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The Wines

mainly purchased Syrah crop from northern sandy granite and southern sector alluvial soils, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs at first, daily cap punching, aged 25-50% concrete vat, 50-75% large oak barrel & 3-4 year 228-litre oak casks 9 months, fined, filtered, 25,000 b

2016 ()

handsome, bright dark red colour. There is a depth in the bouquet that allows a small but stylish shaft of black berry fruit to emerge, with a note of abundance. There are notes of grilling. It is still making its way. The palate delivers classy black fruits with pinpoint drops of quality, really appealing they are. There is a late note of beef stock depth. This is well-tuned, serene and convincing Crozes, very well made from start to finish. It’s lucid and fluid, well-balanced. 13°. 25,000 b. 2021-22 Nov 2017

2014

(casks) shiny dark robe. The nose combines mulberry, large red berry fruit with blackberry, comes pushing forward out of the glass, with a soft floral hover. The palate drinks well right away, comes with some grilling in its dark berry fruits. The tannins are still determined, the finish fresh. The content draws up a bit before the very tarry finish, leaving space there. 12.5°. 25,000 b. €8.40. From spring 2017. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2013

(casks) dark, sober robe. This has a rather fat, slightly sweet and broad aroma, bears southern sector sun and ripeness. There is reduction for now, so decant it. The palate is sweetly fruited, has a fleshy nature. An obvious style of Crozes, for la table. It ends roundly. 13°. 25,000 b. €8.40 export. 25% vat raised. 60% destemmed. 2019-20 Jan 2015

2011

quite a dark, shiny red. Here and now, open, obvious serving of mulled red berry on the nose, a little meat stock, chicken stock depth to it. The palate starts on a roll of mature red fruit, then fades. It needs a hose down of freshness. It isn’t a comfortable ensemble; it gives the feel that fruit could be more pristine, clear-cut. Country foods best suited to this. Workmanlike Crozes. 12.5°. To 2017  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks) dark red-black robe. Reduction features on the bouquet that holds “jungly” fruit, light sweetness, all in a ball with its scented red fruit. The palate offers refined red fruit before a second half of more bite and darkness, a build-up of more grainy content and some tannin. There is nice juicy width at half way. Round and scented in style. Drink quite soon after bottling next spring. Decant it, too. 2016-17 Nov 2011

2009

sound red robe. Blackberry, live aroma, has a curve of appeal, is approachable. Workmanlike fruit on palate, makes steady progress, offers jam notions late on. Easy going, correct wine. To 2015. March 2011

2008 ()

red, spots of black; oaked, rather sweet aroma, black fruit here, has more scale than most 08s. The palate attempts roundness and a ball of flavour, is lengthened by its oak. A little red fruit and olive flavouring, suggesting the southern plain provenance (tasted blind). From mid-2010. To 2013. Dec 2009

2005 ()

simple, dark red robe. Has a nutty, limited, soft nose – gives an inkling of red jam fruit, a little floral air as well. Simple palate here – red fruit that is gummy and easy. Could be fresher. Shows some late tannin, but the fruit doesn't really last long. A wine for the zinc – drink at the bar, solo, no food needed. To 2009. Nov 2006

2000

tarry/reduced aroma; gamey, fungal - sweet cooked red fruits, light tar end.