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100% Syrah (1980s) from Les Chassis, southern sector, hand harvested, destemmed, pre-maceration crop cooling, 2 week concrete vat vinification, daily cap punchings, pumping overs, aged 30% 1-2-3 year 228-litre oak casks, 70% steel vat 16 months (before mid-2010s was aged 30% new, 70% 1-2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 14 months, and during late-2000s some vat raising), first wine 2006, filtered, 46-80,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) dark red; the bouquet carries prominent oaking, with crushed Morello cherry fruits, isn’t yet formed as one. The palate is framed around its oak, has a free stream of fruit that is fenced in for now. One foot in the cellar, one foot in the vineyard here, so wait until 2022. It’s quite a large cocktail, and needs time. 2029-31 Nov 2019  GB £105/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017

(casks) dark robe, full to the brim, black centre. There is overt smoky oak charcoal on the clear front nose, an inner of red meat, black cherry fruit lying in wait for its cue. There is substance on both nose and palate, with rolling gras and plump matter, black cherry and cassis fruit providing a rather splendid, bright, for la table Crozes. The oak needs to absorb, leave until spring 2021 for more fusion. 2033-35 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) full, dark red and black colour. The bouquet is broad and beefy, filled with slightly sweet black cherry airs, sizzled bacon also. The palate offers stylish black fruit content with enjoyable, smooth tannins aiding its depth. There is a note of black olives on the aftertaste. It is a graceful, unhurried Crozes that conveys the harmony of the 2016 vintage very well. This is very attractive, well-balanced. From 2019 or so. 2030-32 Nov 2017

2015

(steel vat/casks) full, deep robe. There is an air of beef stock, meaty depth on the nose, with closely packed, ripe black berry fruits lining the infield. It’s pretty weighty. The palate produces a suave, sensuous run of black cherry fruit with fine oaking and light saltiness introducing detail as it travels. This is complex, has mystery up its sleeve, and will require leaving until 2019. It approximates a Hermitage from the eastern end of the hill, and will not disappoint its buyers. The balance is good, the tannins silken. Very well done. 13.5°. 46,000 b. €22 at the cellars is VALUE. 2031-33 Oct 2016

2014

(casks) good dark robe. The nose offers a restrained but quietly substantial air of black cherry fruit, a note of meat stock in its depth, along with hints of oak. The palate runs freely and expressively, its juice liberal. The finish develops more grain and oak, so this needs leaving until spring 2017. It has authority, and the structure for a good evolution. 2024-26 GB £73/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015   

2013

(casks, bottling March 2015) very full robe. Broad nose of confident depth, comes with a slow simmered black fruits density, a compact ripeness. The palate is nice and deep, has a more cooked fruits nature, and its tannins fit in well. A Crozes of some weight and consequence, a serious drop of wine, more for second stage than youthful drinking. It lasts nicely, plugs into a note of violet and licorice on the aftertaste. From spring 2016. Can be decanted. Very good freshness and style here. 2027-29 €20 in France. GB £80/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks, bottling March 2014) quite a dark red; blackberry-blackcurrant first air in a nose that is holding back, but has the potential to show around 2016-17 especially. There is a touch of licorice, and some fat ripeness. The palate offers an elegant run of still tight black fruit, sweeps along well, even if it needs 2 years to properly declare. There is sound continuity of its well composed fruit, the style of the fruits stewed, abundant, a bit international. Elegant wine, with intent. Decant this. From mid-2015. 2025-27  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks, bottling March 2013) full, bright dark red. There are rolling hills of blackberry, generosity with reduction today, attractive depth. The palate is ripely fruited, oily, has a jam or coulis fruit coating, a gras texture and feel. It ends on a curve of mocha fruit gum sweets. A fat wine that seems low on acidity – it is gourmand, but fine, and frees up after half way. 13°. 2020-22  Nov 2012

2010

nice dark red, good heart. The bouquet gives a deep roll of oily black fruit, overt black pepper, with violet and an undertow of damp woods, truffly soil; there is a flinty top note. The palate is filled with sleek fruit, is compact, charged, has an honest local depth. There are pebbly, fired up tannins at the end. The fruit will move forward over time. A table wine intended for beef, strong flavours. From 2015. 13°. 2027-29  Nov 2012  Previously June 2011 ***(*) (to be bottled Aug 2011) rather rich red. Temporary game notions on the broad bouquet, which comes with nice, shiny fruit across it, along with herbal, violet-laurel airs. The palate is juicy, and tasty at the mid point. The finish has a dry touch right at the last moment. Shows promise. It is less massive than the 2009 Grands Chemins. It could slowly gain in weight. “This is taking on volume as it is being raised – it was delicate at first,” Jacques Grange. From 2013. 2024-26 June 2011

2009

thorough, full red; red fruit, mulberry aroma that comes with a quiet insistence, is not out yet, and some reduction hovers. Bright red fruits, red jam on the palate with well-lined tannins on either side. Pebbly, fresh, licorice style finale – minor oak there. Has freedom on the palate, though it is tightly packed, and still reflects its raising. A serious version of Crozes-Hermitage. From late 2012. 13°. 2023-25 June 2011 Previously Nov 2010 ***(*) (casks) full robe; a little sweetness in the black cherry fruit on the nose, the fruit a bit “high”, has animal notes. The palate is clearly still on its raising – the attack is hesitant before more obvious black fruit and length. Good potential here. The fruit is squeezy, fleshy, ripe, it finishes roundly with the plumpness still there on the end with minor oak. From mid-2012. 2022-24 Nov 2010

2007

quite dark red; the bouquet has a still upright black fruit aroma that is enclosed by tannin – needs a year to get together, smoke and oak float in the background. There is a good strike of black fruit that has clear form and lines – this is good quality, juicy and fresh. It ends on the fruit, and widens well. Now OK – good wine, but a touch less oak would be welcome. Very complete, good Crozes, good length. From mid-2010. 13°. 2019-21 Nov & Dec 2009 Previously Dec 2008 *** full robe; has a baked bread aroma – there is life in it, black fruit underpins it, along with oak notions. The palate shows up the oak more than the nose; there is also a yeasty nature to this, but the mid-palate holds rounded and poised fruit. The oak aids its length, and it finishes on honey-raisin flavours. From mid-2010 – this is not yet an ensemble. 2018-20 Dec 2008

2006 ()

dark red; the top air is mineral, a bouquet that glints with smoky blackberry, elderberry, black pepper – fair depth in it, and it is even reminiscent of the northern zone of Saint-Joseph. There is a clear-cut, direct line of brisk black berry fruit on the palate – there is a good run of refreshing fruit. A wine that is a long way from the pumped-up, oak-sweet school of Crozes. There is a little oaking on the finish, which is quietly rounded. A refined style of Crozes. It lacks flair on the finish, but that is helped out by food. Scented violets on the aftertaste here. 12.5°. 2016-18 July 2009