(2018) Substantially more Carignan in this 2010 (71%), again from 65-year-old vines, along with 25% Syrah and 4% Grenache Noir. Yields of 13 hl/la and 71% of the blend spending 20 months in 500-litre barrels, old and new. It's a full percentage point lower in alcohol, and pours a medium plum colour, woth a broad, light rim. Fine graphite and dried blood character to red fruits on the nose, becoming very nicely sweet-fruited on the palate, ripe summer berries and a firm tannic underpinning. There's a dry, liquoricy touch of extract, but then freshness too with elegant acidity. Long and enjoyable now, but I probably would not cellar too much longer. Tanners has the wine as an 'oddment' at time of writing but there are other by the case stockists.
(2017) A blend composed mostly of Grenache and Syrah, this bottle was pretty closed and a touch reduced when first opened, but after a couple of hours in a decanter it transformed rather wonderfully into a rich, ripe but serious wine of the south, meaty and lightly herbal edges to dark, plum and ripe black berry fruit. The palate is medium- to full-bodied, with spices and a grip of tannin, but the fruit is dark and juicy, and it is the savoury fruit that drives to the finish. Stockists given for current vintages.
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