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1970s-1992 Syrah from alluvial soils on Les Saviaux at La Roche-de-Glun & at Mercurol, destemmed, cool maceration pre-fermentation 3 days at 8-10°C, 20-25 day vinification, twice daily pumping overs, cap punching after specific gravity 1020, aged 98% 1-8 year 228-litre oak casks, 2% large barrel 10-12 months, malo in oak, unfined, filtered, heavy bottle used, organic, biodynamic wine, 6,000-25,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) dark red robe. The nose holds an aroma of stewed black fruits, prune, chocolate, sweet oak, is a little sudden. The palate attacks with drive, gives mixed berry fruits with live tannins, rocky late moments. The length is secure, with some chewy notes to finish it, enough juice there for that to be no problem. From 2022 – it needs time to settle and integrate. 2031-33 Nov 2019

2017

dark red colour, with black tints. The nose is ample, spiced, grilled, carries vintage density in its firm couch of black fruit jam. It’s unyielding as yet. The palate is similar – it holds a solid ball of black fruit, stone fruit, is broad and sustained, the tannins ripe and layered. This is a thorough, sturdy, slow moving Crozes – a galleon under sail rather than the speedboats of zappy young fruit that can be on offer here. Decanting is needed, and leave it until 2020. It gives a full glass of wine. It is bottled already. 13°. 25,000 b. €14.50. 2026-28 Dec 2018 Previously Nov 2017 ***(*) dark red robe. Grilled, sumptuous, damson plum fruit, raspberry liqueur airs mingle on a nose that holds well. The palate is soft and easy, its plumpness appealing, good fat, is joli and round. There’s a touch of spice cut in the tannins on the finish, the exit pebbly. Fruit comes on a good stream here until the close; it’s pretty well defined overall. “It was bottled early at the end of October, because we had no wine to sell. It’s a bit granular on the end, will be sorted out by spring 2019,” Sébastien Girard. 13°. 25,000 b. €14.50. 2025-27 Nov 2018

2016

full, dark red. The bouquet has an inkiness in with its black berry fruiting, some cold tea, mineral dampness. The palate rolls out a steady wave of good quality black fruits that have a savoury and wholesome make-up. This has style and good content, and goes nicely long and fresh. Good with lamb dishes. 13°. 15,320 b. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2015 ()

dark red; has a blackberry fruit, lozenge style aroma, an oily ripeness, cooked plums. The palate gives dark, smoky black fruit, loganberry with munchy, thick tannins behind. There is some oaking. It’s a nice fat wine, with a sense of the south, continues securely. There are oak touches on the close. 13.5°. Bottled Jan 2017. 2027-29 Nov 2018

2014 ()

(casks) dark red robe. The bouquet gives an aroma of plump red berry fruit, a cooked plum and raspberry duo. The palate gushes along with squeezy red fruit pastilles as the central flavour. The tannins are flexible, and wrap it into it fine. It is a little bit pumped up and on the succulent side. 13°. 6,000 b. €6.75 export. From mid-2016. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) sober dark plum colour; has a bright, lifted blackberry and floral aroma, joli drifts of violet. The palate sweeps along well, bears juiced black berry fruit with tannins that are mild at first, then take on a more powdered existence. This gives nicely exuberant, clear drinking, has good length, and is enjoyable Crozes red for some fun and friends. 13°. €6.54 ex cellars. Only 8,600 bottles. 2019-20  Jan 2015

2011

(casks) fair dark red. Has a fat nose, shows “fleshy” blackberry fruit with rose hip and pot-pourri airs that provide supple overtures. There are also notes of reduction. The palate starts on supple, mulled fruit notes, with the application of some fine dust tannins after half way, leading to a more granular texture. There are quite floral notes towards the finish, a snap of licorice. It has a supple, lingering floral sign-off. A wine of subtle qualities. From late 2013. To 2018  Nov 2012

2010

dark red; curvy bouquet offering floral, violet airs, pockets of Asian spice, a soft drift of licorice, an appealing sweetness and near delicacy in its black fruit: a very harmonious nose. Excellent style in the palate fruit, all lissom and well-tuned. Very good flow all through, high on drinkability, tannins are really well in step, w.o.w. wine. Now to 2017.  May 2012

2009 ()

slight matt tone to the red. Has a curved nose – sweet notes of red jam, sage and rosemary herbs, chicken stock, a little lead pencil – an aromatic start. The palate is rounded, fleshy, has a steady core, always presents its strawberry jam flavour without hesitation. It ends on integrated tannins – it is round there, a bit gummy in texture. There is sun, rather than focus or precision, on the palate. The length is good, reflects a touch of mineral as it signs off. To 2018. Nov 2010

2007

bright, dark red robe; Pez sweets, floral or iris nose that is a little too sweet and thus droopy. The palate gives soft fruit – this is a gourmand style Crozes, has a scented aftertaste. Oily violets in the taste, gummy black fruits – I want to be refreshed - more cut would benefit it. 2011-12 March 2009

2006 ()

quite a dark robe; smoky oak top air to the bouquet, with raisin and chocolate crackle as well. The palate fruit is firm, with oak driving in behind. The length is fair. The oak sticks out too much at the end, making this hard going to drink freely. Tapers late on. Issues of its raising and oaking here. To 2011. March 2009 Previously Nov 2006 *** (pre-bottle) black-tinted, full robe; has a nutty, live nose with nice width and an open expression. The palate rolls with soft fruit, a wine of pleasure in the making. Broad and generally supple wine with good fruit and sound length. 13°. 2011-12 Nov 2006