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mainly northern sector, 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier, 80% own crop, 20% purchased crop, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, last cap punchings 2009, aged 30% new (down from 50% until mid-2010s), 70% 1-2 year oak casks, 20% of it American, 80-90% 228-litre casks, 10-20% 500-litre casks (600-litre casks until mid-2010s) 20-22 months, unfined, filtered, 35-40,000 up from 30,000 b


(casks, bottling Aug 2018) shiny dark red colour. Oak-charcoal sits above crystal clear cassis fruit on the nose, which will charm. The palate produces a good run of crisp red fruit with style, freedom and a Burgundian finesse; there’s oak on the close. This has good flair, is stylish. From 2021-22. 2032-34 Nov 2017

2015 ()

dark red. Has a plump air, red berries – mulberry and raspberry liqueur in the frame, a note of headiness, spirit. This is a full, sunswept bouquet. The palate is muscular, bags of content piled high, comes with lithe, insistent tannins with real momentum as it ends – express train delivery there. It has a secure heart based on red fruits with tannins holding minerality, and a lot of vigour. The tannins have a grainy demand that needs time. €38. From 2021. 2039-42 Nov 2017

2014 ()

red colour. Cooked plums, aromatic bouquet that leans towards a rich Pinot aroma – it’s a joli start, presents a spherical shape. This drinks softly, offers tasty gras, is fluid and roiling, an admirable wine for the CHR trade, restuarants etc; it takes on some lesser vintage tannins that are a bit tarred towards the finish. It gives a ball of gourmandise, the palate musky and spiced. “It will age a good 10 years more, its acidity will sustain it. We threw away 30% of the crop due to the drosophile fruit flies – you could smell the vinegar in the vineyards. Each grape – yes, each grape - had a bit of rot; the female left eggs inside the bunches,” Jean-Michel Gérin. 30,000 bottles, with only 800 b of LA LANDONNE, 1,200 b of LES GRANDES PLACES, and 3,400 b of LA VIALLIÈRE. The rest of their wines went into CHAMPIN LE SEIGNEUR. 13°. 2028-30 Nov 2017

2012 ()

medium depth red colour. The nose is promising, and already quite open. It gives an air of mulled red berries as well as a fine note of violet and rose. The palate is clean, presents fine red fruit with a knuckle of late grip, and a sound quiet depth as it signs off. Airborne style Côte-Rôtie. Its acidity needs to settle – it is a bit on the wire as it stands. There is dainty fruit on the exit, a subtle continuation there. Modern style. From late 2016. 13°. 2028-29  March 2015 Previously Nov 2013 ***(*) (theoretical blend) sound red robe. The nose is careful – precise fruit such as cassis and blueberry moves a cross it. There is good dance in it, is inviting. The palate offers sleek, live fruit with texture to smooth the way and agreeable floral notes. Drink more early than late. It is developing nicely, though quietens towards the finish. Good clarity, drinks well, is good and lively. Will do well in the restaurant trade. 2027-28  Nov 2013


sound red robe. Violet-smoky, live berry fruit, sizzled bacon, cordite, oak smoke and “dark” implications. The palate spreads widely on the attack, has a juicy middle, with oak crunch in it. The fruit isn’t yet in the driving seat, so wait until 2016. Workmanlike Côte-Rôtie whose flavour is a bit “muddy”, oaked. It has content, but not precision. 13°. 2025-26  Nov 2013


(casks) bright, dark red-plum colour; oak-mineral, graphite combination on the front nose, the backdrop is profound, well-ripened, leans towards a rich air, shows licorice, wood smoke, is a bit wild overall. The palate fruit has a mulled semblance, a cooked fruit mid to late stage. This is childish at present, a bit obvious in its mulling of the fruit, rather “cloudy”. It needs three years to gain more cut and definition above all. It finishes softly, and doesn't ignite me. 2021-23 Nov 2011

2009 ()

(various casks together) bright, largely dark robe; there is an overhang of game and tea on the nose, somewhat abrasive black fruit, raw from its raising. The palate gains sweetness through its mulberry, tar flavour; the sweetness is wrapped into its black fruit, which is accompanied by a little oak and consequent toffee flavouring. Has some gras and ripeness, is very correct, also unpretentious. Late oak for now: drink from 2013. 2020-23 Nov 2010

2008 ()

(various casks together) clear, light purple robe; oak first hit on nose, then red cherry, has a rather hang dog air, green oak, pistachio, hay airs. The suave style fruit on the palate is surrounded by discordant oak. Just enough matter for its oak, but the oak application could have been more gentle. Ends on tar – bang! From 2012. 24 hl/ha this year. 2018-19 Dec 2009

