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The Wines

mostly 1969/71 Syrah, 75% destemmed, 20-25 day vinification, twice daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, malo in cask, aged 25% each new, 1-year oak, 50% 2-4 year oak, 12 months, fined, filtered, 20-23,000 b (down from 36,000 b)

2012

comfortable full robe; sparky, black cherry air, sound depth and fair style in the bouquet. This is tasty, its black fruit flows well, with a little saline moment on the finish. It is all neatly together. Good, clear, drinkable Crozes, but it tapers a little. Easy going style. 13°. 23,000 b this year. To 2018  Nov 2013

2010

pretty dark robe. Rounded aroma, a creamy bouquet that reflects violet, cooked plum, and extra depth via what seems like lamb stock. The oak is sleekly overlaying the palate, with grain and a nutty, pebbly presence as a result – this is most notable on the finish. The flavour resembles licorice and smoky black fruit. This is an unformed, crusty, still being raised wine due for bottling next week, so may be under that influence. I expect its fruit to be more exuberant around late 2012. 2019-20 Nov 2011

2008

steady red; inviting enough sweet fruit with a sense of decomposition in the air, leaves a cloying effect on the bouquet – isn`t clear. The palate black fruit gains in sweetness, but is rather brittle in structure, just makes it to the line. Dry aftertaste, with acidity prominent, dilute matter here. From spring 2010 to 2013. Dec 2009

2007

(from 8 casks to represent it well) red with purple touches; the bouquet fruit has a smooth air, and a little nuttiness: this is just about three-quarter weight, has pretty secure depth. The fruit comes out straight away – has an easy roundness, and is a bit like a rounded 2004. The length is pretty clear, and this can be drunk earlier than both 2005 and 2006, though it may tighten. There is a nice connection between its fruit, tannins and freshness. 2017-18 June 2008

2006

black cherry tone in the robe; the nose shows blackberry and loganberry fruit that holds up well, and has a nutty, grilled backdrop. The palate leads with supple blackberry fruits, even a little prune. The finish is rounded, with a touch of herbs and licorice. The length is good, and it has some crackly late tannin that helps it. It drinks well now, but will be better from 2009. 2017-19. “I give this a life of 12 to 15 years – it resembles a 1999 for me,” Stéphane Cornu. June 2008

2005

stable, quite full red colour; the bouquet is dusty and peppery, and largely closed now. The fruit has good clarity and purpose – this reflects the “dark” side of the vintage, and it ends nice and clear: this has real 2005 in its veins. This is best for the real enthusiasts – decant it now, enjoy its weave of black fruit, pepper and tannin, and it has the body to go with it. Very persistent, still young. A little like 1995 with its quite austere tannins. 2019-20 June 2008

2003 ()

bold, black berry colour. Compacted, stewed berry fruits on the nose, the extreme ripeness brings a soaked, near prune effect. Full, intense black fruit on palate with tannic lining that is noticeable and that brings a nutty effect. On good form now, drinks well. To 2009-10. July 2006, New York.

2001

funky, cassis leaf aroma, dense; lightly stewed black fruit, ripe, juicy, chewy. Accessible, quiet richness. Tannins sound. Flattens a bit with air. 2010-13

2000

cooked fruit/raspberry/pepper nose; tight-knit black fruits, gras all through; full, good weight, floral side. Prune ending. 2005 on. 2011-12

1998

tight, chocolate, then floral nose; brewed black, earthy flavour. Red berry end, mineral too. Some tannin still. 2010-12

1996

elegant wine, fruit is clear, not dense. Fair grip, good length. 2004-06

1995

stewed flavours, and rather cellar-worked. Lacks definition.