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The Wines

Syrah (late 1980s) mainly from Mercurol, plus Chanos-Curson, Beaumont-Monteux, machine harvested, destemmed, 10-17 day vinification, pumping overs, part vat empting/refilling, micro-oxygenation, aged used 600-litre oak casks, large barrels 9 months, fined, filtered, "drink with grills, white meats, red meats in sauce", 80-120,000 b

2018 ()

shiny dark red; the bouquet rests on cherry fruit, a note of raspberry, hasn’t truly got going yet, has a slightly singed side. The palate holds firm, almost clipped black fruits with cherry stone, cherry flavours to the fore, firm tannins setting the tone for the finish. It’s rasping as it closes, is a bit tough. 13°. From mid-2020. 2028-30 Nov 2019

2017

the robe is sombre for a young wine, quite a dark red. The bouquet is shows cork. Bottle 2: better hue in the robe, quite a dark red. The nose is smoky, has an air of cooked plum, raspberry. The palate bears red berry fruit, a brief hand out of strawberry, has a chewy finish, the juice not lasting the full course. This lacks interest, finds life a struggle. 13°. It is bottled already. 2022-23 Dec 2018

2016

shiny dark red. Cassis fruit with a funny note of diesel shows on the nose, some soaked black cherries, grapiness and licorice in the background. The palate bears tasty black fruits and mild tannins, drinks roundly now, has a plump centre. This is juicy Crozes, nothing complicated. It’s rather tame on the close. 13°. 120,000 b. Now until 2020. Nov 2017

2015

(large barrel) very dark robe. The nose is cool, reserved, but holds potential, and is broad. Crushed nutshells, black olives, blackberry fruit mingle. The palate is compact, based on black berry fruits with some darting tannins in play from half way – between them and the oak, this requires leaving until 2018. It’s going to be a handsome and also refined Crozes in time, with fruit purity at its heart. 13°. 80,000 b. 2024-26 Oct 2016

2014

shiny dark red. The nose has a grilled top air, a blackberry inner, a sense of soaked cherries further on. The palate holds clear, direct black fruit, sleek tannins alongside. A little distant and clinical in style, but this drinks pretty easily. 13°. To 2019  Oct 2015 

2013 No Rating

2 bottles tasted. Bottle 1 dark colour: taint, and a short palate. Bottle 2 is similar, raises a question about its cleanliness on the nose, shows a touch of  Brett, cow hide. The palate recedes early, finishes drily. 13°. Jan 2015

2012

(casks) attractive dark red; clear fruited aroma, a bonny heart of black cherry in it, a splash of licorice, a touch of violet. This is an elegant, assured bouquet. The palate offers easy to drink black fruits, light grilling taken on board, and more grain and tannin as it ends. Easy, unpretentious Crozes. Has some w.o.w. potential. 13°. About €5.50 ex cellars. 80,000 b. To 2018  Nov 2013

2011 ()

rather dark red. Has an oak-tinted nose, a blackberry and raspberry mix in the fruit. It promises style, some flair. Licorice and thyme herbs are present. The palate starts on a red cherry flavour, and is followed by grainy, nutty tannins after half way. Modern, successful style Crozes, its hat tipped towardsBurgundy. The fruit is tight and clear. From mid-2013, when there will be less oak and nuttiness on the aftertaste. 2017-18 Nov 2012

2010 ()

sober dark red robe; has a brewed black fruit aroma that is holding back its promise; the palate is dark, a little moody, but I like its wavy black fruit, which ripples through it with some style. It closes down into a circle of leather, black raisin and tannin. A wine of good structure, a Crozes that can evolve, is best with foods. It has a granite minerality on the aftertaste. 2018-19 May 2012 Previously Nov 2011 **(*) dark robe; grilled, smoky air, with almost a wiry intensity on the nose, cocoa beans. The palate has oaked fringes, with subdued black fruit within. There is decent juice in its fruit, but it is under the oak imposition for now, ending rather fruit-free, on oak and toffee notes. Modern “polish” here; the fruit just lacks some depth. Possible small gains over time, so best to drink around 2014-15 or so. 13°. 2018-19 Nov 2011

2009

full, bright robe; chunky, meaty, black olive, reticent black berry fruit in the nose, has some “high” aspects about it. The fruit is better revealed on the palate – has momentum and length, is a little plain, could be brighter. Fair depth in this respectable Crozes, though; it ends on some noticeable tar and tannin. From 2012. To 2017. Nov 2010

2007 ()

sober, matt, quite full robe; downhome, touch of the varnish aroma, with violet, and smoky-oaky, soaked intensity. Grilled black fruits that are dense lead the palate – the oak never leaves this alone, and also supports the finish, where there is heat. Not a child of the vineyard. From mid-2009. Change of policy here once I know whose wine it is – longer maceration, overt oaking. To 2013. Dec 2008

2004

bright enough robe. Interesting, black berry aroma, its roundness appeals, has a little fungal presence also (the vintage). Soft, easy fruit berries and a savoury, quite mature fruit finale. Drink early to catch its charm - it could dry in time. 2007-08 April 2006 Previously February 2006 * dark fruit aroma that is not very fresh. Stewed fruit attack, then a peppery, dry-toned finale. A wine of two halves, is uneven, has some core for next year.

2003

some softness on bouquet - lightly peppered black fruit, has potential. Nice red fruits vigour on palate - pretty, scented flavour. Sound length. From 2005. 2010-12

2002 ()

red jam, some herbal, toffee effects on bouquet. Quite soft red plum flavour, then some rather dry tannins. Rasping finale - can`t see how it will integrate. Better in cask. Previously (cask) ** soft jam nose; easy garden red fruits, simple, early wine.

2001

blackcurrant leaf, some spice/fungal; sinewy fruit, bit dry but clean end. Fair. 2005-06