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2001 Syrah from decomposed granite soils on Le Cornilhac at Tournon, planting density 8,000 vines per hectare, hand harvested, destemmed, 22-28 day vinification, twice daily pumping overs, manual cap punching, aged 60% 4-5 year 600-litre oak casks, 40% new-2 year 228-litre oak casks 10-11 months, malo done in oak, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2004, "drink with duck breast (magret de canard) cooked in red fruits", 5,500-6,000 b

2018 ()

sober dark red, black-tinted colour; the bouquet is ripe to the extent of offering black raisin, prune aromas. There is sun fuelled into it, hence weight, and some sweetness. The palate is rather dilute, built around extracted matter, with firm tannins in pursuit. It’s grounded St Jo, for stews and casseroles. I find the tannins rather rigorous, unrefined, and since it’s already bottled, that leaves a question mark. The aftertaste is chewy, dry. 14.5°. €25. From mid-2020. 2027-28 Nov 2019

2017

dark robe, black with a purple rim. The bouquet is sweetly endowed with stewed black stone fruits, carries reduction, needs air. It’s a solid, rather static start. The palate bears fleshy content, is spiced, fat, takes on smoky tannins with a charcoal thread Decant it. towards the finish. It needs another nine months to settle. It’s a tiny bit mainstream, a shade dull, and I’d like more rocky cut in it. It will go well with lamb dishes. It is bottled already. 14°. 2028-29 Dec 2018

2016

(casks) sober dark red colour. The bouquet is meaty, grilled, with a subdued red fruit presence. The palate is tight-knit, a little rustic and rugged for now, the tannins knuckled, demanding. The content is compressed, the juice released only partially. Best to wait until mid-2019 for what is an elemental wine for the time being. 13.5°. 2024-25 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) shiny dark robe. The nose gives a compact air of beef stock, prune fruit, is ripe and deep. The palate bears black fruits such as blueberry with cut in the tannins, so the finish is clear and springy. It builds well as it goes, and broadens well near the close. This is rather stately, impressive. 14°. 6,000 b. From 2019. 2028-29 Oct 2016

2014

(casks) dark red robe. The nose gives a sweet central air of cassis with wood smoke, pine in attendance. The attack is tasty, and its suave black fruit, laced with oak, propels itself well. The oak overrides the finish for now. The finish is clear, long, has lift. This will have good style once the oak has absorbed. 13°. From mid-late 2017. 6,000 b. 2022-24  Oct 2015 

2013

shiny, dark robe. The nose is modern, clear, offers slightly spiced black berry fruits, blueberry, will run on over time. The palate has a decisive nature, is brisk and direct. Its black fruit is clean. It takes on some live tannins in a clear finish. Its acidity stands out rather too much in the closing stages. 13°. Bottled 22 October 2014. 6,000 b. From spring 2016. 2020-21  Jan 2015

2012 ()

dark robe, black tints. The bouquet is engaging, leads on a crunchy black berry, sizzled bacon, licorice, wee floral airs, has southern zone Crozes typicity and life. The palate delivers a busy, dark berry-tar combination; the tannin and oak make it rather burnt towards the finish for now. It attacks on intense black cherry and berry fruit. Plenty of vigour here. From mid-2014 in order to rein in the finish. Decant it also. 13°. 6,000 b. 2018-19  Nov 2013

2011 ()

dark red-black colour. Stewed black fruits air, which lacks lift, has a fruit gum, bonbon sweets style. The palate is plain, uninspired. The fruit drifts, and the tannins are rather raw. It ends tightly, a bit burnt. The mid-palate is hollow. 13.5°. To 2016.  Nov 2012

2010

(casks, pre-bottling) black, purple tinted robe. Agreeable, inviting bouquet that shows a pretty softness of fruit, and has a light drop of mineral present. The palate delivers all in order black berry fruit, just a note of nutty dryness towards the finish. Has a fine grain, juiced finish which halts just a wee bit. Correct, good to drink young wine. To 2015. Nov 2011

2007 ()

quite a dark robe; blackberry fruit with a gummy nature on the nose – which is compact, and while there is decent depth, it is not very lifted, is a bit flat. The palate, likewise, is compact, is fairly deep. Its black fruits are on a jam trail, but it ends quite clearly. 13°. 2011-12 March 2009

2006 ()

some purple in a dark red robe; has a gummy, red fruits nose with a few herbs in it. The palate holds black fruit, gains grip as it goes, and has a brisk late nature. The fruit is a mix of brewing and stewing, comes in a modern style. This could have more cut. 2010-11 Dec 2007

2005 ()

black berry/loganberry in a mulled bouquet. Soft, macerated start to palate, which is plentiful. Runs on a ripe fruit trail, and has a raspberry finish. Length is correct, has some late energy in its tannins. Interesting. From 2008. 2014-15 Nov 2006