Vintage Drinking Guide

On this page I try to give advice on when and how to serve our wines, based on tasting from our personal library.

Muscat d'Alexandrie

2006 - Has taken on an intriguing minty aroma and characters of old dry Riesling.


One Block Muscat (1-4 years)

2006 - Starting to feel a little aged. Not high in acidity, so drink now.
2007 - Has developed some nice herby notes as well as good minerality. Drink up.
2008 - Crisp and aromatic and has developed some minty notes. Drink now.
2009 - Noticeable Muscat on the nose, developing some secondary flavours. Drink now
2010 - Nice perfumed nose of elderflowers but grapefuit flavours. Drink now.
2011 - Similar to 2010 but with a touch of mint. Drink now.
2012 - Floral nose of elderflowers with flavours of peach and apricots. Great as an aperitif or with cheeses. Drink / keep
2013 - Herbal nose of elderflowers and cut grass. Flavours of apples and citrus. Drink / keep
2014 - Floral nose of elderflowers and peach. Fresh palate of mandarin and nectarine. Drink / keep



La Terre Promise (1-6 years)

2007 - Has developed minerality and nutty characters. Drink.

2008 - Drinking nicely. Lots of fruit and creamy richness. Drink now.

2009 - Has developed some nice aged complexity. Waxy, wet wool and nuts. Drink/Keep.

2010 - Lovely complex nose of flint, butter and peat. Palate has rich, spicy quince fruit, great acid balance and a fine silky texture. Drinking beautifully now but can keep for longer to see the development.

2011 - Restrained, stoney mineral nose with some buttered toast. Quince fruit and oriental spices come after a few seconds in the mouth. Drink/keep.

2012 - Lovely nose of stonefruits and buttered toast. The palate is richer and creamier than previous vintages and the wine has more weight. Drink/keep.

2013 - Classy, mineral nose with light pear fruit. The palate is complex starting crisp and clean but evolving into quince fruit and ending with eastern spices. Drink/keep.

2014 - Nose of pears and smoky minerals. Palate is lighter than usual but with lovely bright fruit and a caramel length. Keep/Drink

2015 - More tropical fruit on the nose than other vintages. Richer and riper palate. Keep/Drink

2016 - Very fine and mineral yet with complexity and concentration. Keep



Muscat de Rivesaltes (In general this can be kept for decades)

2006 - Has developed a nice, subtle nutty, dried fruits character in place of the floral aromas when young. Drink
2009 - Perfect for getting full, rich, honeyed characters. Drink/keep
2011 - Honerysuckle on nose with dried fruits in the mouth. Drink/keep
2012 - Honerysuckle on nose with very ripe apricots in the mouth. Richer and riper than normal. Drink/keep
2012 - Very attractive nose of blossom and dried apricots. Palate is really nicely balanced with stone-fruit and just enough sugar without being cloying or oversweet.
2013 - Fresher fruit than normal on nose. Palate is lighter but still with great balance of sweetness, weight and acidity.
2014 - Unusually made from 100% Muscat d'Alexandrie. It has more obvious Muscat aromas and more viscocity and acidity than other vintages.


The Rose of Treloar

2009 - Has now lost its "young wine" character and is very fruit-forward with some caramel too. Like a cherry-flavoured Carambar! It can develop tartrate crystals if kept in the fridge for a few days - so don't drain the bottle.


Le Ciel Vide (1-5 years)

2008 - Tannins have integrated very nicely and it is now quite aromatic, with some animal characters like musk and leather. Probably getting past it. Drink now.
2009 - Tannins now pretty smooth. Not as light or animal as the 2008 but with more fruit. Drink now
2010 - Interesting aromas of farmyard and dried fruits. Tannins nicely integrated now. Drink/Keep
2011 (new label) - Lovely dusty fruit on the nose. Tannins slightly present but a wine with bage of character. Great with Tapas and Charcuterie. Drink/Keep
2012 - Roadside berries on nose. Palate is rich, earthy and surprisingly complex for a wine of this price. Nice well-rounded tannins.

2015 - Crunchy blackberry fruit with tannic structure and nice acidity. Cam be served slightly chilled.


One Block (Grenache) (1-8 years)

2006 - This has developed beautiful aged characters on the nose but the palate is fresh and the tannins now silky. Perfect.
2007 - Well-rounded tannins and a nice dark-chocolate character. Drink now.
2008 - Drinking nicely now but will develop rounder tannins and more aromas over the next year or two.
2009 - One of the nicest One Blocks in my opinion. Has a lot of interest now but will continue to improve.
2010 - A little more earthy than 2009. Nice fruit character with smoky tannins. Drink/keep.
2011 - This was made with a higher percentage of Lledoner Pelut and is lighter and more floral that other vintages. It is now entering its nice drinking phase.
2012 - Again 50% Grenache, 50% Lledoner Pelut but the vintage was a little riper so a fruitier, weightier wine than 2011. Drinking nicely but allow it to breath.
2013 - This was made with lower extraction and about 10% Carignan added to give a softer wine for immediate drinking. That doesn't mean it won't age.

