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The Wines

includes 1950s Syrah, destemmed, 28-32 day concrete vat vinification, daily cap punching at first, then punching every 2-3 days, aged 2-3-4-5 year 228-litre oak casks on fine lees 11 months, fined, filtered, 13-20,000 b

2018

(casks) sombre, dark red robe; the nose has Southern leanings, on cooked plums, ripe red berries, clove and floral hints present. The palate gives cool red fruits, a vegetal note attached. The fruit wells up as it goes, bringing a spur of length, a burst of juice, towards the agreeably minted, lightly rocky finish. It has character, and is an engaging Crozes, with bright fruit, suggests a good dish of lamb alongside it. From mid-2020. 2030-31 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks) shiny dark robe; black olives, seaweed feature in the nose, which has a plump blackberry centre, a sense of dampness. The palate is fuelled with iron, vigorous fruit that really makes waves as it goes, is thoroughly and fully enjoyable. This has flair, is right up there in the leading rank of 2017 Crozes reds. The finish is complete, with diverse prompts and stimuli. This is excellent wine that lightens up the day. To encourage a more integrated finish, drink from spring 2020 or so. Enjoy this trip to the seashore. 2033-35 Dec 2018

2016

dark red; has a good, alert nose, iodine present in it, raspberry, a nice “up” vigour – it’s a very good start. The palate runs with dash in its raspberry fruit, salt in the tannins - suggestive of a healthy vineyard. It reaches out well, gives lots of fun drinking. The red fruits are engaging, and this is a balanced, perfumed, naked style of wine. 13°. Bottled June 2018. 2026-27 Dec 2018

2015 ()

very dark robe. The nose evokes the south – black olives, paste of cassis, some thyme, dried herbs, plentiful licorice. There’s more to come, more variety and openness. The palate issues interesting cool blueberry fruit with blackcurrant included. The tannins are fine, serious, hold it together with a tight handshake. It has room for mystery about the future and its nuances, deserves a bonne table to accompany it. From 2018, with oak fusion on the agenda. 2025-26 Oct 2016

2014

(casks) dark robe. The bouquet is interesting, has shade and light. There is a front air of supple loganberry fruit, big dark berries on the agenda, with hints of flowers and licorice behind. The palate rolls in a swell manner, with traces of oak. This has a bonny finesse within its pretty open content. The gras is mobile and travels with good length, the aftertaste scented with a pot-pourri, dried flowers, influence. From spring 2017. 2022-23  Oct 2015

2013

(casks) dark robe, black-purple. Elegant, assured bouquet here – fine perfume, violet in style, with blackberry, black cherry, a slight soaked nature to it. The palate has good style, bears enjoyable, w.o.w. fruit, nearly all its cards on the table. A polished performer, ideal for drinking on the zinc. Has a fresh, touch menthol-inspired finish. Bang on what Crozes should be. Now OK. Bottle it, David! 13°. 13,000 b. €19 export. 2019-20  Jan 2015

2012

(casks) dark robe, purple rim. Crunchy, black cherry fruit with airs of oak, has clean lines, active appeal, good dark spots. A nose with potential. Swift dark fruit kicks of the palate, with a low-key juiciness in it, slowly revealed. Still en route, very much so. It accumulates its depth from within, in interesting fashion. A wine capable of a good second stage, from spring 2015. Sound length. It is still a bit Spartan on the finish. 13°. 20,000 b. €17 ex cellars, high for Crozes. 2020-21  Nov 2013

2010 ()

full, quite dark. Scented, giving nose that has a quietly sweet trail, a soft beckoning, also shows a little air of licorice. The palate picks up on that scenting and delivers it with gummy, rather reductive black fruit. The instinct is for a soft wine. The tannins are all through, are just a bit dusty towards the finish. Post bottling effects here. From spring 2012 – it will be more cohesive and will finish more roundly. Supple drinking overall. 13°. To 2018. Nov 2011

2009

dark hue to the robe. Funny influence on the nose – citrus, grapefruit – with a good, clear line of blackberry behind – a good and vibrant start. The palate offers some dashing, clear black fruit that has an interesting tang in it, with herbal and brioche baked bread late moments. Good drinking, with agreeable lip smack late on. It is a real child of the Crozes plain, open and willing. A few late tannins provide extra depth. Good, upbeat wine that does the job well. 13°. Drinks now, already bottled. 2016-17 Nov 2010

2008

quite bright red robe; agreeably airy bouquet, offers fine red fruit. The palate has the clarity of 2008, but also red jam, more of a couch than the entry cuvée. There is a light sprinkle of spice in this pure wine. Needs to let its acidity settle. From late 2010. To 2015. Dec 2009

2007 ()

full robe; has a steady and appealing black cherry aroma – it is more civilised than many 2007 Crozes – more calm – and shows smoke, floral airs as well. The palate also has a calm run of black fruit, with sound juice at its heart. The mid-palate is good and safe, unlike many 2007s. Tannins circulate on the finish – this will be rounder by mid to late-2009. At the end is a tight coffee/cocoa note. Bottled mid-September 2008 – “I could have bottled it a bit later for a more supple wine,” David Reynaud. 2014-15 Dec 2008

2006 ()

some darkish cherry, dark red in the robe; soft-toned but reserved nose, with black berry jam at its heart, a trace of licorice, has hidden corners. Good grip at the start of the palate. With tannins arriving on cue, the tannins well enveloped, and coming to the fore past half way. Now has quite a tarry, licorice finale. Good wine, reliable quality, the sort you can recommend to your friends. From 2009. 2015-16. Dec 2007

2005 ()

dark, matt tone to the robe; has a raisin, prune aroma, with a little sweetness, and notably ripe grapes. The palate is a gourmand affair, with oily black berry fruit. Has rich walls, with tannins and oak appearing from three-quarters of the way. There is a scented side to it. A sweet style of wine that is harmonious to the finish. 2013-14 Dec 2006

2004 ()

plum colour, and also a plum, cooked fruits, jam-style aroma, with some herbal trimming, is open and calm. Gummy red fruit start to palate, carries a suave texture, is a touch reduced. But there is a nice, easy presentation, with good middle palate jam. Likeable, the fruit is true, and this has an STGT leaning. 2009-10 April 2006

2003 ()

sweet-toned bouquet, with floral essence; easy, round, full attack. Harmonious, not aimed to live a long time. Unpretentious, very southern zone wine with its easy squeeze of fruit. 2006 on. 2012. Dec 2004 Previously (cask) ***(*) good warm dark fruit nose; slightly southern Rhône-toned, has black fruit, tannic chew. Grilled tannins/olives combo. Good length.