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The Wines

1972-1975, 1978, 1983, 2005 Syrah from granite, clay, late ripening soils at bottom of Les Voussères, near railway, at Crozes-Hermitage, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, daily pumping overs, 1-2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged 5% new, 65% used 228-litre oak casks, 30% used 600-litre oak casks 12 months, then vat 6 months, fined, can be filtered, 3,600-5,250 b

2016

clear red robe. Toffee, a small red fruit aroma, raspberry and strawberry fruits show on the nose. This is simple, not very deep – it glides along with small tannins, a touch of powdered tannin. Light, fragrant, has redcurrant fruiting. “There’s a big difference between 2015 and 2016 Crozes for me. Ripening was difficult from these late soils this year,” J-C Marsanne. 12°. Bottled Jan 2018. To 2022 March 2018

2015 ()

dark red. Bright blackberry, salted aroma, neat and shiny black fruits lined up, has a rose-floral angle as well. The palate holds a good envelope of blackberry fruits, some sunny, dark, munchable tannins. This has good reach, the finish is decisive, the end crunched, a slight release of juice there. 13°. From mid-2019. 2027-28 March 2018

2014

(tank, bottling in two weeks) light red colour. The nose gives a will o’the wisp blackberry, raspberry aroma with a low-key sweetness. This is juicy, easy and up front wine that holds gummy, mild tannins; it is a “can do”, get on with it drink. It has been aided by the age of the vineyard to achieve this easy roundness in such a difficult year. The exit is perfumed, floral. Only 3,600 b (27 hl) instead of 40 hl this year. To 2018  Dec 2015

2011 ()

(used 228-litre cask) bold dark red, some black tints. Elegant, free, airborne bouquet led by a blackberry aroma, has a little spot of spice and earthiness behind, also shows raspberry fruit. A joli start. The palate starts with suave, friendly fruit that is clean, and has a swish as it goes, before a more tannic, firmer close – the granite grain brings the fun to an end – a true reflection, indeed, of the vineyard at the bottom of the slope, combining easy fruit from clay and dust of granite tannins. Attractive, expressive, STGT wine; the clarity of fruit in his 2010 and 2011 is striking. A CHR – restaurant-bistrot – wine, with a touch of oak at the end. From spring 2014. 2021-22  Oct 2012

2010

healthy, full red. Good class in the fruit on the nose – bright red cherry with life and appeal, blackberry and smoke – a genuine and local bouquet. The palate holds good, shapely fruit with a gradual build of tannin and depth. Well sculpted wine that isn’t too eager to please, thank goodness. It ends clear-cut, with a group of tannins to support the finish. Good wine. It is more crystalline and reserved than many Crozes-Hermitage reds, the balance is good, too. Bottled March 2012. 2020-21  Oct 2012

2009

quite bright, three-quarter depth red. Has a cherry fruit air, but there is depth behind it, a vigorous redcurrant jelly style and speckles of mineral, dust which show up more than on the 2010. Has a wide enough attack – shows red fruit from half way, as tannins build into it. The finish is buzzy, grainy, a bit dry, as if from parched lands, though there are droplets of fruit at the end. Decant this. A touch cussed. 12.5°. 2020-21  Oct 2012

2006 ()

modest red robe; boudoir, scented aroma, peony flowers in the air. The palate is similar, is rather rough and ready, and finishes dryly. March 2009

1999

pretty stone fruit nose; red fruits, then dries rather. Fine-boned, touch lean.

1998 ()

quite tender aroma, fungal bits; pebbly red fruit, touch light. Bit dry on finish.