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Syrah from Les Eygas (late-1980s-late 1990s), some low slopes Chaillot (1970s), Saint-Pierre (late 1980s-early 2000s), destemmed, 3 week vinification at up to 29°C, pumping overs only, aged 2-3-10 year 225-litre oak casks (big cut from 75% new oak until mid-2000s) 18 months (raising reduced by 3 months from 2014), less racking in late 2000s than before, fined, unfiltered, 20,000 b

2018

(casks, bottling May 2020) dark red, black tints to the robe. Soaked fruits that are open and expressive line a charged bouquet, soaked black cherries, licorice in abundance. The palate serves a cascade of black fruits, is racy in style, the fruit purity good. This has foundation behind the fruit, is sleek overall. The fruit will please, no doubt, mingles with slightly crunchy tannins, oak aspects. It’s clear Cornas, in the very modern vein. Take it on that level, not for venerable later drinking. “There’s much better balance, and the fruit a lot fresher in 2018 than 2017,” Laure Colombo. From 2022. 2034-36 Dec 2019

2017

quite a dark red; the nose is in a holding phase, airs of cordite, cherry, not out yet. The palate is rather stewed, with supple richness, is a bit plain, workmanlike overall. The tannins have muscle, and the finish is chewy, a little dry. Try in two years. It’s a bit tough on the close. Decant it. 13.5°. Bottled June 2020. From 2022. 2035-37 Dec 2019

2015 ()

(cask) full, dark red. The nose is elegant, has a stylish and relaxed nature, a deft mix of raspberry and blackberry – it’s an inviting start. The palate bears cooked plums, spicy and southern – this almost straddles Pinot and Grenache! It holds comfortable gras richness, is an upholstered wine with gummy tannins, a supple offer from them. A winter may benefit them, and tighten the wine, and develop its tannic profile. There is slight late crunch, and the tannins can improve. From mid-2018. 2031-33 Oct 2016

2014 ()

quite a dark red robe, with a lighter rim. This has a cool aroma, with mystery, scope, blueberry fruit notably and mineral touches. It isn’t quite on the go yet. The palate presents neat black berry, cassis fruit, mild tannins that have a velvet feel. It ends with a little clinch. It is quiet Cornas, but gives good access to granite-mineral features – in that sense, it is nicely naked. It is a good mix of mineral and floral. It can grow in structure, and will be a happy surprise to drinkers in three to four years. “Its balance will allow it to live,” Anne Colombo. Decant this. This was the first vintage when the wine was bottled in the summer, June, instead of August. 13°. 2026-28 Oct 2016 Previously Oct 2015 ***(*) (cask) dark, shiny robe. The nose is harmonious, gives airs of small black berries, delivered with good freedom, and a hint of flowers. The palate has a good, springy debut, the fruit running well. The tannins are peppery, breezy. Its blueberry, cool fruit skates along. Easy drinking Cornas. “We would normally bottle this in early September, but this will be bottled early June 2016 – it is a year on the fruit,” Laure Colombo. From late 2017. 2024-26  Oct 2015

2013 ()

bottled one month ago: shiny, dark robe. There is an appealing trail of blackberry fruit on the nose, with some snap, sweet herbs. It is subdued today, post bottling, posts a hint of violet. The palate presents a fluid run of fruit and grain, with the rocky, fine powder texture of the vintage and its tannins. There is good, secure juice here. The aftertaste shows light violet. It has frame. Drink from late 2017. 13.5°. 2028-30 Oct 2015 Previously Feb 2015 *** (casks) dark robe; this has an open, modern ease Cornas nose that comes with light pepper notes – this is a sleek operator. The palate involves fluid, clean black fruit, blackcurrant, cassis, with tarred oaking. It is a bit functional, arm’s length in style, for the metropolitan crowd. Wee juice peeps out on the finish. From spring 2017. 2025-27  Feb 2015

2012 ()

(the likely blend, bottling Aug 2014) comfortably deep red robe. There is a nice aromatic sweep across the nose, oak implicit, and absorbing quietly; the prime air is one of black fruits with light floral nudges. This has a tasty, open fruit attack and a tasty second half as well; it runs on steadily, holds appealing fruit that is squeezy and open. There is a gradual take up of contenbt on the finish. From 2015 spring. 2022-24  Nov 2013

2010 ()

(casks, to be racked next week) rather copious robe; black fruits, smoky, leather aroma that is muscled, well-grounded. The palate also has a good frame and vigorous fruit, is going the right way. It lengthens well, has a round and elegant finale. 2024-26 June 2011

2009 ()

rather full robe. Has a grounded aroma with sweet under notes, the ripeness of the crop there. There is also a slight breath of power. On the palate, it is wide, fleshy Cornas; it is facile to get into, there aren`t many closed doors. Has a licorice-tinted aftertaste, a touch of late mineral cut. Good, works on pleasure more than rigour or austerity. To be bottled Aug 2011. From 2013. 2020-21 June 2011

2008

(cask) attractive, bright, quite full red robe; on the nose there is green pepper backing to the cassis fruit that is overall quite inviting. The palate has a linear shape, is upright. Its black fruit is clear, and this has more stuffing than the Méjeans 2008. It ends on a smoky blackcurrant fruit, and a pebbly texture. From late 2011. The aftertaste is rather gentle and floral. 2017-18. Nov 2009

2007

steady, quite full red; the nose is cautious – its black fruit is concealed behind a rather tight, nutty outer air, with wee raisin notes. The palate gives quite bright black fruit on the debut, with a lining of pebbly tannin and oak. Workmanlike wine that is upright from its oak. The length is sound. Decant this. Bottled only one month ago, note. From spring 2011. 13.5°. 2019-20 Nov 2009

2006

mild red robe; springy red fruits aroma – red meat mixed with redcurrant – it is getting to a comfortable stage, as its first evolution commences. The palate delivers careful red fruit, has sinew running through it, and a pebbly style oak tannin. The later moments are a bit stiff. Has some late Cornas grain and mineral cut. From late 2010. Ends on tar. Could be more inspiring. “It is a bit between two stools now,” Anne Colombo. 2017-18 Nov 2009

2001 ()

lightly meaty nose, cooked red fruits. Soft attack, gains sinew from half way. Fair mineral red fruit late on. Drinkable early. 2013-15

2000 ()

violet/raspberry/fungal aromas. Brewed blackberry fruit, some width. Clean wine, bit fungal at end. More from 2006. 2013-15