2007 ()

(casks, 95% of the final wine, to be bottled Sept 2009) quite a full robe; floral outer air to the supple bouquet, with an earthy, reductive underlay. The palate is rounded and fleshy, has good width and a steady length. It ends on violet and a little mocha. There is a low-key mineral theme to the palate. This can drink from mid-2010. “2007 needed time to round itself, and is doing that now,” Jean-Michel Gérin. 2017-18 March 2009 Previously Dec 2008 ***(*) (casks) black, bright robe; has a well-set aroma that mixes squeezy fruit and oak – it works well, with good toasting for now, with a prevalent smoky charcoal, peppery air. There is gracious, fine-tuned fruit within the bouquet. The palate holds stylish black fruit that has a clear, precise nature, and oak alongside it. There is a tasty cherry finish. It is not that full, but will be a bonny wine – there is lovely poise in the fruit, and it will be an early flatterer, since its content dips a shade just before the finale. Oak traces and a little power show up on the end. From mid-2010. 2017-18 Dec 2008

2006 ()

dark red, plum robe; the nose is encircled, compact and withdrawn on this very rainy day. There is a little heat in the palate, as if there are baked stones present, but the core is well-set, the fruit ingrained. Has a little dark mystery, even if is a bit worked on in the cellar. There is a red fruit – raspberry - debut to the palate, the fruit live and full of appeal. It rolls along with some verve, and catches the interest. Its acidity is noticeable, but helpful both in its composition and for its future evolution. Fresh-toned end. This reflects the vintage and its wiry but promising nature. Tasted blind in rainy London. From 2010 spring. 2018-20. Previously Nov 2007 *** (casks) dark red with some blackberry in the robe; smoky, black fruits nose, with a tang of game, meat and a scented, violet air. The palate is also scented, as if there is Viognier present, with also a mineral texture. Holds a variety of flavours, and there is interest in its red fruits. Is a little dry late on, its fruit, tannin and oak are not securely linked. Needs time – is raw at this stage, and has really tightened up since the summer. From 2010. 2019-20 Nov 2007 Previously June 2007 *** (cask) sound, three-quarter depth robe; pretty fruit, with an elegant, floral edging on the bouquet; contains berries with some smoke. The attack is supple, scented, open and softly fruited. Finishes with the clarity of the northern sector. Mid-plus weight wine, can be drunk quite early, maybe from 2010 for a first burst of fruit. 2019-21 June 2007

2005 ()

(pre-bottle, one month before bottling) bright dark red laced with black. Bold, crunchy black fruits and raspberry bouquet that is broad. Intense start to the palate, has a tightly sealed flavour, and proceeds along the palate well, with a little late dryness. Blackberries are the prominent fruit and are freshly delivered for most of the way. There are glints of light in its fabric, a touch of the southern zones of Côte-Rôtie in their ripeness. From 2011. 2022-26 June 2007 Previously Nov 2006 **** (casks) full, dark robe; bouquet is a bit reduced, but there is a full, raspberry aroma with good scent and volume. Solid style on the palate, an oak-infused wine with plenty of down home appeal, but reduction blocking its progress now. Correct length. There is plenty here – good width and a rich core. Scented aftertaste. From 2009. 2017-19 Nov 2006


smoky, simmered fruit berries aroma, there is a tangle of licorice and leather also. Darting red berry fruit on attack, holds a nice rich middle, lengthens well. Gummy fruit aftertaste. Clean wine, straightforward, no real extras included. 2014-17 April 2006 Previously February 2006 **(*) oak-prune/floral nose, the oak is in charge and directs it. Mid-weight fruit, very much a wine finding its feet, isn`t whole yet. Middling depth vintage. Acidity apparent on finish. Leave alone till 2008. 2016-19 Previously March 2005 (cask) *** latent bouquet, fruit present, also flowers. Pretty palate, well-weighted middle, elegant. Fruit is cherries. Fair length, hint of oak at this young stage. Esp from 2009. 2019-22.


(cask) soft, bit floral nose; quite juicy, then tightens. Fair fruit. Not very big, peppery edges. 8-10 yrs

2001 ()

(cask) soft, floral, light fruit nose, some spice; supple, agreeable wine. Floral-style fruit, quite long, soft licorice end. 2010-12


pebbly, minty fruit, game side on nose; red fruits, some gras, good clear Syrah expression, length sound. 2010-12


lot of oil/black fruit on nose, lissom and rich; works well on gras and a soaking texture, rich plum flavour. Sweet, animal touches, striking richness. Power to keep it going. 2018-22