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1985 Syrah on the low slope of Les Mazards & also Chaillot, granite soils, 80% destemmed, 4-week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 3-5 year 228-litre oak casks 17-18 months, sometimes fined, filtered, called Les Chaill├ęs since 2003, 10-15-19,000 b

2018

(casks) dark robe; the nose has a curvy shape, shows varnish, close to acetate, with a black cherry, eau de vie presence. The palate is also on acetate, with a crisp delivery of small black fruits, keen tannins in tow. It’s rather mechanical in presentation, too clipped for its own good, doesn’t seem to be in harmony with itself. It’s drawn out rather than comfy. Allow time - from 2023. 13.5°. 18,660 b. €32. 2039-41 Nov 2019

2017

(casks) dark red, purple rim; the nose is reserved, pretty deep, shows soaked cherry fruit with dark oaking, has a husky, baked notion. The palate is close-knit, slightly extracted, comes with assertive, stretched red-fruited content, finishes dry as the oak and tannins clash on the second half. The fruit within is very sound, even tasty, but doesn’t get a fair crack of the whip for now. The solution will be to wait for several years, and it may be more appealing then. From 2024. 2035-37 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark robe, black centre. An air of stewed plums mixes with oak vanilla on the nose, a second layer of black cherries, licorice hovering. There is slight reduction. The palate offers a generous roll of black fruits with smooth tannins that develop darkness as it finishes; it has good heart, and there is strength on the aftertaste. This shows the minerality of Cornas along its second half, a granite seam there which is authentic. The aftertaste is tinged with that rockiness. It’s a lovely, complete wine. From 2020. 2032-35 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) shiny, pretty full red robe. The nose is rounded, plump, reduced, shows a fat aroma of mulberry fruit, has vintage sweetness. The palate bears a flavour of cooked plum, strawberry jam, is supple for the most part. It doesn’t hit the heights of the leaders. The tannins encircle it safely. This will drink from 2019. It’s a pliant 2015 Cornas, based on fat. 13.5°. 13,000 b. €19 export. 2029-32 Oct 2016 GB/HK £285 12 b i/b Goedhuis +44(0)207 793 7900 +852 2801 5999 sales@goeduis.com hksales@goedhuis.com www.goedhuis.com GB £300 12 b i/b Clarion Wines info@clarionwines.co.uk www.clarionwines.co.uk +44(0)208 747 2069 

2014

(casks) dark red, some black tints. The bouquet has a grilled front, with tight black fruit, a baked note about it, after that. It is quietly muscular. The palate holds firm content, the fruit just edging forward. This is a good, grounded Cornas with some manly characteristics. It will come forward gradually, taking time. The finish is peppered, lip smacking. It is genuine and thorough. Oak on the aftertaste is noted, so drink from 2019. 13.5°. 11,200 b. €18 export. 2027-30  Oct 2015 

2013

pretty full red. Raspberry with a hint of acetate shows on the nose, which has a clear ring, a decisive strike, and a hint of herbes de Provence. The palate is lined with compact, compressed juice, which has an intensity inside it, soaked red cherries with a good, gradual presence of tannin. It runs with very coherent progress through the palate. This has good potential. “The aromas were very ripe, but not the tannins in 2013, so you had to extract very carefully,” Lionel Fraisse. 13°. Bottled Apr 2015. From 2018. 2030-32 Oct 2015 Previously Jan 2015 ***(*) (casks, bottling March 2015) shiny dark red robe. Violet airs feature in a cosy aroma – this is a serene, neatly packaged bouquet. It isn’t expansive, has few dark spots in it. The palate connects well to the nose: this is charming, easy, accessible. The shape is round. Its fruit is delicate. Gives the feel of young vines in its relatively light depth. It is en finesse. From spring 2016. 13.5°. Only 10,000 b this year. €17 export. 2024-26  Jan 2015

