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60% Grenache, 15-25% Cinsault, 10-15% Syrah (av age 45 yrs), 0-10 Mourvèdre from N-W facing stony clay-limestone soils at 260-350 metres, destemmed, Grenache vat fermented after direct pressing, Cinsault, Syrah & Mourvèdre after bleeding juice off the skins (saignée), raised 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 4 months, lees stirred, (has been vat raised 5 months), malo blocked, filtered, “drink with white meat, salmon, shellfish, Asian cusine, barbecues”, 4,000-8,000 b

2019 ()

pink robe; the nose shows a little reduction, a cherry fruiting, cooked apple. The palate has a little southern depth, mass, is fair but not arresting, the finish a little fuzzy, dry. It needs air. 13.5°. 4,000 b. 60% Gren, 15% Cins, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. €12.5 at cellars. To mid-2021 Feb 2020

2017

red tinted robe, Tavel-esque. Good serenity and clear red fruit on the nose, which carries garrigue herbs, some spicing. The palate is agreeably full, smoothly textured, elegant, offers redcurrant fruits with a good tone, a good, upbeat delivery. This will be great with lamb cutlets. 13.5°. To 2020. Oct 2018

2016 ()

pale pink, a touch of onion skin. The nose is soft, mixes rose petals with strawberry fruit. The palate holds red fruits with a surprising, near lactic manner in the flavour, almost soap suds. It’s a creamy version of Gigondas rosé. I’d like more snap. Tasted blind. I see subsequently that it has been in oak. 14.5°. 4,000 b. €12. To mid-2018. Oct 2017

2014

red tinted pink robe. The bouquet is direct, but reduction obscures it a little: there is a note of coulis redcurrant, a touch of nut and candy, pear drop. The palate is live, its quince red fruit backed by content that is just a bit stretched. Ends with saline clarity. Fine with local dishes. 14.5°. 8,000 b. €12. To 2017. Dec 2015 

2012 ()

pink, wee red tints in the robe that has a classic local colour. Redcurrant, mixed herbs, dusty air. The palate has a neat, round make-up in a small ball of gras richness. It develops a thyme herbs finale, a spot of aniseed there. The fruit resembles quince, is interesting. The texture is smooth throughout. €11 at the cellars. 14.5°. 2015-16  Dec 2013

2011 ()

pale pink with a touch of onion skin. Has a plump, rather reductive bouquet that bears red cherry jam airs. The palate is fat and rippling, has a nice central point of gras richness, is smoothly textured. There is a bundle of fine cherry fruit and tannin on the finish. It is 14.5° on the label, but controls its heat OK, with a glow on the aftertaste. Good with red mullet, grilled Mediterranean fish. 2014 Feb 2012