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100% Syrah (mid-1980s) from granite soils at Gervans in the northern sector, some whole bunch 3 week fermentation, pumped over, aged at Saint Cosme before the malo is completed in 15-20% new, 80-85% 1-2-3-4-5 year old 228-litre oak casks 12-15 months, first wine 2009 (875 b), 5-6,000 b

2018 ()

(bottling in two weeks) very dark, handsome robe. There’s a lively top note to the blackberry fruit on the wide nose, which shows ripeness, sun rays, a sweet undertone. It attacks well, races out on the palate, with a well-fuelled stream of black fruits that have a little floral note, with coffee, caramel touches, black olives towards the finish, where there is a touch of grain tannin. This is Crozes with a Southern leaning, all that sun. From late-2020. 2028-30 Feb 2020  £75/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2015

(casks) dark robe; the nose has a coated and very ripe aroma of blackberry, cassis fruit with a hint of licorice and iodine. It’s pretty deep. The palate is jaunty, offers rolling black fruit with attractive freedom, ends on blueberry and oak, on the up. This is promising, with width and depth on the bouquet, and style along the palate. The juice is engaging, liberal. 13°. 12,000 b. From spring 2018. 2025-27 Oct 2016

2013 ()

dark robe, a bit matt. Has a brewed aroma, prune and dark berry jam present, a note of licorice and a wee minty air. The palate offers an immediate flavour of raspberry fruit, has quite clipped tannins, and shows a note of heat as it ends. It lacks inspiration, is “not bad”, tapers towards the finish. It could just arrange itself, and may be under the influence of a recent bottling. 13°. 5,000 b. €8.50 export. GB: £65/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740222  www.thewinesociety.com 2020-22  Jan 2015

2012

(casks) shiny, full robe. The bouquet is very dark, resinous, unyielding – it presents a block of brewed, stiff black cherry, the oak is strong, but it has cut. The palate delivers a sweep, a generous sweep, of black berry and cherry fruit, surfs a big wave. It carries its fruit well. Oak and tannin dominate on the finish. The fruit continues soundly. Leave until spring 2016 for the oak to back off more. 2022-24  Nov 2013

2010

dark tinted red; reduction is prominent on the nose, a farmyard aspect, but that is offset by a rather tender, attractive floral top note. This is an aromatic, fine bouquet, with oak hints, overall it plays more on mineral than fat. Licorice, iris flowers, smoke also here. The palate is likewise led by grainy, fine, scented red fruit with good purpose; the length is also granular, airborne. A take your time wine that has a very clear ping in its fruit. STGT wine from Gervans, Erome and Larnage, the northern sector, which is well captured. The finale has a pot pourri, dried flowers scenting. From 2014. 13°. 2022-23  Dec 2012

2009 ()

rather deep robe. Round, quite sweet and savoury aroma – there are gamey, reductive airs offset by a note of flint. There is shapely fruit on the palate, which settles into a consistent, textured stride. There are supple but present tannins supporting the finish, which is solid, complete. A thorough Crozes. From spring 2012. 13°. 2021-22 March 2011 Previously June 2010 **** (cask) very dark, bursting robe. Really very ripe, big nose, fat and reductive – chocolate and inky. The palate is atypical for the Crozes northern zone – its abundance is extreme, the wine dominated by the weather for now – this gives only a late mineral glimpse (mineral or a loose fibre typical here). There are black fruits with definite tannins within. From say 2012, late 2012 perhaps. 2020-22 June 2010