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50% Grenache, 50% Syrah, destemmed, 2 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged large oak barrels 12 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with rib of beef cooked on vine shoots”, 30,000 b

2019

good, full red robe; the nose is well formed, offers airs of plums, olives, a sweet tone to it, and a lasting trail. The palate is juicy, agreeably full, rolls along well, develops some smoky tannins that bring late edge and a grainy texture, the length sustained. This is a properly structured, feet on the ground Côtes for a longer life than most, a wine that will evolve nicely. It’s just tapping at the door for now, vintage concentration at its heart. 14.5°. From spring 2022. 2029-31 May 2021

2010 ()

shiny, quite dark plum robe, legs. Has an evolving, Grenache-led plum fruit aroma with smoky tips to it – it is nice and wide. This bears comfortable black fruit – the palate is well upholstered. It drinks well now, the fruit round, nicely generous; it ends roundly, has a discreet pick-up of tannin. It does a good show of a Côtes du Rhône destined for the table, and plenty of different dishes – stews, cottage pie, pastas. 14°. €4.10 ex cellars. 30,000 b. To 2017  June 2013