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70-80% Grenache, 20-30% Syrah from high, sandy soils at 400 metres, N-E of appellation, purchased wine, destemmed, 3 week vinification, cap punchings, pumping overs, aged 50% steel vat (lighter vintages) or 50 hl barrel (bigger vintages), 50% 5-6 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2009, 10-13,000 b

2018 ()

(tank, bottling in two days) dark red; alert top to a rather rich bouquet, crushed blackberry and raspberry, has a raw appeal, towards vegetal. The palate delivers free running, live black fruits, cherries, with a direct engagement. It ends on black olives. This rocks on well, the tannins need a little time to refine – another 12 months, say – they don’t slow it down. From spring 2021. A salted note on the close, with tar, comes through, and a low-key note of power. 2030-32 Feb 2020

2010

still dark red. Has a jaunty, becoming nose, real good life, black cherry liqueur, black olives. This is direct, clear, smooth running wine with fresh energy and good vigour. It holds sleek fruit, good latent glow, is a child of warm lands fanned by joli breezes. There are spicy, chocolate notes. 14.5°. 2025-26 Feb 2016 Previously Oct 2012 *** three-quarter depth red, clear robe, legs down the glass. The nose leads on a rather supple blackberry jam, jelly aroma that is not especially varied, has a baked surround, breathes a little fire. There are soaked fruit moments on the palate, which precede plenty of tannin on the finish. The flavour is like redcurrant. It is gutsy late in the palate, and there is a saline touch there. Decant. It finishes better than the 2009. 14.5°. From 2014. 2020-21  Oct 2012

2009 ()

dark robe. The nose is bold, cooked-baked, in the eye of the vintage. There’s a closely sealed black fruit jam air. It’s a solid start. This is rich, big, courses with southern tendencies – black olives, warm fruits: the success is the cool finish, indeed it’s concentrated and fresh. It has the vintage thickness, is sturdy. Decanting advised. Drink with game, beef stew. 14.5°. 2024-25 Feb 2016 Previously Oct 2012 **(*) dark robe. Has a blackberry fruit, fat style, oily bouquet that also offers herbs, local touches. The palate has a juicy, rich debut with oak in the second half. Has fat, sustained length; there is plenty here. It spreads well, and has started to ease, although its tannins are still a bit dry and prominent. The aftertaste is baked, rather yeasty. Finish is an issue here. Decant it. From mid-2014. 14.5°. 2019-20  Oct 2012