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based on 1964,1966 Syrah, destemmed, 28 day vinification, 1 part vat emptying/refilling, aged 33% new, 67% 1-2 year 225-litre oak casks 11 months, fined, filtered, 8-15,000 b

2016 ()

(casks) the robe has a black centre, a purple rim. The nose is quite off the wall, reminiscent of black fruit lozenges, damp autumn vegetation, I can almost see the moss, can smell the mineral. The palate gives a flavour of soaked black fruits, still with the autumnal dampness present, and some tarry oak. There is plenty of juice until a more strict, still young finish, the oak on top there. It needs to fuse, so leave until 2019; it has plenty of body for the future. 13°. 2024-25 Nov 2017

2013 ()

(casks, pre bottling) dark red. Sappy, black cherry, soaked style of fruit aroma; the nose comes with a note of laurel, sweet tea. The palate dances along well, bears attractive fruit which carries well. It isn’t especially deep, but is well put together for digestible, enjoyable drinking. A small cluster of tannin closes it, in the 2013 fashion. Sure fire quality here. A very neat package. 13.5°. Only 8,000 b. From 2016 spring. 2021-22 Jan 2015

2012

(casks) dark robe. The nose gives a modern wine with direct fruit airs. Oak-smoke hovers over a well-filled nose, one that holds lots of lissom black fruit such as cherry. There is a well-present ensemble of light violet that circulates as well in a stylish affair. The palate offers juicy, flowing fruit with, for now, oak along its sides. It has a lightly mineral, very clear finale. This is well made, the oak handling superior to many. “Stylish” is the word. It ends discreetly. The second sample tried the next day to check: more closed in, more oak. Precise fruit at its heart. The finish is a tight squeeze of oak and content. From late 2015. 2021-22. £135 per 12 in bond, J&B in GB.  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark, shiny robe. The nose has a big centre, is roasted and also shows a singed air thanks to its oak. Tar and gummy fruit lie within. The palate leads off on a modernista trail of oak and black cherry, the fruit fleshy and rolling. It picks up tangy, roasted tannins towards the finish. A pretty fluid Crozes that needs longer raising to lessen its oak impact. From late 2014. The finale has squeezy matter, is juiced, and needs to shake off its oak. 2020-22  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks) good, full dark red, some black tints. Blackberry fruit leads the bouquet, has a steady reticence, is still making its way. The palate reflects its oaking, but there is generous and giving black fruit with a trim of laurel and herbs present, before the oak revives. The end is tarry from the oak (that blighterish word again). The attack is rather cool in style, shows loose-limbed black fruit, respects the vintage. Modern, very much so: from 2016, when it will have aged and absorbed a lot of the oak, it could be ****. 2020-21 Dec 2011

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2007

bright, quite dark red robe; red fruits are foremost on the nose – they have a sprightly air, a combo of rose and plum, also milk chocolate. The palate has steady, agreeable red fruit with a menthol nature later; it gains quiet momentum, all on a discreet basis, leaving oak wisps on the finish. Modern preparation, but well-judged oaking a bonus, even though it could show more local punch. Length isn't bad. From mid-2009. 2014-15 Dec 2008

2006

black plum robe; there is a mix of smoke and stone pebble in the nose, backed by mulled red fruits with some caramel and definite oak traces. The palate has a close-knit, gummy fruit flavour, and once again, there is caramel on the aftertaste. The fruit is not that fresh, is subdued, tastes of red plums. Some late width and sweetness. The fruit is squeezy and quite simple. From 2009. 2012-13 Dec 2007

2004 ()

black fruit, pebbly and leather aromas, a little high tone. Likeable attack - black jam with a supple middle and true juice in it. Oak emerges on finish. Stylish wine, well made, its elegance is an ace card. Fruit leans towards the mature, long hang time, but the oak helps. Modern, tasty wine. 2011-12 April 2006

2003

bright, dark robe; oak and lissom black fruit mix on bouquet, direct and straight at this young stage. Usual elegant fruit on palate, with a light pepper presence. Fruits are red, show up again on final part. Oak, tar aftertaste. It is in thrall to the oak on the finish, so there's a little worry about it retaining its warmth. Much more expressive from 2007. 2012-13 March 2005

2002

(cask) calm, cherry fruit aroma; some pointed red fruit, fair length. Will be sinewy, dry-toned. 2010-11

2001

elegantly full, oily/bosky mix; complete, good structure. Measured density, upright black fruit, good frame. From mid-2006. 2013-14

2000

slow burn bouquet, leather/jam mix; cooked, juicy black fruit, light new oak. Rich, oily end, elegant and spiced. Good typicité. From 2005-06. 2011-12.

1999

southern, smoky black fruit bouquet - violets/herbs. Warm texture, packs good flavour. Has dimension, lasts well. Black fruits integrate well with oak. Going towards mini-Hermitage. 2011-13.

1998

earthy/fungal, black fruit bouquet - decant. Rounded, rich then tightens near finish. Some end oak. Drink esp 2003-05. 2007-10