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Syrah (1960s) from the top of Les Côtes, destemmed, crop cooled, destemmed, 5-week 400-litre oak cask vinification at up to 25-30°C, twice daily pumping overs, aged new, 1-year 228-litre oak casks 12-15 months, fined, filtered, 1,000-1,200 b

2016 ()

(casks) dark, sustained robe. The nose leads on an air of roast beef, a prune, ripe backdrop, some mystery, prominent oak. The palate is wholesome, presents a good ball of richness with a savoury, dark filling, and a real, good burst of tannins towards the finish. The aftertaste is oaked. This is a wine of good heart, a genuine Cornas which strides out well, is full of beans, captures the imagination. It will be popular with those who cellar it for a handsome middle age around 2024-26. 13.5°. From mid-2020. 2031-33 Nov 2017

2015

(cask, bottling Jan 2017) very dark robe. Has a bosky, filled bouquet, blackberry with an ample depth, is really close-knit in its ripeness. It has a Vaucluse, southern style depth and sunniness. The palate gives a mineral clack, blueberry fruit, real volume on the go, with far reaching tannins which fit in well. This has lots of sweet gras richness, is a sun-filled, broad and well-fuelled wine. It is more northern on the nose than on the palate. There is good blood in this, it’s a wine of high potential. From 2020. 2033-36 Oct 2016

2013

very dark red robe. Has an oily, intense, cards to play bouquet, some sweet herbs such as rosemary, a good variety overall. The fruit is a sleek black berry and raspberry fruit. The palate sets off with suave, stylish black fruit, gains ripe tannins and ends en rondeur. It is pretty open and consecutive, is a joli vin. The tannins crowd in towards the finish, so allow this two years. It is free drinking Cornas in the making, holds supple gras from Les Côtes, always a sunny site, so it is faithful to its place. Has good, solid length with fine late grain on show. 13.5°. From 2018. 2028-30  Oct 2015

2012 ()

1st bottle is a bit dry towards the finish. Bottle 2: dark red, some black tints. The bouquet spreads widely, shows wee grilling, prune fruit, a friendly compote of black berries, soaked raspberries (griottes) and some beef stock. This moves well, issues a good flow of bright fruit. The tannins are tasty, goes long well. It is upbeat Cornas that has good life and freedom. It really catches the Cornas vibration of an appellation on the rise – it is go-go Cornas, delivered with majorettes and a backbeat. It is very tasty, a real delight, is right in the game and the balance is good. 13°. 2028-29  Oct 2015

2010

(casks) full, surging dark robe, lots to look at. Rounded, ample bouquet – mild sweetness as the setting for black berries, prune, and a tarry darkness as well – the nose is classy. The palate has a tasty debut, a good black fruit flavour offers bounty, with powdered tannins towards the end. Has a spring in its step, is bright and rolling, delivering flair and wholesome fruit. Right there, genuine Cornas that is well-structured, even though the oak is pushing through quite strongly. From mid-2014. 2026-28 Nov 2011

2009

(pre-bottling) dark robe. Pleasing harmony on the nose which shows an agreeable roundness, is sunny and complete. The fruit aroma is attractive, comes with minor oak evidence and pine. Clearly fruited, good debut to the palate. After the purity comes the gain in tannin and mineral, faithful to its place. It ends on a mix of black fruit juice and oak, even if the juice stops a little early. Polished, good modern Cornas with local virtues in its nature and sequence. From late 2012. 2021-23 Nov 2010

2008 ()

thick dark red; blackberry with smoky oak, meaty under air, “high” mulberry liqueur here. Black Syrah fruit struts along the palate – is showy, breezy, gives a late tasty moment before the oak surrounds it and dries the finale. More early than late – beware. The fruit is grilled. 2016-17 Dec 2009

2007 ()

full robe; oaked, touch sweet red fruit aroma, has the air of the crackling on roast pork, game, and is good and steady. The palate has a compact black berry flavour – it is a wine of some heart. Its fruit comes out cleanly, spotlessly, and ends on more red, cherry fruit; its tannins are a little minted, with oak apparent late on. This is clean-style Cornas, with mineral in its grain. The oak is severe for now, but the wine holds up well with air. From mid-2010. 2019-20 Dec 2008

2006

the black plum robe has some matt in its hue. Has a piano, simmered fruit aroma of blackberries with a notion of jam in it – it is oily, too, with some light oak influence. The palate starts with black fruit berries that are delivered in a compact way – the berries spring along well, are accessible and pleasant. This is the softer style of Cornas, one that is an easy do from an early stage. Correct wine with sound length. From 2009. 2017-19 Jan 2008

2004

matted robe. Soil with long stewed stone fruits on bouquet, a little violet lifts it. Direct, red jam Syrah fruit flavour, fruit gum tendency. Bit reduced, the flavour could be clearer. As if long brewed and needs more air. Decant it. Drinks OK now, very early. 2012-14 April 2006