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100% Syrah (early 1950s) from 0.4 ha on mica-schist soils on Côte Rozier, northern zone, 85% destemmed, 4-5 day pre-fermentation cooling at 6-7°C, 3-4 week vinification in closed steel vats, only pumping overs Until early 2010s cap punching also), ends at 32-33°C, aged 25% new 400-litre oak casks, 75% 1-5 year old 228-litre oak casks 22-23 months, unfined, lightly filtered, first made 2006, “always closes for a year after bottling”, 2,000-2,400 b


(cask) dark red colour. Has a well established nose – airs of menthol, tea leaves, lead pencil, and a brief core of red stone fruit. This has a well encased palate, the fruit clear, the tannin nicely bracing – this will meld well. It finishes with a cooked fruits note, and can go well in an honest fashion. It is traditional more than polished, has a chewy, schist-mineral finish – hillside rocks in the glass. 2,150 b this year. From 2018. 2028-29  Apr 2015

2013 ()

(cask, bottling Nov 2015) nicely full dark red. The nose offers a broad running, quite deep, thick aroma, a coating of cooked red fruits. The palate isn’t all as one between its content, fruit and tannin. The content has a rather dense quality, the tannins take over assertively and have a slight rasp about them at this stage. A violet note on the exit helps the wine. This is quite a big, country wine with the right intention, has good heart, and sustains that. The finish brings in a touch of black pepper. From 2018. 2027-28  Apr 2015

2012 ()

dark red robe. The nose is quite profound, has a rounded top, expresses rather entrails and meatiness within. Cocoa, mocha and red fruit liqueur lie inside it. The palate has a coated style, a traditional approach taken with this, with assertive tannins towards the end, a pick-up on rockiness and density together. It is stretched on the finish, the fruit squeezed out. Not a real contender for top honours. When I see my first note, I am certainly disappointed – these wines have lost some of their earlier elegance. From spring 2017. Bottled Nov 2014. 2024-25  Apr 2015 Previously Nov 2013 ***** (cask) dark robe. Reserved potential on the bouquet – oily, deep inlay of black cherry fruit – “potential” is the word. The nose has good, fresh notes, bears a low-key violet. Very elegant, well-balanced, has a raw, peppery promise. The palate has a restrained manliness, a thorough display. It bears black fruits, close-knit tannins, has a solid, filled ending. Feet on the ground wine, with poise at the same time. It’s all together, well made, comes with good length and balance. Ace fruit here – it rocks on well. Can reach 5 stars, is very good. From 2016. 13°. 2028-29 Nov 2013


(4 year 400-litre oak cask, bottling Sept 2013) dark robe; really good, springy aroma, goes zap and has a dark and grainy intensity. For now blackberry and licorice are in the front rank. The palate carries the cut of the northern, schist zone and clear tannin and fruit entwined. It gives mineral touches with a core richness, is stylish. There is abundant charm in the fruit, which is very expressive and tasty. I can see this wine delighting people, given its bubbly, fun fruit. There is a typical C Rôtie floral drift on the aftertaste. 2029-30 May 2012


(2 year 400-litre oak cask, bottling Sept 2012) dark robe; has a concentrated aroma that is deeper than 2011, reflects its cask raising with smoke and grilled airs, shows smoke, black cherry, is a bit closed. This has a tight pack palate with lots in it – there is a lot of wine here, is a sturdy do but finishes on good liberty of expression – there is a stylish finish, a signature of 2010. It is well sustained to the end. North European palates will love this, which ends very clearly. The road to quality here comes from a very different angle to that of the Coteaux de Bassenon. From around 2017. 2033-34. “I racked this 10 days ago – it was showing its lees before, and is less reductive,” F Bernard. May 2012

2009 ()

very deep robe; the nose is rich, and shows the vintage more than its Rozier vineyard for now – it is ripe, carries cassis, a suggestion of meat, an earthy depth: it will be very broad and glass filling around 2017 onwards. The palate has a generous, rich start withy only on the finish more cut and decisive minerality which I associate with C Rozier. There are ripe tannins at its centre, with just a little dust or grain in them. From 2016. 13°. 2029-30 May 2012 Previously March 2011 ***** (casks) shade darker, more black than Bassenon 2009; good bouquet – off we go – smoulders in the glass, has black cherry, prune scenting, cool sex appeal, is reserved overall. Intense, gamey, blackberry and earthy notes on the palate, with the emergence of stimulating tannin at the end, a scented late calling card. Complex, stimulating wine of good length and thorough flavour. The aftertaste is smoky. From late 2013. 2026-28 March 2011

2008 No Rating


2007 ()

(casks) dark red, plum colour; the aroma is knit together, has the reserve of the northern zone, but also is confident, secure: there is a touch of graphite on the outside. The palate holds good, clear red plum fruit with a typical zing from this schist site. Has interesting structure – the fruit is fine grained, as is typical of 2007, the tannins alert but slightly rounded even now. Patience will reward. From 2012-13. 2019-20 March 2009