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1940s Syrah from granite soils, destemmed, pumping overs only, aged 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks 12-14 months, fined, filtered, 3,900-4,500 b

2018 ()

(casks) deep, dark robe; the bouquet has plenty in it, but  sits back, is restrained, has a minor display of cassis fruit, black cherry, with a nudge of oak. The palate is modern, polished, gives streams of black fruits with intensity in the juice. There are well shaped tannins on board, which deliver another leg of its journey. This will be stylish in time, with a little coolness on the second half that will give it poise. From 2023. 2035-37 Nov 2019  GB £105/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017 ()

(casks, bottling Jan 2019) bright dark red robe. Has a smoky, glinting nose, real STGT snap from the granite, an inset of red cherries. This is interesting. There is good iron on the attack, shows reduction. The content is nicely deep, assured, the fruit black cherry, blueberry. The length is good with a fresh, iodine nature – this is a serious, high grade Crozes red, has character and poise. 13.5°. From spring 2021. 2034-36 Nov 2018

2016 ()

(casks) full red robe. The nose is immediately engaging thanks to a free swirl of smoky red fruits, a mineral, oaked inset. It’s both wide and deep. The palate is well lined with smoky-oak influenced black fruits, blueberries, has a fresh take all along, the aftertaste bringing in menthol, spearmint. This resembles a northern sector wine [tasted blind], and captures the granite essence, the blood and rockiness of its source, if that is so. It will show very well when served in a large glass around 2021-22, is a Rhône connoisseur’s dream. The aftertaste is very satisfyingly clear. 13.5°. 4,200 b. From late 2018. 2025-27 Nov 2017

2014

(casks) dark red robe. The nose is attractive, offers an easy roundness of fine blackberry fruit, some peppery pep. The palate goes directly, very much shows the vintage’s clean lines, holds a bracing, salted black fruit content. The aftertaste is fresh, with cut. From spring 2017 to soften the palate a touch or two. 2021-22  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) dark red; nutty, black raisin, prune aromas show in a nose of balance and some potential. The palate holds fine content, the vintage clarity present, and the fruit sequels well to a clear finish. Natural wine that doesn’t try too hard. The finish has the clipped style of the year, chalky tannin there. Sound, for la table Crozes. 13.5°. 3,900 b. From mid-2016.  2023-24 Jan 2015

2012

(casks) matt, sober dark robe. Mulled, rather deep red berry fruit, grapey air with wee salty and graphite notes, the red berries as if the northern zone with its iron filings has provided this wine (tasted blind) – hence terroir is present. The palate is enclosed, has robust moments and the heart to do well over time. There are juicy spots inside its mineral, firm fencing. Has fleshy, bustling matter, is a table wine. A note of cordite on the finish is authentic for these soils, is STGT. Good with veal, lamb. 13°. 4,200 b this year. From 2016. 2021-22 Nov 2013

2011

(casks) dark robe. The aroma is compact since it is young, but the fruit is fluid, has a free-wheeling style, also dark chocolate, black raisin – this is a “dark” bouquet. The palate is close-knit, with good style to come; abundant dark fruit runs around it, keeps moving with fine grain tannins attached after half way. There is a good burst of mineral, a flourish of that, on the finish. Interesting, sit-down wine – it has the scale for full flavours, stews etc. From spring 2014. 2020-21  Nov 2012

2010 ()

thorough, solid red robe. The bouquet offers red fruit with a lightly mulled ripeness in it, a supple sweetness at its heart. There is pedigree fruit here, a classy and secure depth that is not cellar-induced. There are wee meat airs, a tone of grilling, and licorice. The palate has a locked-in start, with a firm, true granite of the Northern zone  tannic grain that renders its surrounds powdery, while it ends on a tender, floral lift. All to come here – it is stylish Crozes-Hermitage with a classy note – it doesn’t have the depth of Hermitage, but it has some of the Hermitage quality. The length is good and steady. It will unfurl gradually over time. Keep this – it is worth waiting for. From 2015-16. 13.5°.  2024-25  Sept 2012

2009

(casks) bright, dark red, cherry top robe. Some intensity in the nose – clear-cut black fruit, with extra depth from some meat-gravy style airs. There is a consistent run of black fruit on the palate, is a wine with muscular notions, good waves of tight, granite-inspired fruit. Good length, good quality. From late 2012. The fruit is polished, the oaking constructive. Ends on oak-tar notes. Will drink very well 2014-16. 2019-21 Nov 2010

2008

(to be bottled in 10 days) fine red robe; loose, black berry fruit nose, tar and licorice. The palate is a mix of tight, straight along black fruit, along with oak present, the oak aiding its length. Has a spot of mid-palate gras, black cherry flavour. Not bad. From 2011. 2017-18 Dec 2009

2007 ()

full red robe; olive, prune aroma that is sweet and secure. The palate provides scented black fruit, and is supple and easy to drink. The fruit has poise, the length is sound. It finishes on ripe tannins that do not intrude. There is mid to late palate pleasure here, unlike so many Crozes 2007 reds that are dry and rasping from their oak. Vive le plaisir! To 2013. Dec 2008

2006

(casks) quite a dark robe; the bouquet black fruits hold a latent oiliness in their aroma – they come with a varied cast that includes olive, licorice, menthol. This holds poised, sound quality fruit – is a cleanly presented wine of some harmony. Is a little flat before the finish, where it dips before a soft closure. Drink now to 2013. Is capable of a second stage of life, since it holds together well and the length is pretty good. Dec 2007

2005

bright black-purple robe; there is a nutty, grilled top to the bouquet, with tightly woven red fruit below it, plus some licorice. The palate clasps quite tightly, and is hidden after the opening: has good quality, with clean red cherry style fruit, near griottes in style. A structured, poised wine that needs patience – leave for 2 to 3 years from now. Esp 2010 onwards. Has very much the good character of the northern Crozes granite in it, and has tightened in the past year. 2018-21 Dec 2007 Previously Nov 2006 *** dark robe; upright, stiff bouquet with a nutty top air from its oak – the fruit within is rather “high”, a mix of raspberry and mulberry. The palate starts off reserved, with latent black jam in the flavour and fair richness at its base. Is showing on its oak and tannins now, the oak very evident. This can become elegant. From 2009, no hurry. 2015-17 Nov 2006

2004

quite dark. Pointed, peppery nose, black fruits with some caramel. Touch sweet on attack, the fruit extends OK, is already softened, more than expected. Quite wide end, finishes cleanly. Has a live feel with some body - agreeably elegant. 2010-11 April 2006 Previously March 2005 *** tarry aroma. Ripened fruit, with a restrained style - shows the finesse of the year. Can sing when older. Esp from 2008. 2013-14

2003

(cask) ripe fruit, violets bouquet. Cooked, plum fruits, warm and broad, some potency. Decent tannins present. 2013-15

2002 ()

compact, low-key fruit/licorice aroma. Three-quarter weight black fruits, all clear and well-formed. Very good fruit, with finesse here. Pretty length, too. Very good for the vintage. 2009-11

2001

overt reduced, tar/raspberry aroma; quite clean, blackberry core, persists. Fruit gum style, fruit well inset. Warm, structured; tar end. 2011-13