2014 - Nice warm ripe fruit with a hint of chocolate or caramel to the fruit.
2015 - Lighter bodied due to higher percentage of Lledoner Pelut.


Three Peaks (1-10 years)

2006 - Developing well and maturing well. Has received great reviews from critics recently. The wine opens up quickly now, suggesting it should be drunk in the next 24 months.
2007 - Lots of complexity and the tannins have now integrated nicely. Pefhaps the most perfect Three Peaks to drink now. Potential to improve for 2-3 more years.
2008 - Chocolate cake and dark fruits on the nose. A rich palate with nice round, ripe fruit characters and well-integrated tannins. Drink/keep
2009 - Really entered its stride. Give it a little time open or decanting to show that this is perhaps the most complex of all the Three Peaks I've made. Drink/keep
2010 - Has just opened up and showing great complex aromas of dried and stewed fruits, farmyard and coffee. The palate has recently softened, displaying fine tannins and has bags of ripe dark fruits.
2011 - Still feels a little closed upon opening so decant it for 30 mintues and you will discover a big, rich and complex wine with more fruit concentration than the 2010 but with the same mineral complexity.
2012 - A softer, riper vintage than 2011 giving a wine with more fruit on the nose and palate.
2013 - Only bottled in June 2015 so needs some time but this promised to be the best Three Peaks to date with a wonderful herb and blackberry nose from the syrah supported by spice and gentle tannins.


Le Secret (2-9 years)

2006 - Developed a really nice ripe blackberry and chocolate cake flavour. Drinking really well now with great structure and pleasant acidity but still has potential to improve for 2 years or so.
2007 - Aromas of grilled steak. Don't ask me how but that is where this wine is now. Better an hour after opening and very long and enjoyable. Getting into its stride.
2008 - I'm very excited about the quality of this wine as it is made with some barrels normally destined for the Tahi. The nose is a mixture of chocolate cake, tobacco and dark fruits. The palate is smoother than previous years which makes it more approachable when young.
2012 - Almost pure Syrah from a ripe vintage. The wine was aged in 20% new oak barrels to form a big structured wine that will last for at least a decade. At the moment it is a bit firm and closed so if you have to drink it, decant it.


Le Maudit (1-12 years)

2011 - The vintage was pure Carignan. It has a lightness of foot and more refreshing acidity than opur other red wines. Drinking well now but based on other Carignans that I've tasted frm the region, it is well worth hanging on to a few bottles for up to 10 years.
2012 - A different take on Carignan. I fermented it on the stems with some old-vine syrah and then aged it in large barrels for 2 years, adding white-wine lees to soften the tannins. The result is a beautiful wine with an amzing nose of dried herbs, woodland and berry fruits. The palate has great balance and structure and a potential to develop for a decade.


Motus (1-20 years)

2006 - Has developed more minerality in place of the powerful leather. Still has freshness so potential to improve further.
2007 - The impressiveness of the nose has become more subtle and the wine has developed more minerality but it still has some secrets in store for those with patience.
2008 - This vintage has more ripe berry fruit and spicy oak characters than other vintages.
2009 - The was the first Motus that I thought was good to drink young. It has a lovely nose and very good acid balance. It is aging very slowly.
2010 - Like the 2009, this drinks well young too. It has a lovely nose of toast and leathery fruit. Palate is rich but with fine acidity. But of course it can be laid down too.
2011 - Another vintage which is perfectly agreeable when young. Riper than previous years it displays noticeable chocolate on the nose and a beef stock, rather than leather, chracter on the palate.
2012 - Lighter than usual with more obvious fruit but not overly ripe. The wine has the hallmarks of Mourvedre but with more elegant tanins than previous vintages.
2013 - Wonderfully rich aromas of damsons, blackberries and some spicy leather. Very well balanced wine that needs to wait a little bit in bottle to show its best.


Tahi (1-20 years)

2006 - Needs a slight amount of aeration to get the wonderful layers of flavours. If drunk straight after opening, give it 5 minutes in the glass to see why I love this wine.
2007 - Hold your breath, this is a stunner but it takes time to come alive in the glass. Fabulous nose of campfires, roast coffee and spicy berries. Come back to the glass in 2-3 mintues and you will find the lovely berry fruit has appeared from nowhere.
2008 - Noticeable campfire oak on nose and very nicely balanced. Only 1600 bottles were made and it has attracted critical acclaim so will sell out fast. Impressive now but holds a few more tricks up its sleeve.
2009 - Still young and tightly packaged but within 30 minutes it starts to display its class. Similar in style to 2007 it has a great balance of the three varietal components and a beautful sheen from the barrel ageing.
2010 - Similar to the previous vintage but with more fruit on the nose and perhaps more elegant structure while following in the footsteps very well.


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