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70% Grenache (early 1970s-early 1980s), 30% Syrah (early 1980s) from stony, clay soils on La Pointe, some sand, destemmed, 2 week concrete vat vinification, daily pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 3-10 year 225-litre, 450-litre, 600-litre oak casks 12-14 months, unfined, unfiltered, called Séduction from 2015, 1,200-3,000 b


(casks) quite a dark red colour; the nose involves pine, menthol, cocoa airs, with blackcurrant coulis fruit behind. It’s a little uncertain for now. The palate gives an easy wave of cassis fruit, which runs into a mild finish, on the roundness of early drinking. It’s an accessible Vacqueyras, rather plain, not that fresh, with notes of the South, black olives, on the finish. 14.5°. 3,000 b. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. €13. From 2021. 2030-32 Feb 2020


dark, deep robe; the nose is sturdy, based on an air of blackberry jam, cooked fruit, black olives, licorice. It’s still waiting to emerge. The palate is firmly concentrated, the black fruit couch compact, near unyielding for now. It finishes with a little strictness, a smoky coil above it. The tannins have vigour, life, so it will fuse over time. It’s dark wine, carries freshness, and avoids excess. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. €13. From 2022-23, decant it. 2036-38 Feb 2020

2016 ()

(casks) sober dark red. Spice and dusty trail airs lead the nose, a grilled note to it. It’s rather abrupt. The palate is also spiced, bears concentrated juice, the real inside of the grape with the image of thick skins bringing the furriness and compression of the tannins. It’s in a very raw, early state, and reflects the hot growing season. The finish approaches a flavour of dates. It’s a sunbound wine – for casseroles, stews. 14.5°. 2,500 b. From 2020. 2031-32 Feb 2018

2014 No Rating



clear red robe. Smoky, lightly grilled aroma with good purity in its mainly raspberry fruit; it comes with a stylish freshness. The palate bears enjoyable red fruit, with good cut and good life present. This is a medium weight wine with its own authority, gives attractive drinking, clean as a whistle. Marks for precision. 14°. 1,200 b. 2019-20  Dec 2015