(vat/casks, bottling Dec 2017) very dark, intense robe. The bouquet is broad, full, has a dark chocolate depth, with stewed plums, prune, black raisin airs within, an underlying sweet concentration. The palate is thick with its closely-packed con tent, and black raisin, spiced moments on the second half. It is deep and thorough, with the tannins firm and also deep. It’s a sustained, large wine that doesn’t get out of hand, but needs plenty of time. There are barely any chinks its fabric at present; it’s on a large scale. From 2021. 13,300 b. 2036-39 Oct 2017

2015 ()

dark red colour. The nose combines soaked fruits with a damp vegetation aroma, fruit such as prune in the mix. The palate has a coated texture, runs smoothly, with neat tannins in the wheel as it turns. The length is decent. This is correct, without quite inspiring, is a safe bet. 15°.  30,000 b. Bottled early – Aug 2016. 30,000 b. Cask raised. From mid-2018. 2027-29 Sept 2016