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The Wines

Northern Rhône Syrah from Ardèche & Drôme, young Cornas Syrah vines, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, steel vat raised 7-8 months (before 2014 aged 50-60% steel vat 10 months, 40-50% 2-3-4 year 225-litre oak casks 6 months, then steel vat 4 months), fined, filtered, vin de pays des Collines Rhodaniennes until 2014

2015

red robe. The nose gives a spiced raspberry aroma, raspberry jam, is lightly floral. The palate has a peppery start, fresh drive through it, drinks cleanly, with a little late roundness. It is businesslike, rather upright, and there is a burst of late tannin. 13°. Bottled March 2016. To 2020 Oct 2016

2014

dark red. The nose is handsome, shows a little reduction, red berries and notes of flowers. Decant it if you can. There is entertaining fruit on the palate, which develops pepper as it goes. This gives lucid drinking. The nose is charming, the palate more direct. The tannins are gummy in style. It drinks pretty well. 13°. Bottled May 2015. To 2018  Oct 2015

2013

dark robe; the nose is good and live – it gives an aroma of peppery black fruit, and its depth is good for an IGP wine. The palate bears jaunty dark berry fruit, and runs well, with enough freshness to be clear-cut and toothsome or dentelle. This is naked Syrah that is full of bounce, a wine for food. 13°. “We picked the crop not too ripe to encourage violet and pepper notes,” Laure Colombo. 2018-19  Feb 2015

2010 ()

dark red. The nose has plenty of fruit variety in it – plum, blackberry and blackcurrant, with licorice and some reduction present. This holds spiced, grainy fluid black fruit, has body and freedom. It narrows along the late palate, giving what seems almost the spark of the schist. At a near intermediate stage. There is minor integration to come. It finishes tamely. 13°. To 2016.  May 2013

2009

steady, quite full red robe; raisin-black fruit sweetness on the nose, licorice and honey also. Fat-style palate with steady persistence. Needs food, is made for that, the finale is peppery. A down the line wine, OK; it moves quite well. 13°. To 2014. June 2011