2012 ()

red robe. Open arms, stylish nose with red fruits, black soil leanings, liqueur of raspberry, a touch of licorice. The palate combines freshness and a notably juicy red fruit, with its mineral thread true to Cornas. Its tannins fit in well. It builds well, stamps its foot at the end. This is going the right way, is a true Cornas with a smoky, rocky sign-off. This will fuse. From late 2017. 2027-28  Oct 2015

2011 ()

(casks) dark robe, purple and black, legs fown the glass. This has lightly grilled, blackberry, sweet and mulled raspberry, nutty airs, with tenderness provided by violet and floral influences. The palate shows full fruit with acetate in it for now, but that is not offensive. The fruit spreads and amplifies as it goes, has a soaked red cherries appeal. Strong heart, plenty of depth here – this will display pretty abundant fruit from 2015-16. 2023-25  Nov 2012

2010

(casks) dark robe, plenty of colour, black tints. Attractive, inviting, take your time nose – a more feminine style of Cornas – displays blackberry jam, is softly scented, even a Burgundian fineness here – the content is good, nothing showy, licorice air runs across the bouquet. Blackberry fruit straight away on the palate, has supple features, is juicy and easy to drink. It is restrained at the end by some ripe, well-judged tannins. It has pleasure written into its youth. There is a very correct sequence of fruit, then grain, on the palate. It is a pretty wine, not very complex, w.o.w. for its first three years and maybe beyond give its texture. The fruit is scented, but its ripeness is a touch exaggerated, a bit floppy. From 2013. 2022-23 Nov 2011

2009

(casks) dark colour; smoky top air that hovers above a mass of prune, black stone fruit that is accompanied by a little ripple of tea and dampness. Overtly rich start to the palate, which offers plenty – is fleshy, robust, well-packed. Has a tarry, licorice late grain and finishes both profoundly and clear-cut. A get on and go type of Cornas, not a mystery parcel. Good, uncomplicated drinking in the making. From late 2012. 2020-23 Nov 2010

2008 ()

(casks) red, purple robe; compact red berry aroma that has assured depth. Some game, baked airs here also – it is grilled, a little stalky. The palate is led by red, blackcurrant fruits that move carefully, and don`t carry oaking with them until the finish – that is the moment of greatest punch and assertion for now. Workmanlike Cornas, but the fruit gets a little thin towards the end. Decant this. The winemaking has not been overdone. 2018-20 Dec 2009

2007 ()

fine red robe. Welcoming red fruits nose, red berry aroma. Smooth palate fruit, progresses soundly. Well fruited, this is a young, fruited Cornas, more modern than traditional. Expressive, has decent length. More varied and interesting from mid to late 2011. Bottled June 2009. “It has always been open, a lot more so than the 2006,” Albéric Mazoyer. 2020-21 Dec 2009 Previously Dec 2008 *** (casks) quite a dark robe; has a wide, snappy, crisp oaked nose – cherry fruit lies within – it is overtly modern and comes with charcoal and mint lurking. There is brisk cherry fruit on the palate, with some core as it travels – it gains a sleek feel before the oak re-appears on the finish, leading to a firm closure. It isn`t local just now. There is a gummy sensation at the end, maybe a touch of reduction. From 2011. 2019-21 Dec 2008

2004

bonny, quite dark robe. Clear fruit on bouquet, shows the lithe touch of the year, the emphasis on red fruits. Live wine, fresh imprint, has an understated content with an elegant, rounded feel. Length is OK, there's a little tannin on the finish. Simply, unpretentiously done. Accessible wine, just lacks soul, is towards the commercial. Esp 2007 on. 2014-15. April 2006

2002 ()

(cask) smoked raspberry aroma; black fruit starts, then skips. Could have more matter. Licorice end.

2001

black berries/earthy, smoked aroma; vigorous black brewed fruit, decisive. Light tannins. Great for restaurants. Esp 2005 on. 2013-15

1998

well-founded tannins, straight fruit, warm berries on nose. Just a bit of the Cornas squareness. 2011-13.