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Syrah from Patou (1948), Les Mazards (1910-20s), Sauman (1991), 30-70% destemmed, 1 week cool maceration, then 2-3 week vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, some cap punching, aged 2-10 year 225-litre oak casks 12-14 months, casks assembled 4 weeks before bottling, fined, unfiltered, first wine 2000, 4,400-6,000 b

2018

(casks) dark red, black centre to the robe. The bouquet is well together, presents black cherry with iron, blood notes, a hint of violets. It carries good potential. The palate is expressive, rolls well on fluid richness with dark berry flavours, flexible tannins, ends roundly, a saline drift there bringing freshness. I like the sense of mineral threaded through it, a Cornasien spine. 14°. 4,000 b. €33. From 2022. 2039-41 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks) dark robe, black with a purple top. The bouquet is reserved but deep, has multiple layers of black fruit, bacon fat, raspberry liqueur notes in behind. There is an implicit sweetness in it. The palate bears savoury content, the tannins well ripened and stylish, goes long in an effortless manner, the juice slinky and appealing. This has good stature, is a complete Cornas of pedigree and good, extended length, the tannins precise, fine-grained on the close, a drift of violet there adding a homely touch. It builds well in depth as it goes, while the aftertaste is lip smacking. It is bottled already. From mid-2020 – its open richness will appeal. 2040-42 Dec 2018 Previously Nov 2018 (casks) **** shiny, quite full red robe. Has a restrained, quiet nose with blackberry, some raspberry, gunflint airs and snap, laurel. The palate gives a wide attack, with a good heartbeat of red fruits, smoky tannins, finishes clearly, mild gras richness there. It is just eking out its juice from its rocky enclosure. It holds more lively fruit than the Geynale 2017, and has a finish that needs more refining. 13°. From 2021. 2038-40 London, Nov 2018

2016

(casks) dark robe. The bulging cassis fruit on the nose is delivered with a neat sweetness, a note of toffee from the wine’s oak. The palate is curvy, rounded, bears supple richness and is an open doors, earlier than usual Cornas, accentuating finesse and fruit. The mid-palate is rich, while the aftertaste lengthens well on licorice, is orderly. The tannins are mild, discreetly adding an extra layer towards the finish. For now, this is more Syrah than Cornas, is a tasty, modern affair. 13°5. 4,000 b. From spring 2019. 2028-31 Nov 2017 Previously July 2017 **** (4 year 228-litre cask) the robe has a dark centre, is an appealing black-purple. There is low-key reduction on the nose, an air of crushed mulberry, soaked cherries (griottes), an inner earthiness, with licorice and a little mineral. The palate assembles cinnamon, dark red fruit, has a tasty heart, is grounded, with floral touches, a bonny second half of the palate. There are fine droplets of fruit on the finish. This is nicely sunny wine. From mid-2019/2020. 2029-31 July 2017

2015

dark red colour. Soaked black cherries (griottes), Morello cherries stand up in a thickly set bouquet, some earthiness also; it has ways to go, is relatively reserved. The palate holds black fruits, with drive, punch within, firm tannins lining it all the way through. It’s still a rectangle in shape. There are fine, concentrated droplets on the finish, which is butty, assertive. This has flair. 14°. From 2020. 2033-35  July 2017 Previously Oct 2016 ****(*) (casks) shiny, dark robe. The bouquet is close-knit via some firm oaking, a blackberry coulis, with blueberry. It’s a little reserved. The palate starts with fresh vigour – it holds carbonic gas - in its black fruits that have a salty theme towards the finish. It has a solid heart. There are waves of fruit criss-crossing it, with some imposing tannins coming forward. They have a granular, fine quality. 14°. 5,000 b. €16. 70% destemmed. From mid-2019. 2032-35 Oct 2016

