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Syrah (1923, 1947-48, 1987) from 2.5 hectares on S-E facing red clay and rolled stone soils on Les Bâties at Larnage, 67% whole bunch fermentation, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, raised used 600-litre oak casks 10 months, unfined, unfiltered, has been called Les Rouges des Bâties, “Les Bâties always give good quality tannin”, 1,325-2,400 b

2017

there’s a full gleam in the red robe. The nose is subdued, shows discreet promise, red cherry fruits, has a good, pure style. The palate offers red fruits, raspberry, with supple tannins, which are tasty. There’s a raspberry flourish on the close. This is well orchestrated all through, is aromatic, pure and sympa. The finish is most pleasing, offers gentle red juice. This requires study to capture its fine detail. “It’s balanced,” François Ribo. Bottled Nov 2018. 2031-33 Nov 2018

2016

clear red robe; there’s pure fruit on the nose, which isn’t forced at all. It’s raspberry, with cumin, spice closely attached, some vegetal aspects. The palate gets off to a frisky start, holds very fine red fruit that is typical of 2016. Its gain in depth is gradual, into a smoky-rocky exit. It’s a dentelle and aromatic Crozes that drinks very well, is cool and “up”. The aftertaste is aromatic, airborne. It’s very nervous,” François Ribo. 12.5°. 2028-29 Nov 2018

2015

(used 600-litre cask) dark red robe. Beyond some reduction lies a closely packed dark berry aroma, has a good core of inner sweetness and ripeness, comes with detail also. This holds lively fruit, is an up-tempo wine with floral drifts after half way. The tannins are neat, very wrapped into the wine. This tastes older and wiser than its age. It holds good gras richness, has a plump berry inner and a firmer outer. 10-12 years. Dec 2015

2014

dark red robe. Has a wavy, crushed black berries aroma, a concentration of cassis, along with mulberry and a light note of flowers, spots of pepper. The bouquet leaves a prolonged trail. The palate holds nicely thick juice, comfortable gras richness, smoky black fruit; it is fluid in the house style, builds towards the finish. This is close to Hermitage in standing, is very good. Its tannins give a good couch to the wine, and it is both very long and interesting. There are cocoa moments on the close. STGT wine, off we go. 12.5°. 1,325 b. Bottled mid-Nov 2015. “It is very full, has good tannins,” François Ribo. 2023-25  Dec 2015

2010

steady red robe. The fruit aroma is reserved, but has a suggestion of soaked red cherries at the start. The bouquet is very pure, and has zero sugary pretence or artifice. The palate delivers interestingly grainy red fruit with nerve and cut in it – there is a clear little tannin spine within. There is cut and there is crispness here, and an emphasis on cool drinking, take your time. Good fruit. 12.5°. 2019-20 March 2012