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100% Syrah (av age 30 years), half northern sector (Les Grandes Places), half southern sector (Le Combard, Lancement), so mixes schist & gneiss soils, 75-85% destemmed, cool pre-fermentation, 2-3 week vinification (down from 3-4 weeks since early 2010s), pumping overs, twice daily cap punchings, aged 25% new (until 2006-07 was 80%), 75% 1-6 year 228-litre oak casks 16-18 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with red meat, duck breast”, 6-12,000 b

2016

(casks) dark robe. The bouquet is well weighted with cassis and blueberry fruit inside a cloak of oak; it persists steadily. The palate sets off well via a wave of attractive black fruits that carry fine juice, and tannins that have clear spark. It ends freshly. It is balanced wine that will evolve with good style. From mid-2019. 2030-31 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) dark red. The nose gives a lead aroma of crushed loganberries, mulberries, with a note of central sweetness. It’s a clear opening. The palate swings along with some tasty red berry fruit and tannins that give a gummy texture towards the close. It’s quite a downhome style of Côte-Rôtie, with the second half not as refined as the front runners. The aftertaste is a little dry. 9,000 b. €22.80. From mid-2018. 2026-28 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) dark colour. The nose is sultry, brooding, has potential and width; mulled black berries come with a “high” note. The palate delivers mulled red fruit, has a bonny abundance about it, lengthens with a sure hand. This will be enjoyable and authentic. 12.5°. 9,000 b. €22.80. From 2018. 2026-27  Oct 2015 

 

2013 ()

(casks) shiny dark red. Has a raspberry front aroma, with a violet essence present, shows the “crackle” of this fresh vintage. The nose is clear, as is the palate, which gives attractive red berry fruit with some tang, and a floral ease as it finishes. Agreeable, low-key gras here. It is well ordered, in the vein of the vintage, has good, naked qualities, no make-up worn, can gently gain weight. There is a wee glow on the aftertaste. 12.5°. Only 6,000 b. €22.80 export. From mid-2016. 2025-26  Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks) dark robe. Well-filled black fruit-oak nose, has a crunch of depth, the fruit pretty sleek, efficient. This has a restrained, careful debut with a gain in intensity, ending still running. Its oak is gradually absorbing. Solid structure, no nonsense. Modern feel wine, plenty of oak. From 2016. 2025-27  Nov 2013

2011

(casks) dark red. The nose doesn’t reveal a lot – it is wide, sustained but precise notes are hard to come by. At the moment it represents a compact block of red berry fruit. The palate has good heart, good filling: it weighs in well, has a core of cooked red fruit. The second half has a tea, toffee, hot stones nature, ending on a tight, fresh combination, with the red fruit reviving, accompanied by a cigarette smoke touch. From late 2014. Good wine. 2023-25  Nov 2012

2010

(casks) dark red; very smoky, leather, near varnish influence on the nose, a smoky black chocolate – this is a very young, still on the raising start, has good, clean lines. The palate reveals a tidy, good northern zone ping, and stylish, clear-cut black fruit. It travels straight along, but all the elements are in equilibrium. No-nonsense style, clack. It is a tiny bit stiff for now. Good promise, balance. There is really good precision in its fruit. From 2015. 2025-27. Release spring 2012. Nov 2011

2009

(casks) mid+ depth of red. Backward red fruits nose – has few grilled airs, is not really expressive, could be brighter. Some scenting and the soil of a damp forest present. Spicy, red jam flavour on the palate – a traditional style Côte-Rôtie with baked elements in the flavour. Does not have a big, broad horizon ahead. Grassroots style wine, length OK. From spring 2012. 2018-19 Nov 2010

2008

(casks) fair depth of red; biscuity, raisin-like aroma, with vanilla pod present, grilled nuts. The palate shows a line of green oak, a little scent in the red fruit, a cherry flavour as it nears the finish. Mild late gras here, helped by the oak caramel. A composite styel wine, got up in difficult circumstances; its fruit is on the limp side. Date and toffee aftertaste. From early 2011. To 2018. Dec 2009

2007 ()

(casks) full, dark red; fundamental overlay to the nose as it airs – honey, black raisin, toffee aromas, ripe red plum at first. The palate has an incisive start, with acidity lending a raw, acetate edge. Some obscure black cherry fruit emerges late on, and it ends on a little gras. It is very unfurnished for now – patience is needed. From late 2010. 2018-20 Dec 2008

2006

(casks) red plum colour; red berries, raspberry aroma, with a sweet, jam air to it. A debut of red jam with a sweet siding on the palate, it proceeds steadily, without fireworks. Is sweet throughout, has a little closing up from some mild tannins. Correct length. A safely done wine: no offence, mate. Touch of late pepper, is drinking OK now, though not yet bottled. 2014-16 Nov 2007

2005 ()

(casks) dark, full robe; raisin, rich prune aroma with some chocolate from the oak, shows a hearty, ripe gourmandise. Rich, a little sweet start to the palate that holds plenty of gras from its ripe crop. Extends fine down the palate – this is a rich vintage. The oak restricts the flow for now – is a thick wine in style. Esp 2009 on. 2017-19 Nov 2006

2004

bouquet combines black fruits, some leather, oak, is oily and more to come here. Tasty fruit on attack, red berries, easy to dash down a glass of this. Polite end tannins, a little licorice from them. Oak surfaces on finish. Very drinkable, well made, though fruit is a little extracted. 2013-15 April 2006

2003

(cask) decent schist-style bouquet; has cool flint in the violet/black fruit. Black fruit, peppery tang on palate, is rich, has a southern, warm finish. Soaked berries, tannins evident. Modern wine, is sound, has potential. From 2007. 2017-19

2001

hidden nose, firm tones; some black fruit, oak makes the wine firm for a Côte-Rôtie. Overtly dry, touch stern ending.

2000 ()

roasted fruit, lost its floral side, light pepper nose; now upright, tightening, quite warm red berry finish. Firm, schist style wine. Cool texture, can broaden. From 2006-07. To 2011-12

1999

robe still full. Mulberry, jammy, earthy bouquet - good and deep. Although quite international (oak all through it), has moved to a more interesting second stage - dried fruit, prune presence with some pretty violet. Has regained some local imprint, is still a fresh wine. 2014-17 March 2005