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Syrah (1968-73) from clay-limestone soils on the Mercurol plain), plus some slope at Larnage (2001), destemmed, 18-25 day vinification, cap punching, pumping overs, aged new-5 year 550-litre, 11 hl barrel 12 months, fined, filtered, 26-32,000 b

2018

very dark robe, black more than red. The bouquet has scale, issues the warmth and ripeness of the vintage, comes with ssoaked, stewed black fruits, buffed leather airs, oak, is deeply founded. The palate is firmly set around rather charged content, black fruits and dark tannins in attendance. It is solid, and still in thrall to its bottling, has a sort of pent up energy within. It finishes with an undertow of oxtail, meaty content. It’s grounded, and could have been raised for another winter, I feel. 14.5°. From 2022, the oak needing to subside. Decant it. 2035-37 Nov 2019

2017

full, dark red robe. The bouquet has a meat stock, nutshells aroma, green olives and a vegetal layer above its low-key cassis fruit. The palate is crunchy, close-knit, with a smoky black fruiting, and tannins on the outside. It’s still in the cellar, needs to integrate, is low on charm, ends toughly for now. There is enough fruit to emerge time in bottle, but this lacks balance. 14°. From 2021, not before. 2030-32 Dec 2018

2016 ()

shiny, handsome dark red robe. The nose has an aroma of blackberry lozenges, a lightly sweet appeal, a hint of oak, is a precise showing. The palate bears enjoyable, stylish black fruits with some powdered tannins towards the finish, a note of perfume there. This is pure and well presented Crozes, a bonny do. It’s all in sync, has northern sector poise. 13°. 32,000 b. To 2021 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) dark robe. The nose gives a grilled air, green olives, a fine couch of cassis fruit behind. The palate stretches out on a lithe run of black fruits, with cool tones throughout, and some oak on the finish. It needs leaving until late spring 2017 to fuse and fatten. The attack suggests a fluid wine in the making, with squeezy gras. 2022-23 Oct 2016 GB Fine & Rare Wines £135 12 b i/b www.frw.co.uk customerservice@frw.co.uk +44(0)207 089 7400

2014 ()

shiny, good looking, full robe. The nose is clear and live, presents black cherry fruit with alacrity, the depth nice and secure. The palate is expressive, runs with free waves of black fruit, the tempo up. This is a w.o.w. Crozes for convivial situations. The finish is fresh, and invites a second glass. It is on the go now. 13°. 2020-21  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

shiny dark red. Grilled, dark red berry fruit aroma – it is steep rather than rounded. The palate is marked by a peppery tone to the agreeable fruit, has the lucid, clear carry of the year. Chewy notes show in an oaked finish. It is sound, though there is scope for more cohesion on the finish. 13°. 26,000 b. €6.90 export. From mid-2016. 2022-23 Jan 2015

2011

good dark red. Stewed plums aroma, with low-key reduction in it. The nose is set to be open and full of plump fruit, a touch of flowers. The palate is shapely, tasty, drinks easily. Mild tannins at the end add an extra little note of darkness. Nice, no great scope, though. Ready now – grills, country foods, sausages. 13°. 2015-16  Nov 2012

2010

(casks) dark, forceful robe. The nose is restrained, shows only limited wares, but there is some intrinsic strength, with very close-knit blackberry and a semblance of oak present. The palate pushes out a juicy black fruit with a tingle of oak in it, and powdery tannins that need 15 months to fuse. The fruit is bright and concerted on the debut. A wine that is structured to live, a bit spinal and short of real gras richness around that spine. Also needs its oaking to absorb. Bottling this month. From mid-2013. 2020-21 Nov 2011

2007 ()

full robe; the aroma is solid – it is sealed up, stays in the glass rather than emerging: the undertone is well set – nicely ripe black fruits and prune, a blackberry coulis here. Has a supple, towards rich start to the palate – its black fruits are offset after half way by a line of oak that is a little on the outside: this means that a wood, tar-charcoal, dry texture enters the nice fleshy fruit – it is not needed on this scale. It would be prettier drinking with 15% less oak. To 2013. March 2009 Previously Jan 2008 *(*) (2 year old 550-litre cask) dark robe; oak is already installed in the bouquet. Black cherry flavour, with a little richness and sweetness. Fair length, but not striking. 6-7 years. Jan 2008

2006

bright black robe; quite a lucid aroma – black cherry and pepper. The palate comes out with black berry fruit and some tar and tannin present. There is a bit of oak clamping late on. Indeed a lot of tannin late in the day, plus oak. From mid-2009. Bottled 1 month ago, in early Dec 2007. 2014-15 Jan 2008

2003

decent, rich nose, mixes oak and violets now. Warm, jam flavour. Tannins are wrapped around, will be more out and about esp 2006-08. 2011-13 March 2005

1999 ()

warm, lush aspects on bouquet, tarry Syrah. Reductive elements in the wine, the Syrah stink. Bit tough, has fruit but needs leaving until 2004-05. End tannins push forward. Not sure. 2008-09