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mid-1990s Syrah from stony alluvial soils on Les Hauts Chassis, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling 5 days at 5-6°C, 15-20 day vinification at up to 28°C, twice daily pumping overs, a few cap punchings, steel vat-raised 5-8 months, unfined, filtered, “drink this young, soon”, 15,000 b

2016 ()

dark robe. The nose has a soaked fruits, damp aroma, sweet prune fruit in the mix. The palate is a perfumed, musky affair, holds red stone fruit flavours with a knot of late rocky tannin changing the texture, bringing in saltiness. It’s moving on in evolution already, is right ready to go. Drink until 2021 at the latest. 13°. Nov 2017

2015 ()

dark red robe. The nose is a typical southern sector of Crozes mix of tar, rubber, black stone fruits, carries a little reduction. The palate bears cool blue fruit, with fine tannins attached, ends neatly, with a dash of spearmint clarity. 13°. 15,000 b. €7.40 export. To 2020 Oct 2016

2014

dark red robe. The nose has an aroma of soaked fruits, prune and blackberry. The palate is sweetly flavoured, black fruit pastilles or lozenges brought to mind. It works as a pretty rolled up ball, with mild tannins present. From mid-2016 – it doesn’t need much longer. 13°. 20,000 b. €7.30. To 2020. Oct 2015 

2010 ()

full, dark robe. Violet-black cherry mix on the nose, a perfumed opening in a curvy and open bouquet, also rather a broad one. The palate connects well to the nose, drinks easily, also has a perfumed note, and offers the pulp of the Syrah – its core – well. Gains a little pocket of tannin, licorice into a secure, agreeable sign-off. Good drinking now. 13°. 2017. Nov 2011

2009 ()

bottled already. full, dark robe. Cassis fruit, plus a damp implication in the nose, as if moist black soil and a slight metal-mineral, graphite air. The palate starts off on a run of tasty black fruit – blackberry, bilberry – with ripe tannins sweeping in towards the finish. Good harmony on the palate. It ends on a mineral note as well, the end fruit full of life and generosity – really juicy. w.o.w. wine. Discreet notes of violets on the aftertaste. Great balance. Rock on, Tommy. 2017-18. Nov 2010

2007

quite a full red; floral air, flowers such as peony, attached to a sizzled bacon aroma. There is a burnt note around the black fruit on the palate – means its sides are shaded, not bright. The length is fair, but it ends rather tautly. To 2011. March 2009