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1985-early 1990s Syrah, destemmed, 12-15 day vinification, cap punching, malo in oak, aged 12 months, filtered

2012

(barrels) full red robe; interesting, smoky dark red berry aroma, more to come, variety in the offing. The palate has a close-knit profile – there is juiced gras richness at its heart, the fine grain tannins at the end are fresh, and carry a little saltiness. There is a pocket of earthiness and some loss of depth of genuine content before the finish, so it isn’t yet a true ensemble. From 2015. 12.5°. To 2020  Nov 2013

2011 ()

full red; blackberry, sweet tooth air, slight reduction,; the nose has an underscore of game and animal, a little smoke. There is a debut of soft black berry fruit which holds up quite well. It is backed by very mild, aromatic tannins there is a fruit gum flavour from them. It shows the 2011 taper after the attack, but the tannins are ripe, so that is OK. Drink soon wine. To 2016.  Nov 2012

2010

rather dark red; molten lava, definite muscle at the heart of a broad bouquet, has a rich centre, and isn’t yet on full display. It is smoky, shows slight oaking, dark berries – it is all very compact, and comes with wee “high” notes of earthiness. The palate gives a grilled sense, pork scratchings surrounding subdued liqueur red fruit. This hardly placed a card on the table yet. Fine acidity shows late on, which is encouraging for its longevity. I like its restraint and it will become rather striking if left. From spring 2015. Decant this. 13°. Another testament to a great vintage, its progress impressive. 2023-24  Nov 2013  Previously Nov 2012 *** (oak casks) healthy red; nicely coated mulberry with raspberry air, a trace of black pepper – the bouquet sets up the palate well, is nicely oily. The palate has a gras enjoyable black fruit that moves along on its squeezy texture, has a nice roll to it, keeps its attractive fruit across the finish, ending roundly. The aftertaste is spiced. This will drink soon, is appealing wine. If cheapish, it would be ***(*). 2016-17  Nov 2012

2009 ()

full robe. Raspberry, liqueur style aroma, the fruits soaked in nature, and also an air of brioche bread on the nose. The palate is ample, tasting well now, with vigour and some freshness. There is extra brightness in the fruit over the classic Crozes 2009 here. Has a tarry, slightly furry end. A wee bit techno, but is a sound drop. The main critical comment is that it tapers a bit at the end. 12.5°. To 2018. Nov 2011

2008

quite dark robe; oak precedes the fruit on the nose – shows charcoal.licorice behind that and a slight high tone air in the black berry fruit. Supple, self-contained black fruit on the palate with some juice that eases it until the oak becomes insistent on the finish. Less oak welcome, though this year it does help the wine to extend. It is a touch grainy overall. 12.5°. To 2012. Nov 2009

2007

dark red, black traces. Careful sweep of soft black fruit across the nose, also marked licorice – this is an easy going bouquet. The palate is more upright, has fair body, black fruit. There is still a touch of oak on the end – I would like it to be more savoury there. Workmanlike wine that lacks any moment of real attraction. Really rather dull. Perhaps robbed by the fruit for special old vine cuvées. 12.5°. To 2012. Nov 2009

2006 ()

2 bottles tasted, bottle 1 corked: 2nd bottle: quite full red, some evolution on the robe. Blackberry fruit with a grain of oak in the aroma, pebbly pepper. Quiet, agreeable black fruit on the palate, plus a line of tannin evident. Ends gently. Is right there now. Nice with simple roast meats or stews. 12.5°. To 2011. Nov 2009

2003 No Rating

this bottle: rather meaty, dark fruits bouquet. Palate is really acidic, a screecher. Not at all in line with previous ** tasting. March 2005