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92-100% Syrah (1930s, 1940s, 1950s), 0-8% Viognier from 0.62 ha on Coteaux de Semons aka Bassenon, 80-100% destemmed, 4-5 day pre-fermentation cooling at 6-7°C, 3-4 week vinification in closed steel vats, cap punchings, then pumping overs, ends at 32-33°C, aged 15% new, 85% 1-5 year 400-litre oak casks 18-20 months (until early 2000s 50% 228-litre casks used), unfined, lightly filtered, first made 2006, “always the most pleasant and open of our 3 Côte-Rôties, drink it on its fruit and finesse within 5 years”, 2,500-4,000 b

2014

quite a dark red; the nose has a red berry coulis aroma, liqueur styling that evokes soaked red cherries (griottes), a comfortable roundness, no real extras for now. The palate also has a coulis/liqueur fruiting with crunched up, rather dry tannins towards the finish. There are oily notes in the texture from the Viognier, which is 8% this year, instead of its usual 5-6%. This is still a trifle raw, and it has a gritty feel across the late palate. “The objective is to drink this on its fruit and finesse, in the first five years,” Frédéric Bernard. 4,000 b. From 2017. 2022-23  Apr 2015

2013 ()

(cask, bottling due Sept 2015) purple, dark red robe. The nose has a black fruit top air, notes of wild berries, with a red meat intensity and a hint of flowers, along with licorice and crushed rocks. This is a pretty mixed affair. The palate starts directly, bears pretty shapely fruit with an onset rush of tannin that is chalky. The nose beats the palate here, and I worry about a curly finish and very gum drying tannins. Not sure about this. Is one of the 2013s that isn’t full ripe, I suspect. 20% whole bunch for more heart, 8% Viognier this year. From 2018. 2023-24  Apr 2015

2012 ()

quite a dark red robe. The nose is just starting to show, has a violet/floral inner sanctum, the sweetness of flowers, with red stone fruits, a click of cordite. The palate holds a thread of fresh, grainy texture that acts as a spine through the cooked red fruits of the palate. This is sinewed, on the go wine with body enough to accompany lamb, white meats, but not game. There is respectable thickness in it. It is a wee bit dry late on, but that will be OK with food. 13°. Bottled June 2014. 6% Viognier; crop all destemmed. 2023-24  Apr 2015 Previously Nov 2013 ***(*) (4-year 400-litre oak cask) dark colour. Chocolate-licorice front air, a macerated black cherry air, barbecue and hickory smoke, sizzled bacon. The palate gives supple, instant black fruit, somewhat brewed in nature, the burners full on. It pushes along on a savoury impulse, ends with gras, ticks over soundly. A traditional style of implicit punch, less polished than many, is authentic Côte-Rôtie. It tones down on the finish for now. From late 2015. 13°. 2025-26  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(4-year 400-litre oak cask) there are some dark tints in the red robe; there is a mix of black cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose – this is a chunky number, offers some sweet pleasure with a smoky backdrop, more depth in behind. The palate is fleshy, juicy, comes with am infill of tannin along its sides, a careful squeeze from them. Forward, open wine that has a richness on the second half that veers towards jam, but also juice, some freedom in it. Accessible wine, not seemingly complex. From 2015. 2026-27. About €19 export price. May 2012

2010

(bottling in 2 weeks) very dark, thorough robe. The bouquet is high grade – dense, but also clear-cut, comes with an oak-smoke air thanks to its oak raising. The palate has steel in its frame, has a tight cladding of tannin with a peek out of juice in its final stages. This has good quality sève or stylish gras, lovely quality fruit – smooth and tasty. There is some southern climes push or weight at the end – it is 13.5°. A lot of quality, a very interesting, formidable wine. Allow the oak to infuse – drink from 2015, say. 2029-31 May 2012

2009

dark, shiny and promising robe; the nose has a smoky smoulder of intensity, with licorice and black cherry fruit present, also coffee beans – it has hardly shifted yet. The palate fruit quality is sleek, accomplished, suave – there is a pretty Bassenon texture that turns up in the 2009, 2010 and 2011. Wholesome, typical STGT wine that is authentic and consistent throughout. The finish is particularly tasty. Lovely tannins lie right inside it, while there is hint of oak at the end – that will absorb. 13°. From 2015. 2027-29 May 2012 Previously March 2011 **** (bottling next month) full, dark robe; interesting, sustained nose – offers good black fruit with an elegant air, shows a little tar and wood smoke. Tarry, charcoal debut to the palate, with black fruits circulating on the late stages, oak moments for now. Finishes clearly. Has respectable gras, which shows well on the second half, which has juicy moments. From mid-2012. 2019-21 March 2011

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2007

(casks) red, low key violet hue. Has a typical southern zone nose - there is a murmur of florality in it, a gracious under air. The palate gives a measured delivery of black stone fruits, and runs nice and steadily, all as one, with sound late tannic grip. The aftertaste is smoky, tangy, and this is a wine of subtle qualities. Start drinking from late 2010 if you must, but this can sing a specially sweet tune say from 2012. 2018-19 March 2009