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95% Syrah, 5% Viognier (both late 1980s), from gneiss soils in southern zone on Coteau de Tupin, Tupin, Coteau de Bassenon, 90-100% destemmed, 3-week open vat vinification with cap immersed, aged 15-20% new, 80-85% 1-4 year 228-litre & 640-litre oak casks 20-22 months, filtered, first wine 2005, 15-25,000 b

2017

(228-litre/600-litre casks) sombre, dark robe; the bouquet is brewed and brothy, gives stewed black fruits, prune, a note of rose, violet, mild sweetness. The palate is borderline on volatility, I find, has a lush nature, is soft and squeezy, not especially fresh. This needs drinking early while it is still together and capable of some aromatic length. It is traditional, subdued Rôtie. 13°. 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier. From mid-late 2019. 2028-29 Dec 2018

2016

(casks) full, dark red. The nose has a grilled aspect, an air of crushed raspberries, gunflint cut. The palate evokes a basket of blackcurrants, small black berries, with a fine tune of clear tannin plugged in. It’s a discreet Côte-Rôtie that will gain and expand gradually. For now, it is quietly aromatic, linear wine that continues well. 13°. From mid-2019. 2033-35 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) dark robe with a good sheen. The nose is promising, with a good mingle of blackberry, blueberry fruit and rather sturdy oaking. There is a suggestion of red blood. The palate is well-knit, travels with a definite sense of purpose, providing sustained juice, inky depth and a fresh, well extended length. The tannins have some bite, the oak is also on the case. Long and full-blooded it is. Good potential here: drink from mid-2019. 13°. 25,000 b. 2038-40 Oct 2016 

2014 ()

(casks) shiny dark robe. The nose presents a tight-knit cassis fruit aroma, a note of grilling in behind. The palate holds stylish black berry fruit with a clear tang about it. The tannins are direct, well done. This stretches out well, the fruit washing along enjoyably. Stylish, serene Côte-Rôtie, connects to Burgundy. From mid-2018 to allow a smudge of oak to absorb. 15,000 b. 2027-28  GB £140/6 b in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com GB £306 12 b in bond Vine Trail www.vinetrail.co.uk  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) dark colour. Has a salted, spiced, scented aroma, a clear note of raspberry with black cherry within, a hint of bacon. There is promising depth on the nose. This has good tightness and fruit, is an engaging wine, with potential. It feels hand made. It is spicy late on, and captures the fruit well - dark berries - with a pinpoint spot of sweetness that makes it very tasty for a brief, flirtatious moment. Character, truth here, a lovely, tender wine. The balance is good. Good style, STGT. 13°. From 2017. 2027-29 GB £155/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012

very dark robe; the nose is thick, dense, but also free, wants to fly. It delivers classic airs of violets sprinkled like feathers. At its base is a concentrated aroma of soaked black cherries – griottes – and also licorice. The palate offers plenty of gras richness, a flowing run of warm dark fruit, all very smoothly textured. This is New Wave Côte-Rôtie, a touch flashy and a bit obvious at this stage, but one with drinkable, restaurant trade qualities thanks to its supple features and easy richness, tannins included: it is a coated Côte-Rôtie. It is very straightforward, young wine without nuance or hidden corners. 2024-27  Apr 2015 Previously Nov 2013 **** (casks) dark robe; confident depth in the nose, with oaking across it, a good fill of black berry, and airs of ground nuts (arachide), an oily angle. The palate also starts with a good offer of bright, enjoyable black cherry fruit which sustains well, runs all the way. Polished tannins fit in well. A good whole here – a sleek and notably stylish wine with assured depth, a sensible weight. Supple, warm-hearted, with élan to come. From late 2015. 2025-26  Nov 2013

2011

(casks) sound, sober red; cherry fruit aroma in a grilled setting similar to rather burnt pork crackling, with black fruits in behind – the nose is fresh and provocative. There is a good flash of red fruit on the attack; this has presence and foundation. The fruit clarity bodes well, is promising. It takes on tar, black raisin elements at the end, thickening up there. All set to do well. For now, the finish could be a little longer, but that is a 2011 trait. From 2015. 2022-24  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks) dark, full red; rich, biscuits and black berry aroma, shows its ripeness, is sweet, and has an animal tang also, cold tea leaves present. A little oak, and some encouraging mystery are attached to it. That animal-feral note also occurs on the attack; very thorough, traditional, lip-smacking Côte-Rôtie that is full of dark, fleshy fruit and textured richness. Bounty in the glass here; it is wide and unconstrained on the finish. Good length, no slip-ups en route. It could close down, is not straightforward, has length and drive. It needs time to arrange itself, is long, and has a tarry ending. From 2014-15. 2032-35 Nov 2011

2009 ()

(casks) good full red; toffee and ripe crop elements on the nose, baked fruit, cold Darjeeling tea – this is wide, classy, the fruits resemble raspberry, blackberry. Good strike of clear black fruit at the outset of the palate: lots of promise for the future. It picks up ripe tannins that lend it weight, a licorice flavouring. The finale is supple, rubbery, gummy – this needs time. Inside there lies true fruit with a suave texture about it. Assured length, good balance. From 2014. 2023-26. Release Sept 2011. Nov 2010

2007 ()

(casks) dark robe; cautious nose, with suggestion of steady evolution – has an inlay of black fruit, violet, a little damp leaf and smoke: has the potential to vary well. Black fruits with a menthol, minted thread lead the palate, and show the vintage`s clarity – they move with a nice rhythm. There is a good ensemble of fruit, tannin and matter. This ends on the vintage mineral note. Holds a welcome dimension in this sometimes uneven year, is full and quite punchy. Length is OK. From late 2010. 2019-20 Dec 2008

2006

(casks) full, en route to black robe; The bouquet is a bit stiff in shape now, but within there is a little sweetness, red fruits mingled with some sweet tea, stewed prunes and licorice traces. The palate is quite supple, its red fruits have some gusto to them. Develops as it goes, and gains weight. The tannins are largely inside it, though a spell of another 2 years will help that process. The character is local. Is a nice mix of punch and southern zone style red berries. Good cohesion and balance, and satisfying, really good length. 2020-22 Nov 2007

2005

floral waves float across the broad nose, and underlying it is well-established black fruit. This bouquet sets up the palate well. The palate is sustained, after a flowery, rather gentle start. It gets going along the palate, and gains width and definition. Has a full, secure finish. Good wine. 13°. 2021-24 Dec 2008