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100% Syrah (early 1980s) from draining gravel and galet stone soils on Marsaz at Pont de l`Isère, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop colling, 2-3 week vinification at up to 25°C, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, cap punching, aged a mix of 1-3 year 228-litre oak casks, oak vats 11-12 months, malo in oak, fined, filtered, first wine 2008, 13-25,000 b

2016 ()

shiny, dark red. The nose involves lamb stock, a meaty sweetness, with spice, muskiness and airs of cooked plums. It’s a bold start. The palate holds concentrated juice, red fruits with prune and a late perfumed sweetness. It’s not quite centred on one place for now, but drinks freely, and will accompany red meats perfectly well. 12.5°. Bottled by Pierre Gaillard. To 2021 Nov 2017

2015 ()

sober dark red colour. The nose has a minted quality, with roast beef, oak airs, dark berry fruit in the second rank. The palate is juicy on the attack, drinks easily, its tannins circling it without fuss. There is a neat ball of gras at its centre. 15,000 b. €7.75 export. From 2017. 2021-22 Oct 2016

2013

(casks) steady, quite dark red. A quiet note of perfume is present in the nose, which is based on red berry fruit that has a tender side, is facile. The palate is also soft and easy, ready now. This is suited to country foods, supper at home. The finish shows a touch of crisp tannin. 25,000 b. €14 at the cellars. 2018  Jan 2015

2012

(casks) sober, dark robe. Openly fronted, black berry aroma, one that wells up on a rather sweet gush, a bouquet that is easy to notice and appreciate. The palate shows a sweet fruit tendency, is nearly plush. This has ample sides, mild tannins, just a little reserve and grip on the end for now. Easy to drink – it is pretty continuous and uncomplicated, centres on facile fruit. As it is a bit sweet, serve this chilled. From mid-2014. To 2018  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark robe; sleek black fruit air across the nose, vanilla from its oak, licorice, cassis and mint. The palate holds swish modern fruit which is juiced, running, with darker moments, tannins and a violet presence, mocha notes on the aftertaste. The fruit skips a beat on the attack, then gets going. A bit technical. Its austere finish is rather sudden. From spring 2014. To 2020.  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks, bottling this month) clear, rather full red robe; the nose is not fully defined – shows varnish, ground coffee, has an inky, almost squid-like note in with the raspberry fruit that lies quietly. Peppery red fruit debut to the palate. Fine tannins weave through it, and it ends on an accomplished clarity and poise. All very orchestrated, with its precise minerality and a little floral note as it finishes. Real charm, real finesse, very pretty. 2018-19 Nov 2011

2009

full, dark red; creamy red cherry aroma, has a curve to it, is quite full, and is accompanied by a licorice and cigar smoke air as well. Rather agreeable, easy going red berry flavour – this drinks like a ready wine now. A solid citizen, no bells and whistles about it. It captures some tannins that lend weight. Plum fruit on the aftertaste. 14.5°, high enough for a Crozes, ie late cropping. 2015-16 Nov 2010