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Syrah (1950s) on Côte Rozier, 0-50% destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs more than cap punchings, aged 50% new, 50% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 12 months (before mid-2010s was aged 75-80% new, 20-25% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 12 months), “the new oak helps Côte Rozier to be less austere”, S.O.), then 4-5-year 228-litre oak casks 18 months, final selection of best casks, unfiltered, first wine 1997, new oak down from 100% to 50% in early 2010s, 1,000-2,100 b

2016

(cask) shiny, dark red. The nose is reserved, has potential, shows wee meatiness, a compact aroma of red fruits, jam-like, with some blackberry. The palate is discreet, fresh, has a stylish debut, a silken tread, with very good purity and elegance, fine tannins, powder grain from them. This is up to another level alongside La Viallière, for example: it is super beau, has a supreme Côte-Rôtie style. The length is very stylish, the fruit admirably pure. From 2024. 2042-44 Nov 2017

2015

(1 year 228-litre oak cask, whole bunch) very dark robe. The nose runs in relay on dark fruits, one wave after the next. It is plentiful, has an unusually clear gummy density, as if that’s not a contradiction. The palate wells up and booms out with a maximum display of red berry. It lengthens with bright, crunched tannins. The rockface speaks on the finish. This holds classy fruit and content, is very expressive. Way to go! Very good balance. 2045-48 Apr 2016 

2013 ()

(4 year 228-litre cask) dark robe. The nose gives an aroma with a shiny roundness of blackberry, is smoothly aromatic. There is a little oak undertone: it resembles fluid black wine gums! Red meat and iron also feature – it is a redoubtable start. The palate issues stylish black berries with a deft increase in depth as it goes. Oak is still very present on the exit, but it has the body to handle that. Its juice is refined – it’s a pleasure to encounter it. Has a mineral, local close. This is classy. From 2020. 2036-38  Apr 2016

2012 ()

½ bottle: healthy red robe. Smoky fissure, graphite declaration accompany nuggety black fruits on the nose, which has smoke within. It’s quite a hunk of granite, and still has ways to go to fuse. The palate picks up the baton, is closely assembled together, is on its iron today. It is working its passage now. It needs prising open from its rocky grip. Very mineral munchability here. It is an intellectual, STGT wine. 12.57°. 50% destemmed. From 2020. 2035-37  Apr 2016 Previously Nov 2013 ****(*) (new oak cask) bright red, a belle robe. Oak smoke lies on top of the nose, with a gentle layer of suave, polished berry fruit under that. This suggests a curvy and striking bouquet in time, one with definite weight. The palate needs to shake off the oak which for now clusters around it; its black fruit is fluid, the finesse of the fruit impressive. Its length is subtle. This will always be clear-cut and pure as it evolves. It continues well though the palate, and will gain in weight and strength as it ages. From 2018-19. 2031-33 Nov 2013

2011 ()

(1 year oak, 50% destemmed) dark red; the bouquet is on reduction, shows black fruit, is rather dense and jam-like, but not sweet, and there are welcome floral drifts. The palate has shoulders, and an upright structure which can yield over time; its fruit will develop well. A three-quarter weight wine that is acceptable, needs time to flesh out. Burgundian shape to this – more northern than southern. 2026-28  Dec 2011

2010

(3 year cask, to be bottled late 2012) rich, oily dark red. The nose offers a lot of rich red fruit, a sustained dark red berry, a sense of mulled fruit here. It bears a healthy ripeness, and some of the snap of stones and schist from the northern zone. The palate holds a full canopy of Syrah red fruit, its tannins sealed inside, leading to a gummy, ripe finale. Its loose richness is young and handsome. The length is good; there is a drift of oak on the aftertaste. From 2015-16. 2034-36 Dec 2011

2009 ()

(cask) very full, shiny robe. Ink spots, pulp aroma, red cherry – abundant fruit here. The palate is tight-knit, has a solid interior and firm final moments. It is largely integrated already, but not especially mysterious. No doubt will move into tighter zones around 2012. Good length. No hurry – from 2014 or so to enjoy more variety, complexity, and is rated on that basis. 50% destemmed this year. 2027-29 July 2010

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED, CROP IN THE CLASSIC DOMAINE WINE

