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100% Grenache (early 1970s) from basalt soils at Neck de Sceautres at 300 metres, “the plot has a hill on one side, and another hill on the other side, so it loses sun for 90 minutes in the morning, and 90 minutes in the evening, meaning it ripens very gradually, and always has acidity”, harvested 10 days after the Neck cuvée Grenache, destemmed, 10-15 day vinification, cap punching every 2 days, raised 5-6 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2, “only made when quality up to the mark”, 1,300 b

2017

dark red; has a blackberry aroma, some grunt, stone fruits also, notes of raspberry. The palate is savoury, appealing, not obviously Grenache, though there is a texture and oiliness angle from it. It’s a bit in between stools for me, Grenache and oak the old issue given the riper Grenache than on the Neck. Brewed fruit is central to it, but it’s not especially open. A touch of caramel from the oak appears towards the finish.  13.7°. 2026-27 May 2019