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The Wines

Serine (late 1990s-early 2000s) & Syrah from decomposed granite, schist steep slope soils at Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf, 30% destemmed, 2-3 week open oak vat vinification, cap punching, aged 50% 1-year, 50% 2-year 228-litre oak casks 10 months, fined, unfiltered, wide bottle, 1,000-1,300 b

2012

(casks) matt, rather dark red robe. Has an air of soaked fruits, a hover of floral scent. Acetate lurks – it is just a bit stretched. The palate delivers tight black fruit with a close oak-tannin enclosure. The cellar is on top here; it ends on pure oak over fruit, a caramel flavour comes from that. Minor problems add up here. The rigour of the finish needs to ease back. Over-worked in the cellar. From mid-2015. 12.5°. 1,000 b. 2019-20  Nov 2013

2010

dark red with black at its centre. Very ripe blackberry, along with black raisin and prune – a real Tom Tom drum bouquet – it wants to be noticed. Some meat stock is present as it runs across the glass. Has an animal, high body smell also. The palate gives plenty straight away – violet, quite generous black fruit, a pepper-licorice tang with oak present towards the finish. It pushes on with determination and narrows a little, as if it has been driven along in the cellar. Has a smoked pork, oak sign-off. A bit exaggerated. From late 2012. 12.5°. To 2018  Nov 2011