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60% Grenache (1950s-1970s), 25% Mourvèdre (1970s, 1990s), 15% Syrah (1990s-2000s), 5% Carignan (1950s) from 12 hectares of S and W Facing blue marl and fine sandy, stony soils at 200 metres on Les Hautes Rives W of village of Cairanne, all purchased harvest from one domaine, hand harvested, destemmed, 2 week vinification, cap punchings, pumping overs, raised vat 12 months (Mourvèdre in used oak casks in hot vintages), unfined, filtered, Côtes du Rhône Villages until 2015, “drink with shoulder of lamb with spices”, 2 bottlings, 40-50,000 b

2019 ()

1) 33% of the wine, Gren 60%, Syr 40%) ***(*) purple-dark red; there is refinement in the red fruit, raspberry aroma. The palate is lucid, kindly fruited, lined with red fruits, cherry, a little knuckle of crisp tannin on the close. 13 years 2) a strong ***(*) (55% Mourv, 40% Gren, 5% Cari, 67% of it) full red; sturdy, meaty aroma, true Mourvèdre, a note of laurel. The palate is firm, decisive, reaches out well. A hint of late power comes through. These are 14.85°. 15 years Feb 2020

2018

dark red; large, grilled bouquet, soaked red cherries or griottes, has a fat sunny outlook, a curve of ripeness, is typical Cairanne in that respect, with the slight refinement. The palate bears slightly peppery content, cooked red fruits, some dynamism in the tannins which are chewy, raw. This is the first bottling, is demanding, the next will have had some large barrel raising extra. It’s rugged, but genuine. 14.5°. Bottled end Oct 2019. From 2022. 2031-33 Feb 2020

2017 ()

rather dark red; blackberry fruit with a smoky sideline show on an already developed bouquet. The palate has a Grenache-led plum flavour, builds in assertion and ends with correctly robust matter. It’s not yet all as one, will fuse and lengthen over the next two to three years. The length is sound. 14°. From spring 2020. 2030-32 Mar 2019

2016

dark red colour; brewed, oxtail airs lead the bouquet, spice and cooked plum within. It’s a quietly sturdy start. The palate bears spiced, assertive matter, plum fruit to the fore, with tannins on the dry side after the mid-point. Indeed, the finish is outright dry, though there is some reach from its inner gras. This is relying on time to sort out the second half of the palate. 14.5°. Try from mid-2020 at the earliest. 60% Gren, 25% Mourv, 15% Syr. 2031-33 Mar 2019

2015

(vat) sleek dark robe. The bouquet is well filled with prune fruit, some brightness, a note of chocolate. It reflects sunny climes. The palate sequels closely and well, with a generous content, cool blue fruits and well encased tannins - very snug they are. Full of gourmandise and appeal, a bonny southern wine with precise length. 14°. 40,000 b. Cairanne cru, not Villages wine. From 2018. 2024-26  May 2016

2014

full robe; gently rounded bouquet with black fruit at its heart, a soft and agreeable quality about it. The palate gives soft fruit, has a squeezy quality, and is open and near ready to go. The length is decent. This does a tidy job, without quite serving inspiration. It takes on some chalky tannins on the finish, which is clear. 14°.  To 2019  April 2015