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purchased crop, part destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, wild yeasts, early pumping overs, twice daily cap punching, aged 25% new, 75% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 15-18 months, unfined, unfiltered

2016

(casks) dark red, good depth in the robe. The nose is based on a mix of nutty oak, black cherries, black olives, has a little mystery in its depth. It’s an assured start. The palate sweeps along on a run of black fruits, acetate present, with smooth, flexible tannins steering the finish, which gushes a little. It needs time to integrate and fuse, goes in different directions for now. The potential is there for a well shaped Cornas. From spring 2020. 2029-31 Nov 2017

2014 ()

(casks) deep, dark robe. The bouquet has a sultry quality, a sweet noted, mulled black berry fruit depth, is pretty copious, gives hints of oak. The palate bears streamlined fruit with a seared, rather spirity angle. The fruit washes hither and thither, with some packed in tannin. Slightly full on, worked Cornas. From 2018. 2026-27  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) dark colour. Notably ripe and broad, sound of style bouquet, gives sweet pockets, a coulis-liqueur nature in its black fruit, minor grilling. The palate holds fluid fruit with well weighted content around it. It is overall pretty precise, isn’t a big hitter. The second half is peppery, not that wide, and it is tucked up as it ends. From 2017. 2024-26  Jan 2015

2012

(casks) dark, sleek, full robe. A mix of tar and oak hovers above an aroma of simmered black cherries, with licorice in behind that – the nose implies some power – this wine is not a patsy. The palate bears full and loose black fruit with a little roll of acidity around it. It ends on a more mineral, decisive note. This lengthens well, is full of purpose and running, the fruit holding until the finish. From 2016. 2025-26  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark, shiny robe, legs. The nose is sturdy, not defined yet. It is grounded, inky, has a smooth, modern style fruiting, with oaking in back. The palate gives a rich charge of black cherry fruit; it is quite a deep seated wine. Not especially Cornasien as it stands, is an effective wine that can become more local from 2017. Blackberry and cherry fruit peep out on the finish. From spring 2014. 2023-24 Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks) quite a full robe. Grilled front air, pork scratchings style air, oak and pine needles, vanilla pod – the bouquet is rather wide and not the usual mix for Cornas. The palate reflects the nose – has a pine needles flavour, with oily, juicy black fruit and a leave-behind of grainy, dark tannin. It grips at the end, shows some oak there, the oak a little on the outside – the toasting is marked for now. Correct Cornas. From 2014. 2025-27 Nov 2011

2009

full, dark red. The nose leans towards the aromatic and accessible – smoky, small berry qualities lie within, also mild floral airs here. The palate is close-knit, builds a sit goes, has definite, persistent heart and lip-smack late tannins. Interesting potential, grips firmly on the finish. Good fruit here. From say 2013. 2023-24 March 2011 Previously *** (casks) full robe. Reserved nose – wide, with definite mass in it, a chunky nature, dark fruits and tobacco present. Black fruit with a grainy inlay on the palate – this has a robust heart. It ends on a grounded note. I find it a bit stretched after half way, the cellar on top, so there is a taut effect in the final moments. From 2013 – time may ease it a bit, but it would have been better with more relaxed winemaking. 2021-23 Nov 2010

2008

dark, purple robe; black cherry aroma with supple airs, soft sweet notes, Morello cherry, oak hovers – this is a modern production. The direct black fruit on the palate has crisp sidelines, delivers freely, reaches a slightly oily cassis-blackberry finale, where it is juicy. Modern Cornas with just enough density for the oak, but there is tapering and lessening of its weight in the final moments. Will not be typical Cornas until at least six years' old. 2019-21 Dec 2009

2007 ()

dark robe; chocolate, coffee, tarry, oaked nose with some date, Christmas cake airs – it is rather bulky. The palate`s fruit is round, with some juiciness that helps it counteract the oaking. It has in a way been built around its oak, so terroir is a distant prospect. The length is OK. There are elements for the future, so leave it until late 2010, but the pity is that its juicy early fruit is so oak masked while it is young and bonny. The oak will mineralise it around 2014. To 2018 Dec 2008

2006

red robe with a little depth. The bouquet shows baked red fruits such as cherry, also nougat in the aroma, maybe some raisin. The palate is tight-knit affair, with oak along its sides. It isn't easy to get at its red fruit now. This needs more lift, more impetus. From mid-2010. To 2015. Dec 2008

2004 ()

dark, intense, baked plains bouquet - a lot of black fruit, oak, but the core beyond the oak is good. Big and full palate, its dark flavours are rich at their heart. Ripe tannins sit comfortably, a mix of harmony and punch here. Pretty classic, beefy Cornas with a modern twist from some oak - the oak comes out and dominates the longer the wine is open. Esp 2009 on. 2018-20 April 2006

2001 ()

mid-weight bouquet, harmonious. Fair matter, can handle the oak, integration OK, and finishes correctly. Esp 2006-07. To 2013-15

2000 ()

quite upright, some black fruit aroma; elegant, not esp deep wine. Cooked red ruits, light tannic fringe. Clean, earlier drinking. 2009-11