Note: from 3 different parcels measuring 1.36 ha, two at the bottom in Baudes Basses and another at the top in Montiotes Hautes
Producer note: Nicole Lamarche succinctly told me that the 2019 growing season "was about as hot as 2018 but even drier which induced some hydric stress in the vines but not so much as to cause them to shut down. There was also the risk of oidium, so it was necessary to be quite vigilant though in the end, it turned out to be more worry than an actual problem. Otherwise, it was a relatively easy season to manage and I picked from the 7th of September and harvested clean and very ripe fruit but importantly, not too ripe as the highest potential alcohol was 13.7%. Yields were actually pretty good as volumes were only down slightly from what we realized in 2018. I used between 10 and 30% whole clusters and the skins were quite thick so it was clear that you couldn't push the vinifications too hard without risking having very extracted wines. As such, I chose to vinify very lightly as I also absolutely wanted to avoid blurring the terroir transparency. As to the wines, I really like them as they're more terroir-driven than 2018 and perhaps a bit more elegant as well." I was impressed by the quality of the 2019s as well as the four 2018s that I reviewed below, and which had been bottled in April 2020. .
Tasting note: A softly spicy and markedly floral nose blends aromas of red currant, raspberry and newly turned earth. There is very good underlying energy and punch to the succulent and seductive yet powerful and concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that display a touch of warmth on the detailed, very firm, serious and austere finale. This is also potentially excellent, but this is definitely not a wine to engage in its early youth.