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Syrah from all parts of the domaine, destemmed, 18 day open vat vinification, twice daily cap punchings, aged 100% new 228-litre oak casks, on lees, 12-15 months, first wine 1997, unfined, unfiltered, 2,500-4,000+ b

2018

full red, dark colour; the nose carries forward oaking, grilling, its inlay of blue and black fruits quite stylish. The palate bears coasting, elegant richness, is supple at its heart, the outside flanks oaked. There is spine to keep it on the go, helpful tannins on the close, the length good. I am surprised this is bottled – it would benefit from another cold winter to fuse elements further, rather than relying on the bottle for that. Decant it. 14.5°. 2,660 b. €41. From 2022. 2039-41 Nov 2019

2017 ()

bright, filled, dark robe. The oaking and varnish on the nose is strong, charry, blocks much of the access to its cassis-blue fruit interior. The palate handles the oak a little better thanks to its ripe and rich matter, with chocolate among the main flavours for now. Err, hello oak, goodbye vineyard… This is a cellar-led production, and I thought we were over these pumped up years. The oak adds to the sweetness of the crop, making it more New than Old World wine. It is bottled already, and could have been raised for longer, with less new oak, of course, and larger casks. 15°. From 2023. 2037-39 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark robe, black centre. The nose has a blackberry, mulberry fruiting, with a smoked bacon, cordite backdrop, some soaked cherries or griottes, also oaking. The palate bears a likeable richness with some fire in its tannins that drive it forward towards the finish. It’s well juiced, and the second half develops an extra layer of depth that allows it to stand up well. It will evolve well, is a wine that captures the imagination. 13.5°. From spring 2019. 2025-26 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) dark red. The bouquet is thick, made up of sweet, near late harvested black fruits, has rich-sweet composition and hints of reduction. The palate links to the nose via its ripe, layered roll of black fruits which go as far as prune from the ripe accentuation. The finish brings in a compact run of tannins that add density and some power. 34 hl/ha this year. From mid-2019 or 2020 to start to get the best out of this. 2031-33 Oct 2016

2011 ()

(casks, final assemblage) dark, shiny, belle robe. Racy, open, blackberry aroma of good and open purpose, lots of fruit. The palate has a supple, easy feel, sets off with a plump flow, ending on lingering tar, black fruit gum flavouring, also oak. There is a pretty thread of scent through it. It ends freshly. Modern wine, whose fruit lasts well. From 2014 to round its grainy finale. 2022-24  Nov 2012

2010

(casks, final assemblage) dark robe; oak-tar nose, but good, clear fruit is lined up behind, definite polish in this bouquet, good. The oak and the clean fruit are going well together, the fruit classy, copious and free running. All it needs is time to absorb, the balance is good, the wine is cleanly made. Great quality fruit which persists in waves. Mid-2015 onwards. 2028-30 Dec 2011

2009

(casks) very dark, thorough robe, black tints and legs down the glass. Crunchy, very obvious oak lead on a big, wide nose – charcoal-smoke precedes blackberry fruit which has some signs of juice in it. Access to the fruit is difficult today. This is an enclosed, juvenile wine with good heart. Its black fruit is present in a juicy form, but oak rules the roost for now, and is in full control on a rather tarry, burnt finish. There is good quality and persistent fruit lying inside here. A wine that can gain with age. From 2014. 2023-26 Nov 2010

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2007 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2006 ()

red with some dark traces; the oak on the bouquet is slowly fusing – there are damp airs – woods, leaves etc – and it is now generating a fungal nature today. The palate starts with red fruit, mature plum in the taste, allied to grip from its oaking – hence a smoky aftertaste. The texture is becoming softer than it was. From mid-2010. 2017-19. Dec 2008 Previously Dec 2007 ***(*) (casks) blackberry depth in the robe; has a full, abundant and broad aroma that is led by simmered fruits – show ripe, persistent, pretty true Syrah and have a smoky oak top note. The palate leads with clean black fruits with quite polished oak sides. Wait until it is more integrated and more varied, say from 2010 onwards. Has a clear finish, but it can be more expressive if left. Sleek wine with a cool texture. 2017-18 Dec 2007

2005 ()

dark, matt robe; upright, grilled, crisp aroma – minted black fruit with some herbs and prominent oak. Clear black fruit on palate, with a mineral late texture – oakn’smoke, folks! - take your partners. Has a tiresome amount of oak = no youth for this. From 2010. 2018-20, I suppose. Nov 2006 Previously Dec 2005 (new oak casks) ****(*) grilled aromas dictate so young, but elegant potential within the bouquet. Gains weight as it goes through the palate, black fruits are ripe, is gourmand and rich. Violets on aftertaste, length is good. From 2009. 2020-24 Dec 2005

2004 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED ON ITS OWN - most of the wine went into L'OLIVAIE, a little to the classic ie SILICE. Earlier, in March 2005, the likely wine showed as follows: (cask) grilled black fruits aroma in the international style, licorice present. Good, oily content, is pretty rich. Oak overlay and finale, can probably handle it. Esp 2009 on. 2016-18

2003 ()

baked aspect on bouquet, olives, raisins, southern style. Quite oily, savoury attack - black fruit with violets, a warm disposition. Fair length, some restraint here, has a grapey finish. 2006 on. 2013-15

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2001

fungal/oak mix on aroma, fair width. Fair black juice at first, the oak zips past at end. Olives flavour, handles oak better than 2000. No youth here, needs time to meld its oak, and coalesce. From 2007. 2015-18

2000 ()

wild black fruit, oily bouquet, obvious oak. Dry-toned palate, has juice within, but hidden by the oak at three years of age. Tough to drink now. Leave till 2006-07. Hard to judge. To 2013-15 or so

1999 ()

deep robe. Violet, black earth, ground coffee, prune and some mineral, cough medicine on nose. Take your drops, children! Coated black fruits, some mineral here from the oak. Fair length but gets a tiny bit dry. Prune, black fruit finish. Is a bit international, and not yet in an interesting phase. Fine with food - venison, maybe wild boar, game bird paté, pork in a sweet sauce. To 2015-18 Dec 2005 Previously Sept 2004 *** smoky, mineral black fruit aroma, some game aspects indicate end of new oak phase. Still quite tight texture, reserved black fruit. Upright, though possesses content. Chocolate effect, rich wine. Oak has absorbed on palate. 2011-14 Sept 2004

1998 ()

red robe is a little clear at the top; some fungal notes are entering into the red cherry aroma, which is supplemented by wild strawberry fruit airs as well. The palate sets off with attractive, brisk red fruits, followed by a sprinkle of tannin. It tightens courtesy of its oak at the end, and grips tight there. “I find it super-bon – it was very ordinary two to three years ago,” Jérome Coursodon. “It was a year of frost, so some grapes were ripe, others not – that means there can be freshness in the wine. I find verveine, and would drink this with a rib of beef or a wild duck,” Pierre Coursodon. To 2014. Dec 2008

1997

licorice, smoky aromas, 3/4 weight bouquet. Plenty of dark matter present, with clear wood impact. Length OK - quite firm. Leave till 2002. 2007-10