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1950s, early 1980s Syrah from Les Hauts Chassis, Les Chênes Verts, Les Saviaux, southern sector, destemmed, 3-8 day cool maceration at 6-8°C then 3-4 week vinification with cap punching, twice daily pumping overs, from 2011 a little part vat emptying/refilling, aged 3-6 year 228-litre oak casks 10-11 months, can be unfined, filtered, "drink with red meat, black chocolate dessert (when young), 8-10,000 b

2015 ()

dark plum red colour. The nose gives an immediate air of soaked raspberries, with violets, Pez sweets, candy, licorice drifting above them. The palate is juicy, perfumed, drinks openly now, with supple, soft tannins present. It’s a perfumato Crozes, in the here and now. It lingers aromatically, via pot-pourri and licorice, and has a naked quality. 13°. 8,000 b. €8-9 export. 2019-20 Oct 2016

2012

sober dark red; has a juicy blackberry aroma, a light floral scenting, wee licorice present. The nose is jaunty, delivers a few dark moments, ink spots. The palate bears good, springy fruit, is easy to drink and like. It darkens towards the finish, becomes more smoked. Its cassis fruit has some swish in its stride. It is a shade in the cellar as a style, slightly exerted. From mid-2014. 13°. €7.20 ex cellars. 8,000 b. 2017-18 Nov 2013

2011

(casks) quite a dark red. Has a stewed air, a pretty broad nose of meaty depth with a quiet roll of blackberry within and behind it. The palate gives a tasty, upfront blackberry fruit, which takes on grilled, nutty young fibres after half way. A good, rather middle of the road Crozes, a safe wine. It ends roundly, on a lip-smack note. It could have a bit more personality, but won’t disappoint. The fruit drifts a little as it ends. Best with food. 2016-17  Nov 2012

2010

a bottle in Feb 2012 not right, before that a much better example: Feb 2012: * quite a dark red robe. Herbal, warm stones air, a murmur of red berry behind. The palate I do not find quite pristine, has a firm side note, outside the fruit. Its shape is chunky, like the nose, and the aftertaste is dry. To 2015-16 Feb 2012 Previously Nov 2011 *** (casks) sober, dark robe. Chicken stock, grounded notes in its cassis, black fruit aroma, has a low-key sweetness, a toffee aspect. Bright fruit on the palate, which pursues a consistent path, reaches out well to the finish. Good balance, and will give pleasure from its co-ordinated balance and unpretentious ways. From 2013 - needs 15 months to clarify and declare. 2018-19 Nov 2011

2009

full red. Touch of sous-bois or damp woods, damp leaf in a ripe fruit setting. The palate is round and easy, textured. . It drinks well now, is right there. Has the sweet and fat notes of the southern plain at Crozes. To 2014. Nov 2011

2003 ()

full bouquet, chocolate with a meaty presence. Corpulent, rich, broad wine. With its savoury texture reflects Roche-de-Glun faithfully. Olives/violets finale. Modern style, the gras is simpatico. Called Crozes-Hermitage Vieilli en Fûts de Chêne. 2010-11