2014 ()

dark red. There is a firm hint of reduction and game on the nose, a little dark intensity in its cooked black fruits, touches of flowers such as peony. The palate is nicely styled, delivers good thrust thanks to its tannins, the flavour on prune and black jam. This is wholesome, carries enjoyable gras. There are powder tannins at the end. This has the scope for a good wine. It is less subtle and has less finesse than the Geynale 2014. 2026-27 Dec 2015 Previously Oct 2015 ***(*) (casks) full red robe. The nose is reduced, but carries a sweet weight of black fruit, soaked cherries, and a hint of damp woods. The palate also accentuates mulled fruits with a liqueur aspect about them, has a little, gentle note of rose hip. This is overtly copious, up front Cornas with soft tannins in tow. It lacks the tannic frame to be a serious contender for the top table, but is certainly enjoyable. 13.5°. 5,000 b. From mid-2017. 2024-25  Oct 2015

2013

dark red, purple and black tints. Blackberry fruit shows in a crisp, upright nose that is all together and promising, but not yet truly on the go. There is an appealing curl of sweetness in the raspberry, dark red berry fruit, which opens the door to the drinker, and sustains all through. Has friendly length. It is showing more than some Cornas now – it will please. It holds fine late droplets of fruit, with notes of pebbly tannin in the texture. Has a nice, secure finale. 13°. 2025-27 GB £264/12 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com Jan 2015

2012

bottled 11 days ago, for the Marché de Cornas purple, fine red colour; cautious nose that suggests some depth via a discreet note of red cherry liqueur fruit, along with nice granite dust and bacon, an authentic front to the wine. The palate broadens well after a precise black fruit/cherry start. It travels in consecutive manner, finally drawing in on packed, smoky grain tannin. Fibre develops as it goes – this has a good central knuckle and will age well and vary well, too. From late 2015 or 2016. 13°. 2023-25  Dec 2013

2011

nice depth in the dark red robe. Has a smoky, quietly brooding nose that involves violet, cocoa, mocha, blackberry at its centre, the fruits simmered in style. There is a salty tang in the prune, ripe fruit, resembles Morello cherries also. Runs well, no false steps. It is upright and structured, more than many 2011s, a waiting wine. Blackberry and violet are in tandem as it travels. The late tannins are forceful, not shy, and lead into a black pepper, dusty aftertaste. Interesting wine, has character. From mid-2015. 2026-28  Nov 2012  Previously Sept 2012 **** (casks) three-quarter red colour with purple tints. This has a nicely layered nose with depth behind its first berry fruit, a little smoke, Chinese tea, It has more fruit than any other aroma, is not a mixed show yet. The palate holds spiced red berry fruit, the length is bonny. It is free and fresh and mineral-inflected on the end. A wine of good purpose and drive, and good length, which is a notable feature. This is Burgundian Cornas, based on finesse. The aftertaste is spicy. From 2015-16.  2025-27  Sept 2012

2010

(casks) dark robe, black tints. Has an upright aroma, shows the stiffness of youth, a little oak on its sides, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit within, mulberry also. It insinuates a smile, is promising thanks to its fleshy, ripe fruit that is contained by the oak for now. Broad and tasty debut to the palate – the fruit is savoury but decisive, easy to taste. Can be even enjoyed now with its ripeness and low level sweetness. Aromatic finish marked by wild red berries, it suggests the central-southern zones (tasted blind), thanks to its give in the texture and its ripeness. It ends on licorice and blackberry with a clear, mineral note – a definite Cornas tang. High quality, very good wine. From spring 2014. 2028-30 Nov 2011

2009 ()

(casks) full, dark robe. This has a wide, clear wall of black fruit on the nose, comes with grilled, toffee traces behind, nutty moments. The black fruit is bright, the nose promising. Black fruits push forward on the palate, which is abundant, oily, possesses ripe tannins that fit in well on its rich, firm finish. A good, complete Cornas that offers genuine local fruit. Its late texture is rich, and the sign-off is a correct assembly of nicely pebbly tannins at the end. From 2013. Tasted blind. 4,400 b this year. 2020-22 Nov 2010

2008 ()

light purple robe; baked red cherry, red fruit Syrah with acetate in the nose as well. Red fruit with a low-key tannin on the palate late on, along with oak and toffee influences. There is acidity here, also the acetate again. Quiet length to this, a little final content and depth. 2015-16. 23 hl/ha versus the usual 36 hl/ha this year. Dec 2009

