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Syrah at 250 metres such as Saint Pierre, granite soils, 28% purchased crop (inc from Philippe Jaboulet) & 72% purchased wine (from 2 vignerons), pre-fermentation crop cooling, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, a little cap punching, aged 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 18 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2010, 3-6,800 b

2016 ()

dark red. Pine and lurking black fruits are on the nose, with mystery, airs of cooked plums, raspberry and mulberry, wee vegetal notes. The palate has oaking, vanilla, with a red fruits theme, raspberry, has gummy tannins that could be a bit more refined; it’s honest enough. It ends with a little crunch, assertion. The second half needs arranging, refining. From 2021. 2034-35 March 2018

2015

(casks) shiny, deep robe. The nose has an aroma of chocolate, deeply set, soaked black berry fruit, some toffee-oaking, pine apparent. The palate delivers attractive blueberry fruit with a swift sequel into crisp, rather punchy tannins and oaking. This travels with freedom, and simply needs to fuse. Its heartbeat is of a good Cornas; it’s genuine and convincing. 13°. 5,000 b. €24 (2014). From mid-2019. 2030-31 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) dark robe. The bouquet has an oily, black cherry presence, with crisp, linear oaking, a note of meat stock. The palate rolls with pleasurable fruit from the off, has a bonny coated aspect, and gummy, slightly powdered tannins line the finish. It is nice and wide, its depth genuine. Good with red meats, daube of beef, game, more country style dishes. A small touch of violet on the aftertaste is a pleasant surprise, too. Very joli wine, a sense of fineBurgundyin the glass. 13°. 4,000 b. From mid-2017. 2026-29  GB £98/6 b in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015 

2013 ()

shiny dark red robe. The first aroma is one of mixed fruits – blackberry, blueberry, prune: it is just starting out. This is a good rock-strewn Cornas with the tang and grip of year and the place. The attack is fresh, the fruit clear. There are menthol moments on the finish. There is plenty to get along with here: it is neat and vigorous at the same time. For now, it is linear, so waiting until mid-2017 is a good idea. It offers interest. 13.5°. €25 at the cellars. 2024-25  Oct 2015 Previously Jan 2015 ***(*) (casks) dark colour. Oak-toffee first aroma, an air of some weighty black berry fruit jam within. The palate bears stewed black fruits, a little lamb stock, savoury seasoning present. Its ripe tannins are well wrapped into it. It is a touch production line in manner. The length is decent. It holds comfortable gras richness, with fair style to it. Decant this. 13.5°. From 2017. 2027-29  GB £108/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012

dark red robe. Blackberry and raspberry mingle in a rather sultry bouquet that has light grilling, airs of black olives. The palate shows more than the nose, holds pedigree fruit, end extends really steadily, shows a lovely sure hand on the finish. Good, true Cornas. 13.5°. 1,800 b. 2023-24  Oct 2015

2010 ()

(casks) rather dark; big, broad nose, has a chunky squareness to it, shows dark fruit, nut is all locked in, bears traces of violet. There is attractive juice in its fruit – this flows and traverses early on, then is overtaken by oaky tannins that tug on the reins. There are floral touches here and there. It is in a raw state now, what with its oak and all. It does just lack a little really, truly founded depth, though. From 2014. 2025-27 Nov 2011