2007

good, full and inviting robe; oily, southern nose that is compact and beefy, en route towards Hermitage, also bears toasted and grilled airs. This is a bounding, big wine – it is really good – has a deep inlay of black fruit and live tannins. It lengthens well, has life at the end. A complete, high quality wine that catches the imagination, and is also faithful to its terroir Côte Rozier. From 2014. 2027-29 July 2010 Previously Dec 2008 ****(*) (cask) bright, full red robe; good, broad nose – it shows tight, promising red fruits that is both ripe and crisp. The palate has a steady grip – the red fruit mingles with a clear, mineral inlay. It ends firmly and smokily. Definite promise here. This has a good foundation, the fruit is full. From 2012-13. 2029-30. “It needs time,” S.Ogier. 1,100 b this year. Dec 2008

2006 ()

(half bottle) full, quite dark red; black fruit or prune aroma, with a light salty tang – it reflects blackberry jam without any excess sweetness; in the background for now are honey, nuts also. The palate has a compact start, comes with a smooth texture – this is a wine of definite, muscled body, but one that presents itself with a well-mannered outer casing. There is some of the grip and the graphite layering in it from three-quarters of the way – it builds and generates energy and width as it goes.It ends on a good, agreeably firm note, a complete sign-off. Not yet – this needs time to meld. From 2013. Bottled May 2008. 2025-27 Dec 2008 Previously June 2007 ***** (cask) good, quite full robe; classy bouquet, with refined fruit and a good heart to it – shows Pinot signs and mulberry, red fruits. Tight palate, with marked mineral late on, there is inner “steel” here. A sound, firm wine, has very well-established content and grain. Not overtly robust, and is good and clear as a whistle at the finish. From 2012. 2024-26. 1,800 b this year June 2007

2005

full robe; has a deep aroma – polished leather, nutty, traces of violet and tobacco – it is very closed, has a solid couch of black fruit, cooked black cherries. The palate is very primary – a big, but not over-imposing, very young wine that is not yet nuanced. It has a big heart, a robust centre. It isn`t showing its full terroir yet, similar to the Lancement 2005, so wait until around 2014. It is sturdy and complete all the way through, so strictly no late night cellar raiding on this for a good long time. Mineral, graphite connotation on the aftertaste. 2036-38 Dec 2008 Previously June 2007 ****** (cask) dense and bright robe; chocolate, charcoal, brewed fruits and tar – wide and plenty of potential. The palate holds together very well; has black fruit with crisp edging, is good and direct. Contains deep-seated richness that needs time to surface and show beyond the oak and the tannins. Really big, goes zap left and right late on in the mouth. Grand Vin. From 2013. 2033-35 June 2007 “I like that at the same time it is very powerful but the tannins are fine, not aggressive. It has more minerality than the ripe 1999, which was formed more around extreme crop ripeness.,” S.Ogier. 1,100 b this year

2004

(cask) very dark robe. Bouquet is hidden - very tight, black fruit/oak, impenetrable. Palate shows more obvious promise, holds a good seam of black fruit within, along with the rigour of the northern zone. Kicks off with an international, black cherry fruit flavour, not local. Collector, clean finger nail wine. Fruit at its core is pleasing, there is a masculine sinew and tar present, aftertaste is oaked. Esp 2009 on. 2019-21 April 2006

2003

well-founded bouquet, smoky, peppery and persistent. Black fruit-chocolate mix, with violets, is sinewed. Pushes along to a mineral, dry, oak-influenced finish. Upright, a Bordelais of bearing. Will blossom, from 2009. 2019-22

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED - in the classic cuvée

2001

(cask) profound, tight-knit, smoky blackberry nose; crunchy black fruit, pepper/licorice end. Substantial, but harmonious. Tannins run around at end. From 2010. 2022-25

2000

quite overt, toasted nose, oak on top of fruit/spice at moment. Chewy palate. Oak rules from half way. Hope there's enough matter to allow a blend. From 2009+. 2020-21

1999

lots of varied aromas - olive, anchovy, blackberry. Air brings more mineral. Lot of deep black fruit; oily, pine essence, suave texture. Great packing. Heated end, atypical. From 2007-08. 2021-23

1998

red fruits/pepper, compact nose; quite heated wine, touch of dryness. Sound, dense matter, oak flourishes at end, some burnt fruit there. Needs time - from 2005-06. 2018-20

1997 ()

soft, nuanced blackberry aroma, oak discreet; supple wine, cassis fruits with some chew on finish. Stylish. 2011-13