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The Wines

2000-2002, 2005 Syrah from 1.8 ha on Coteau des Pends, from 2007 oak barrel vinified, vat before then, 3 week vinification, some pumping overs, aged 75% 45 hl oak vats, 25% 3-6 year 228-litre oak casks 10 months, then vat raised 2 months fined, unfiltered, first wine 2002, called Coteau des Pends until 2005, 9,000 b

2012 ()

(bottling in 2 weeks) dark colour; low-key mulled fruits air, red berries with some licorice – the nose isn’t yet open, in the clear. The palate starts on an attractive blueberry fruit, with a tender, light sweetness in it; it persists quietly. Drinkable Crozes, close to ready, this is tasty, well crafted. Country foods, pastas ideal with it. 13°. To 2018  Nov 2013

2010

(casks) sustained robe with a purple top and a black centre. The nose is unusual – I find anchovy, a salty note in a black stone fruit and pistachio setting, has plenty of refined depth and an oaking influence. The palate resembles the nose: it is led by a nutty, green olive taste with oaked sides. There is an oiliness in it, the middle has richness and wavy black fruit: it is not easy to define simply. It delivers a tarry, firm, roasted pork but still gras aftertaste, and is long. The fruit is notably tasty, delicious. From late 2013 – with no hurry to drink it – so it can integrate. 2020-22 Nov 2011

2007

full robe; coffee, Bovril beef stock style aroma – the nose is broad and brewed, has plenty of forward expression, some floral airs as well. The attack has a brewed flavour on the attack, gaining in oak from half way, so that the oak dominates the finish. Another very prescriptive Crozes red – there are so many wines like this. Less oak, more fruit, please. 2007 is not 2005 – this wine really doesn`t encourage you to want knock it back with a laugh. Prune and raisin, formulaic, aftertaste. This is a wine with a fleshy content within. From late 2009 for less oak. 2013-14 Dec 2008

2006

dark, full plum robe; has a ripe fruit nose – a different register to the regular Domaine wine: shows very ripe raspberry, macerated fruits, soaked cherries (griottes), and a touch of down-home. The palate starts with a sweet-toned, crème de blackberry flavour, with some grain in its sides as the tannins come in. Is OK now, but the finish will be more settled by September 2008. To 2014. Jan 2008 Previously Dec 2007 *(*) quite a full robe; has a tea, mineral, leaves outer aroma, with black fruit within, and ground coffee – there is plenty here. Holds black berry fruit that stutters rather than flows. There is a little late sweetness, prune and cocoa. This seems advanced before its time. It reflects the deployment of sweet, mature crop, with its Christmas cake style flavour. Just bottled. Now to 2010-11 Dec 2007

2005

deep robe; blackberry jam aroma, with good poise and balance, has an intense, oily, toasted and quite soaked bearing. Good, expressive fruit on the palate, that is textured by its tannins: these give a little pepper. Well made, clean wine. Especially 2008 on, but drinks OK now. The point about leaving it is to allow the oak to integrate. Good length. 2014-16 Nov 2006

2004 ()

black stone fruits, minted aroma, kirsch and jam here on nose. Good supple start with body to push it along, middle is broad and continues quite sweetly and pleasantly to the end. Round shape, has a fruit gum, plum tart flavour. 2010-11 April 2006

2002

stand to attention bouquet, ripe black cherry fruit, oak. Quite sleek black fruit, tannic hue from the oak. Constructed wine, dry, kirsch elements at end. From 2006, but risk of dryness, core not especially ripe. 2010-12