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1940s Syrah from 1 hectare, east-facing decomposed granite soils, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling, 3-4 week vinification at up to 35°C, cap punchings, pumping overs, malo done in casks, aged 50% new, 50% 1-2 year Allier & Nevers oak 228-litre casks 18 months, oxygenated every 4 months, unfiltered, first wine 2006, 4,000 b

2017 ()

(casks) quite a dark red robe. The nose shows promise, lies low, has airs of iodine, blueberry, tea leaves, smoke from the oak. The palate gives a cluster of dark berry fruit, is well juiced, carries fresh tannins, extends securely. This comes with granite energy, is a polished Cornas, but has heart. It’s hardly got going, is hidden now. From mid-2021. 2042-44 GB £275 per 12 b i/bond H2Vin quintessentially@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 073 6655 Nov 2018

2016 ()

(casks) sober dark red colour. Beef stock and a cooked plums, prune air, a note of rosemary attached are the starters on the smoky bouquet. The palate has a traditional style, a centre of cooked red fruits, mulberry and raspberry, along with some free wheeling tannins, a low-key rockiness from them. The surge from the attack carries a decent way; for now, the finish needs to integrate into the main body of the wine. It’s a leaner style than the modern, more flashy Cornas wines. From late 2019, decanting helpful. 2031-34 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) deep red robe, black centre. The nose moves with oak in the front rank, and a savoury depth of crushed black fruits behind, streaks of licorice. The palate is close-knit, charged with compact black fruits, cassis, small berries, and a thrust from its oak and tannin on the finish. It runs along clear lines, the fruit having a good purity. 4,000 b. €17.20. From spring 2019. 2035-37 Oct 2016

2013 ()

(casks) quite a full red colour. There is an oily first air that is also rather aromatic, shows floral notes, along with pepper, a tender black fruit. This is a neat jigsaw of a bouquet. The palate presents good Cornas typicity – there is a clear mineral influence in the cool fruit, just a hint of varnish/acetate after half way. There is enjoyable mid-palate fruit of easy purpose. Good poise and style here: it captures 2013 well, is an unpretentious, natural wine, has good knuckle in it, is STGT. The aftertaste is fine. €31 at the cellars or €17.20 export. From spring 2017. 2031-34  Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks) dark, shiny robe; crunchy, black cherry air, a bouquet of good, primary features, life. This has oak cut, is closed-in, deep, slightly mysterious. The attack gives fluid fruit, followed by a swift entrance of its oak; the supple fruit revives before the oak has the final say. The cellar is on top now. A polished wine with tasty content, a sound core of matter, one that will play a long game. From 2017, there will be less oak, more expression. It is long, persistent. Eat game with this. 2031-34  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark, shiny red. The bouquet ravels widely – it is nicely sweet, and keeps its purpose, without sprawling. The principal fruit is black cherry, with a rather fat air of soaked raspberries. The palate delivers a cassis flavour, with a degree of textured coating. It takes on ripe, firm tannins towards the finish, ending completely, but not yet truly expressive. It is absorbing its oak well. There are notes of violet anf vanilla on the aftertaste. Modern Cornas – I sense that it can become more earthy, grounded from 2016-17. 2028-30  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks) dark robe, black tints. Restrained bouquet above all – but the potential to be stylish, the fruit showing some signs of ease, breakthrough – sun in the glass, a wee bit of licorice and tar. Raspberry, quite concentrated flavour on the attack – has abundant juice, is textured and pleasing. Ripe tannins are already lining up to integrate. There are lot of layers, has a genuine sweet depth. The fruit persists in waves, is polished in style – red berries, mulberry on the aftertaste. Very long. From late 2013. Effective, rather modern, enjoyable. 2030-32 Nov 2011

2009 ()

(casks) quite full red; meat stock, sweet cooked, even stewed, plum airs, savoury gravy here as a warm interior. The palate also shows ripe Syrah – a traditional style wine with its plum, mature nature, and not in the flashy black fruit vein of many. It is supple all through, and lacks tannic drive – maybe this high temperature vinif has something to do with that. From late 2011. 2022-24 Nov 2010

2006 ()

fairly dark, matt robe; black fruits aroma with a bit of Cornas snap in them – the granite on a jam trail; the final impression is supple, curved, oily. The start is surprisingly a little flat – the jam, mulberry style fruit flavour is on top, and lacks bite, also late lift and clarity. It is rather perfumato, and lacks Cornas terroir authenticity. Workmanlike, not inspiring, drink early. To 2020. When I discover whose this is, I feel Pierre is jumping on the “offer a wide range of wines” bandwagon, and hasn't got access to the best sources – no surprise as a debutant at Cornas. Dec 2007