2007 ()

red, a bit of purple. There is a curve in the aroma, its fruit red cherry and agreeable, with potential. The palate holds rather full early fruit with good heart, it proceeds well and the fruit continues all the way along. Has good Cornas fruit and terroir, and a mineral, clear finale. STGT wine. 2018-19 Dec 2008 Previously June 2008 *** (5 year cask) wholesome aroma of compact red fruits, with a nutty first impact on top, a little mineral of the granite, and even Marmite – the beef-yeast paste from England. The palate gets off to quite a pushy start – just a bit demanding. Its tannins are on the march, though not unruly. A muscled wine, though it doesn`t make that obvious. There is an “intense” centre to it. It turns out that Vincent did a few more pumping overs in 2007, and I get a sense of that. The length is OK, and a violet-rose-hip scent lingers on the aftertaste. 2020-22 June 2008

2006 ()

brewed, “dark” aromas with a bit of acetate - this is a modern, not chiselled bouquet, pretty open now, but set back by being a degree or two too warm. The palate leads with blackberry fruit and a late mineral infusion; it stretches out well, and gains more grip once it cools down a notch. Lacks a little mystery – “there you go” sort of wine. It wakes up in the company of a game terrine. 13°. 2017-18 Nov 2010 Previously Jan 2008 **** bold black cherry robe; well-founded and ripe fruit on the bouquet – ripe blackberry, red berries, too. The aroma runs on elegance rather than power. Shows plenty of rich, open and a touch savoury appeal on the palate, with a good, fresh tone late on. This works well, its flow is consistent, its length good. Tar, licorice and tannin complete the show. Muscular wine of pedigree. Some reduction comes through towards the finish, along with a little oak. Its blackberry aftertaste lingers. From 2010. Good potential. Bottled early Dec 2007. 2018-21 Jan 2008 & Dec 2007

2005 ()

big, purple-filled robe; low-key, good and round, profound nose of ample promise – the aroma is well-struck, its fruit secure. Delightful red berry start to the palate – marked by loganberries, mulberries: gets going fast, its fruit runs on well, and there is richness around it delivered with quite a sleek texture. The makings of a good wine here. Some end tar and charcoal and a typical Cornas minerality and clarity. From 2010. 2023-25 Dec 2006

2004

pretty, quite purple, dark robe. The bouquet combines some mineral, red-scented fruit aroma that gains an oily nature with air; is a touch meaty and has the mineral glint of the vintage. Plenty of life on the palate: there is a lot of bone and grip, the wine has bite. The frame is still upright, the red fruit live and vigorous, and trimmed with licorice. A wine still coming together. Good length and a really clear-toned finish. Esp 2009 on. 2019-21 June 2007 Previously Dec 2005 *** quite dark robe. Reserved, three-quarter weight bouquet, made up of black berry with mineral touches, raspberry, bacon and a top smokiness. Round, well-knit fruit on attack, then the tannins come along in a typical way. I back this to do well, it can gain weight and roundness by 2008-09. This is a clear expression of the granite Syrah, with its pebbly grain - a feature added to by the style of the vintage. 2017-18 Dec 2005

2002

red fruits/pepper, quite cool aroma; squeeze of black fruit, bit raw near a toasted end. Good effort, some length. Can go somewhere. 2007 on.

2001 ()

dark robe; broad bouquet, which is a bit reduced, has a big kick – shows violet, earthiness, some high tone. Black fruit laced with some leather in its texture on the palate, carries a mineral, chocolate flavour. The fruit quality now is way clearer and purer than in these days before there was a cooling system in the cellar. To 2012. Dec 2006 Previously *** grilled, dark fruit nose; clear fruit, bit burnt; clean, could have more soul, but quiet warmth evolving. Bit stern. Fair scale, modern style, leave till 2007. 2013-16

2000

the nose shows some mineral – is traditional and a bit earthy. The palate is well-fruited, and showing well now – it is wide and good and easy to drink. It is a wee bit dry on the finish. The palate is superior to the nose. “2000 was a vintage where the Syrah's ripening was blocked, and the maturity never quite got there – so we didn't make Grands Vins.” V.Paris. Dec 2006 Previously **(*) overt berry/violet nose; evolution bringing more interest, middle red fruit, some gaminess taking over from almost metallic early side. Fair length. Esp 2005 on. 2009-11