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100% Syrah from granite and loess soils in southern zone at Le Goutay (late 1980s, 2000-01), next to the domaine and Mollard (late 1980s, 2000-02), at the bottom of the hill, 90% destemmed, 3-4 week vinification process, a few pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, a few cap punchings, heated finale to the maceration, malo done in cask, aged 4-15 year 228-litre oak casks 13-15 months, usually fined, unfiltered, first wine 2009, 5-6,000 b

2018

dark, bright robe; the nose gives an air of ripe blackberry, pinpoint clarity, with violet-salt, coffee beans, licorice. The palate has a juicy debut, an easy lateral display across the glass, develops steadily, juice prominent throughout. It’s soft approach Rôtie, holds most appealing juice, with ripe tannins well in the wheel. It’s good fun, alert, stylish, can be drunk young. “For a solar year, its freshness isn’t bad at all. Its pH of 3.5 is perfect, with the tannins it will really keep well – 15 to 20 years,” Kévin Garon. 13.5°. Bottled 10 days ago. 5,000 b. 2036-39 Dec 2019

2016

dark red. Has a smoky, elegant nose, which is still hidden. There are trim airs of black fruits, flashes of licorice, dabs of violet. The palate gives an agreeable wave of black cherry, blueberry fruit, licorice; it expands well across the palate, holds fine and sustained juice at the end. There are spiced touches. This is clear, restrained, digestible Côte-Rôtie, with spark in the fruit. There is a gentle extra layer towards the finish, it’s very serene, good and cool. Decanting advised. 12.5°. Bottled Nov 2017. 5,500 b. €30 at the cellars. From late 2018. 2027-28 Mar 2018

2015

(cask) dark red. The nose centres on red berry fruits with a dash of herbes de Provence, thyme present, a hint of blackberry. It’s a steady start. The palate gives raspberry fruit with a subdued set of tannins, ends roundly. It lacks the detail of the best this year, has a more restricted horizon, also. 13°. 5,000 b. From spring 2018. 2026-27 Oct 2016

2014

(2008 228-litre oak cask) purple-red robe. The fruit aroma has a coulis, fluid style, resembles cherries; it is soft overall, and has a vanilla coating also. The palate presents crunched up fruit and tannin – the fruit has the freedom of 2014, the tannin the finesse of 2014. The tannins are more lissom than 2013’s. This has good, elegant potential. “This is more structured than usual – the grapes ripened late in 2014, and the crop was riper than usual,” Kévin Garon. From mid-2018. 2029-30  Apr 2015

2013

bottled March 2015: dark red colour. Has a good, oily, dark red berry aroma that mixes cassis and pine/varnish, red meat – this is a lusty start. The palate also bears a varnish, direct angle, with live late moments, a note of cordite. There is good intensity of crushed red berries. Its direct, granular tannins are still challenging. A wine with plenty of local brimstone in its veins. 12.5°. From mid-2017. 2028-29  Apr 2015

2012

(cask) shiny, pretty dark red. Nicely seasoned, mulled red fruits air, light drift scent – the nose has good heart, attractive variety. The palate presents a full, fluid fruit, is wide, led by engaging red fruits, full of oily appeal. The finale is textured, and wee note of tobacco grip it. There is good, close link between nose and palate. Promising: its gras is suave, pliant, and continues well. Flashy, agreeable, long. From late 2015. 12.5°. 2025-27  Nov 2013

2011

(cask) sober, quite full red. Has a smoky blackberry air, ain intense central point. The palate is live, with a touch of acidity present, comes in a get up and go, active style. Has the flavour of red berries, is genuine wine. The finish is spiced, with violets there. Shaping up to go well with grilled foods, chicken in sauce, in the restaurant trade. 2021-22. “It is approachable wine, is balanced – I did not want to go against the vineyard via a Black Wine from Le Goutay and Mollard – they give red fruited wines by style,” Kévin Garon.  Oct 2012

2010 ()

dark red robe, more so than the 2011 today. Smoky, light airs of soaked red cherries, griottes, and almost a garrigue, herb and thyme side to the nose, with menthol. As it airs, the nose develops more foundation, more red berry fruit. The palate is nicely abundant; there is plenty to enjoy, with a good stretch out after half way, a wine that goes for the line. The tannins are bustling around, have a powdery grain in them. The end is interesting – mixes raspberry and the dust of fine tannins. €24 at the cellars. 12.5°. The length is good. From 2014. 2023-25  Oct 2012 Previously Nov 2011 **** (casks, release Feb 2012) bright, decent quite dark red. The nose combines a cooked red berry, has meaty, notably grilled notes that lean towards bacon, has some floral Côte-Rôtie in its nature. Other airs include licorice, mint sauce – it is rather forceful, oaked. The palate is supple, gives an immediate signature of the vintage on its texture – which is pliant, but retains good grip and purpose. Its tannins are fine, steady in behind. Promising wine. The finish is articulate, well-focused. There is good nerve in the fruit. It is cellar-dominated for now. From 2014. 2023-25 Nov 2011