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60-70% Grenache, 22-30% Syrah, 8-10% Cinsault from 5 hectare vineyard on clay soils at 300-500 metres in Dentelles, 15-25 day vinification, destemmed, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, steel vat raised 6-8 months on fine lees, unfined, filtered, drink with veal fillet, skirt steak with sea salt chocolate cake”, organic wine, 20-23,000 b


regular, quite bright red robe. The bouquet gives an immediate, mulled raspberry fruits or coulis aroma, has some lingering darkness of depth. The palate has character, runs with slightly high octane red fruit content, rocky tannins always present. This has good guts, and the tannins, while challenging now, bring a gunflint spark to proceedings. This has vigour, and STGT leanings. Decant it. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Cins. From mid-2020. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2015 ()

Victoria plum red robe. The nose is sweet, rounded, has a soaked fruits, raspberry air with a slight “high” angle from some minor reduction. Decanting advised. The palate is spicy with a build in rocky tannin towards the finish. It’s still rather disjointed. There is sound heart, so drink from mid-2018. It’s pretty genuine. 15°. 23,000 b. 70% Gren, 22% Syr, 8% Cins. €15.40. 2025-27 March 2017

2013 ()

light garnet hue. Has a leafy, red fruited nose. There are bitter, green notes on the palate. Maturity appears compromised here. It is harsh and drying on the finish. 14°. 22,500 b. €19.80 at the cellars. From 2015. To 2020. JL Dec 2014


dark red; vanilla-toffee combination on the nose, smooth red cherry, a style of coulis and liqueur within. The palate has an oily, crushed plums flavour, damson plums. It doesn’t leave a big imprint. Some fine, smooth tannin features. A safe player, not long on character, is correct but a bit dull. The length is fair. From mid-2014. 22,000 b. €19.60 at the cellars. 2019-20  Dec 2013


medium red; hangdog, feral, mature already red fruit in this nose. There are game, “high” notes also on the palate, with a sudden burst of tar-char tannin at the end. Clumsy wine, lacks polish, integration, and gives no hand made clues at all. 15°. €19.60 at cellars. To 2017  Dec 2012


fine, quite pale red. Reduction on nose – so earthy first aroma that gives light red fruit of Grenache style – it is easy, smells like fruit pastilles. The palate mixes pepper, notably spice that runs all through its light red fruit. Ends clearly: an early drinking wine, suited to grills, simple foods. It doesn't attempt to reach for the stars, but is OK, has a little gras richness. Small scale Gigondas. From spring 2010. 13.5°. To 2014. Dec 2009


dark, oily, bosky nose with alcohol touches. Black fruits on the palate suggest Syrah here, cherry in the flavour. Modern cellar techniques have created this; there is fair richness through it. Herbs and some mushroom on the aftertaste. The crop ripeness has been extreme. It holds up OK. 2010-11 July 2005