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Syrah (1996-2002) from hillside schist soils at Seyssuel, north of Vienne, destemmed, 3 week vinification in steel and open oak vats, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 50% new, 50% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks 18 months, fined, unfiltered, 20,000 b


dark centre to the red robe. Has a smoky, granular air, very schist in style, is snappy. Shows smoky bacon, licorice, is free in nature. The palate is close-knit and smoky, filled with intense blackberry, bears oak within. Still very much being raised, is not at all finished. It muscles up on the finish, darkens there. From spring 2014 or later – no hurry. Promising. 2027-28 Feb 2012

2009 ()

full red; the nose is also full, combines smoke, light oak, oiliness and a secure plum fruit influence. Smoky, direct red fruits start to the palate, followed by pepper moments. This has muscle, and firm sides, with sleek tannins that are well-embedded. A cherry aftertaste also brings out an oily side. Its oak hums within for now: it was bottled just last week. From 2013. 2022-24 March 2011


even red robe. Bright, near luscious red berry air that is smoky, almost metal filings time. Mulled red fruits debut to the palate, which has decent length, spreads at the end. On the go now. It has tight, pebbly tannin on the finish. 2018-20 March 2011

2006 ()

pale, mid-depth red; this has floral, raspberry fruit airs, a gentle aroma of red jam that comes with licorice traces. The palate bears pretty red fruit, has a good, clear heart, and runs on steadily, surrounded by oak that is not intrusive. The length is sound. This is nearly ready to drink. It ends on oak and a dry texture for now, so try from late 2009. Esp good around 2011-2014, can live to 2018-19. Bottled July 2008. Is it worth €32? Dec 2008