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60% southern Bassenon (1997-2007, granite soils), & 40% northern La Viallière (1987, schist soils), 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier, 95-100% destemmed, 20-25 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 50% 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks, 50% 1-4 year 400-litre oak casks (until early 2010s was 15-20% new casks) 15-18 months, fined, filtered, “drink with shoulder of lamb stew with olives, roasted hare, rib of beef, goose prepared in chestnuts, pheasant, woodcock, pigeon”, 4,800-8,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) matt-hued dark red colour; taint. 2nd sample: matt red robe; the bouquet shows sweet fruit, crushed red berries, is musky, lacks the pedigree of many this year. The palate rests on a succulence delivered with a little iodine late on, which helps its lift. It reflects the southern sector of Rôtie, has that mildness and supple features. There’s a tiny note of iron on the finish. 95% Syr, 5% Vio. From 2022. 2037-39 Nov 2019

2016

(casks) dark red robe. The nose is potentially stylish, offers a graceful air of small black fruits with floral wisps, a neat and rounded opening, subtle oaking. There is more to come. The palate runs with interesting black fruits and well in step tannins, has a commendable precision. This is a true northern wine with fine detail and good quality juice that ticks over well in the late stages. From spring 2019. 2028-29 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) full red robe. The nose has a sultry quality, comes with a musky, floral nature, a tender air of black berry fruit, is all very trim. The palate connects well to the nose, gives supple content with a squeezy richness and a soft set of tannins. There is a hint of reduction. The late juice becomes compressed, so this is going to take a turn on closing, I suspect. It’s authentic, southern sector wine with its perfume an asset. The finish is lovely and rounded. 13°. Has risen to 8,000 b. €19.90. GB £330 12 b i/b Clarion Wines info@clarionwines.co.uk www.clarionwines.co.uk +44(0)208 747 2069 From mid-2018. 2029-32 Oct 2016

2012 ()

(casks) dark robe; tight-knit bundle of black fruit, prune in the bouquet, a light drift of smoke and rosemary, vegetal touches. This has an elegant feel, the fruit a little lactic for the moment. It sticks to a rather narrow channel of delivery for now, ends in a compact shape. It has a core of neat gras, is sound wine that needs time to express more openly. From mid-2015. 2025-25  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) steady red colour. Has a stout bouquet – it is upright, compact, and has a stewed red berry aroma inside it. The palate has a prominent rose hip flavouring in its red fruit, close to geranium, plus vanilla. Gummy tannins appear – there is some crackle and tar from the tannins when they get involved with the oak on the finish, the exit clear, though. Has an open nature, is not complicated. From spring 2014. 13°. 2021-22  Nov 2012

2010

(casks) rather dark. The nose is open, expansive, sweetly scented, bears ripe red fruit, is fat and buxom, a touch obvious. There is juicy fatness on the palate, where the southern zone softness is on full display. This is very much a texture wine, its tannins being gourmand, ripe. It has a black stone fruit, prune, tar ensemble of flavour, with characteristic scenting on the edges. Early style Côte-Rôtie, no hidden corners. Can be drunk from 2013 for accessibility, a w.o.w. nature to it. It will be a bit more complex from 2015. Fat, textured, with sound, fragrant length. 2020-22. Release end Jan 2012. Nov 2011

2009

(casks) quite dark red; rubber airs with sweet red fruits on the first nose, scented fruit gum sweets, peony flowers, some VA. The palate is also scented right at the start, its red fruit is squeezy, has some grainy tannins in it, finishes on a little succulence. A forward, gushy wine. The scented note lingers on the finish. From 2012. Release spring 2011. 2018-19 Nov 2010

2006

full, matt hue in the red. The bouquet has a violet, rose-hip top air, while there is a steady layer of brewed red fruits such as raspberry underneath. The palate holds reductive, gummy Syrah fruit – the southern sector prevails at first, then the northern sector gives it grip and mineral on the end. There is a light filigree of pebbly tannin on the aftertaste. Has local character. There is a bit of late burn, some tautness. From mid-2009. To 2013. Dec 2008

2005

(casks) some black in the red. Supple, quite rich bouquet – red berries, mulberry, for instance, from grapes that have had long hang time. Ripe fruit style of wine – is gourmand and plush early on, then more mineral as the oak kicks in. Some end scent and tar. Narrows down towards the finish, and has a leather/licorice aftertaste. From 2009. Nov 2006

2002 ()

harvesting was done early, from mid-September. The wine seems light and struggles to show a core.

2001

raspberry jam nose, some truffle, soil; elegantly firm palate, well-wrought black fruit, bit upright but can progress, decent end tannin. From 2006-07. 2013-14.