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90-95% late 1970s Syrah, 5-10% Viognier from granite, rocky soils on Gerine in northern sector, 3 week concrete vat vinification, submerged cap, cap punching, pumping overs, aged 15% new, 85% 1-10 year 228-litre oak casks 24 months, unfined, unfiltered, a plot specific wine, 4-10,000 b

2016

(casks) red robe with a bit of matt. The nose has a roasted aroma, soaked cherries, vanilla-toffee, red fruits. It has foundation, also potential, comes in a traditional style. There is a bit of noble Volatile Acidity on the palate, which starts on soaked fruits, glides along with a suave content. The red fruits have a little siding of vegetal from the stems. It needs to fuse the finish, which is out on its own. There’s a burst of cherry stone on the close, along with toffee from the oak. Decanting advised. From mid-2020. 2028-29 Mar 2018

2015

(casks) dark colour. There is sweet furnishing on the nose, blackberry with a slice of prune, and a rose hip accompaniment, musky perfume, some oaking. This is dense, has possible Volatile Acidity, is a good, traditional Côte-Rôtie with a lunge of dark berry mass and prominent tannins, crunch time from them. This is a real Rôtie of yore – take your time. It’s solid, holds a lot of matter. It ends on ripe blueberry fruit, licorice, and there are good iron-mineral flashes through it. It’s genuine, not for white coated drinkers, is still wild now. From 2021. 2033-35 Mar 2018 Previously Oct 2016 **** (casks) deep robe; the nose is marked by reduction, with a plump aroma of blackberry coulis behind, a murmur of dried flowers, pot-pourri, sweet spice. The palate is also spiced, with a run of ripe strawberry fruit to entertain, closing on fine grain tannin. It’s not yet an ensemble, but it can come together soundly and roundly, with a musky appeal at its heart. It’s nice and natural, unforced. 13°. 10,000 b. 90% Syr, 10% Vio. From mid-2018. 2027-29 Oct 2016

2014

(casks) sober dark red robe. The nose offers a crushed blackberry aroma, mixed with some roasting, a hint of violet. The palate brings forwards raspberry fruit with a little sweet appeal at its centre. This is open, uncomplicated Rôtie, and will be on the go from mid-2017. It lacks the stature to rival the best. 13°. 92% Syr, 8% Vio. 6,000 b. 2024-25  Oct 2015   

2011 ()

(casks) even red robe; the bouquet has a grilled first air, with brewed fruit that has pine, pine needle attached – a vinum picatum or pitch wine as the Romans would call the wine of Vienne; there is a “wild” side to this. The pine presence continues with dashes of pepper and tar along the palate, and the fruit continues on wild red berry, raspberry and loganberry. It ends on a mix of smoke and tar, a light note of flowers. Comes in a forceful style, has character, with prominent, charry tannins. The length is OK. A traditional style wine, country wine, local and suited to red meats, for instance. From 2014. 2022-23  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks) quite a dark robe, a bit dull. The nose hints at muscle, game, outdoor beasts, has a sunshine of red berry within it. It will be less stiff from 2014. Scented, soft, supple shape in a rounded palate, the violet-Pez sweet effect is pronounced on the finish. Traditional school Côte-Rôtie, with that earthy, somewhat feral nod of the head. It is therefore less precise, less crystalline than the very best. Enjoyable, nevertheless. It is a little wild, and also rather exerted on the finish, bit dry there. Can arrange the end, I think. Decant this. Definitely for the trad drinkers who like some wild side behaviour. From spring 2014. 2021-23 Nov 2011

2008

(casks) three-quarter depth red, not bright. Stewed red fruits nose, local air about it, a soft red fruits Syrah with baked, rather vegetal tones also. Lucid, crisp black berry fruit with a late tang, as offering a northern zone snap (tasted blind). Charcoal-graphite finale. Traditional style Côte-Rôtie, with local imprint in its flavour and texture. A respectable do for the vintage, from spring 2011. To 2018. 35 hl/ha this year. To be bottled Sept 2010. Dec 2009

2007

(casks) consistent black plum colour; scented, peony, black jam aroma – it is ripe, but not that bright, is a touch flat. The palate also reflects a limited horizon – holds blackberry with a minted siding; there is a little gras in it, and it ends with some firmness. It is all in rather a minor scale today, and I just wonder if the sample was taken from the cask a couple of days or more ago. From late 2009, early 2010. To 2014-15 Dec 2008

2005 ()

(casks) a little dark cherry in the robe; pebbly, quite packed bouquet with a ripe tone late on and a degree of potency. Raspberry coulis flavour, with some alcohol evident in an extracted fashion. Nutty aftertaste, isn't a relaxed wine. Is raw now from its cellar raising and full-on vinification. Stiff, quite solid wine. Try in 2008. 2014-16 Nov 2006

2004 ()

big, dark, bosky aroma - theme of pepper, leather. Oily, brewed wine, has a live middle, unfurnished like a young horse. Fresh flavour, but the fruit pierces rather than caresses. A little richness at the end. Traditional, down the line style. Leave till 2008, cross fingers and hope. Worry about stalky elements on palate. Length OK. 2013-15 April 2006

2003

(cask) cassis jam, coffee bouquet, some life in it. Fair harmony - oily, minted black fruit. Tasty texture, good honest brew. Olives/tapenade aftertaste. 2006 on. Some risk will dry. 2013-17

2002 ()

smoky, pine scent bouquet; minted, floral dark fruit flavour, has some kick and character. Semi-sweet end from the chaptalisation. Viognier presence helps. 2006 on. 2012-14

2001

(cask) quiet, touch floral aroma; suave, nice fruit which tightens and becomes tarry. Bit rustic, dry end. Core matter is OK.

2000 ()

quite ripe, earthy/woody and cooked fruit aromas; chewy, stewed texture, traditional, earthy style. Could be fresher. From 2005. 2009-11