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1925-1980 Syrah from mainly La Côte, with Mazards, granite soils, 70-80% destemmed, 3-week fermentation, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 15-25% new, 75-85% 1-6 year 228-litre oak casks & 3 year 228-litre ex white wine casks 20-22 months, filtered, can be fined, 3-16,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) full, dark red robe, black tints. The nose lines up gleaming blackberry fruit, comes with a slightly meaty angle, has density. The palate shows acetate, attacks on a generous wave of mixed black berries, with polished tannins in the wheel, extends with a steady hand. There is a burst of blue fruit that pleases, with its oak largely in sync. This has the potential to be stylish and convincing. It finishes long, and coolly. €46. From 2023. 2044-46 Nov 2019  GB £212/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017 ()

(casks) very dark robe; the nose has a sweet tone of blackberry fruit, the fruit polished, comes in a good stream, a gentle note of violet also present, a little oaking, too. The palate gives succulent dark berry, cherry fruits, travels with velocity, good fit tannins in the game. The fruit strikes a good chord, and this has appeal, with a dash of Cornas coolness on the close, a little vegetal crunch there, the bright fruit right in play to the end. It will develop well. From 2021. 2040-42 Dec 2018

2016

(casks) dark red robe, Black cherries and blackcurrants mingle on the nose, a second tier of raspberry with a touch of delicacy in it. The palate is a meaty affair, right away, has a muscular bearing, is a tight-knit child of the rocks. Its juice is fine, but also mineral all through, and is released grudgingly for now. It’s a true Cornas with the definition that a cool vintage brings, not swaddled in sunny rays throughout the season. There is a tangy, authentic finish marked by tight, rocky tannins. STGT in the glass here, for lovers of The Real Thing. From spring 2020. 2031-34 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) deep, black-tinted robe. The nose is well filled with ripe black berry fruit, has a generous depth, holds up well, shows some oak. The palate courses with blueberry fruit, energy in its make-up, thee tannins fresh and on the rise. This is a complete Cornas with bundles on offer, a real good length and sense of purpose. The finish brings in a gummy nature to the tannins, the oak apparent. This is rather dazzling in style. 14°. 15,000 b. €30 export. From mid-2019. 2033-36 Oct 2016 GB/HK £430 12 b i/b Goedhuis +44(0)207 793 7900 +852 2801 5999 sales@goeduis.com hksales@goedhuis.com www.goedhuis.com GB £450 12 b i/b Clarion Wines info@clarionwines.co.uk www.clarionwines.co.uk +44(0)208 747 2069.

2014

(casks) shiny, full robe. The bouquet present a joli, liberal burst of blackberry, black cherry fruit, its depth secure. It is very primary, and not yet varied, all en primeur. The flavour combines black cherry with a minted, menthol note, allowing a smooth run followed by a clear finish. The tannins are largely well absorbed. This has good shape, and will drink well from 2018. The fruit keeps a good, insistent line, and signs off in tasty fashion. 13.5°. 15,000 b. €28 export. 2026-29 GB £170/6 b in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015

2013

dark red. The nose is reserved, full, tight, sturdy, gives an air of red cherry liqueur, soft rosemary and thyme, some cassis darkness. This has a robust shape, with prominent density of tannin, small nuggets of juice, which aren’t open, as if they come very narrow fissures in the rock granite. This delivers real good Cornas grip on the finish. It is grounded, delivers good truth from the soil, its inner force from there. It has potential a-plenty, is STGT wine. 13.5°. 2032-35  Oct 2015

2012 ()

dark red robe. Oily, wee acetate presence on the nose which has big scope, offers a good, lateral course of berry fruit. It has a central air of raspberry coulis, is varied and will go on well over time. This is robust, produces fine, solid red-fruited content. The tannins are classy, and aromatics come forward on the finish. This is engaging wine, which has a smoky, pumice stone, smoked axis towards the finish. It lengthens well. 14°. “It has an inky nose and a smoky palate,” Albéric Mazoyer. From mid-2018. 2031-33 Oct 2015 Previously March 2015 **** plum red, legs in view. Has a lifted, airborne nose that comes with floral notes, is a bit of a rocker that also offers a note of iron, smoky red berries – local airs. The palate debut is quietly restrained, with lots of finesse, and acidity that keeps it fresh and running. It is still “on the steel”, young wine. The finish is clear, the length beau. It can amplify a little with time, especially on the second half of the palate. 14°. 2030-32 March 2015

2011

dark red robe. The nose is just starting to evolve, gives an aroma of crushed blackberry fruit, liqueur, with some dampness, moist forest floor, has a cool licorice inner. The palate’s fruit is clear, has a similar depth of richness top the nose, with prune and even date on the late stage. This runs on solar, fleshy lines. The finish is complete, comes with good, juicy fluid content. Tannins peek out non the aftertaste. This is enjoyable, rather flamboyant, offers plenty to appreciate, and will appeal. “It has almost never closed,” Lionel Fraisse. 2028-30  Oct 2015 Previously Nov 2012 ***** (casks) dark robe. Wide, sustained aroma of black fruits, with a deep grounding and leather notes. All set to perform. The fruit has dash, flair, rolls along with a salty tang, a drop or two of violets. It hits a tannic buffer quite suddenly, marked by oak and gritty grain. The palate is broad, weighted, dark and currently assertive. Very broad and good-bodied, complete Cornas that is running on a very good track. There is a zing of clarity on the aftertaste, too. 2027-29  Nov 2012

2010

(casks) dark robe; chocolate-black fruits air with a thorough, near dense undertone, some mystery, a bit of crème de menthe, mineral. It is a nose of ripeness. The palate shows a careful start, its tannins are forward, but the fruit is well collected, clear, and spreads evenly across the palate. Nice class in this – it is authentic Cornas, ending on partly baked tannin, so leave until mid-2014. Red stone fruit, simmered plums come through on the aftertaste, with kick from the tannins. Northern zone style – it has good grain and late clarity, is a bright wine and long as well. Close to STGT. 2027-29 Nov 2011

2009 ()

quite a dark red. The nose is into funky zones, crushed red fruits, strawberry jam. The palate has a supple red fruits opening, is a little low on brio, moves with a soft content, fine tannins, just needs a bit more spark. There is a hint of late iron, clarity. This is middle of the road Cornas. There is a note of game towards the close, along with oak and its caramel sweetness. 20% whole bunch, 20 months raising, 15% new oak. 2034-36 Cornas, Dec 2019 Previously Nov 2010 ***** (casks) dark, shiny robe; crunchy black fruit lies in a generally reticent bouquet; it has grilled, nutty asides, but is potentially wide and deep, full of scope. On the palate it is grounded, expansive, and breathes its potential and depth – there is plenty to develop and offer. The ripe tannins meld in well with the juice of the black fruit. Excellent outlook here, the wine is well-balanced, the fruit very good and persistent. From late 2013. 2025-28 Nov 2010

2008 ()

(casks) full, dark red, some black in it. Crunchy black fruit and licorice, also oak, on the nose – has mineral reserve, is promising. The palate is driven along by blackberry fruit whose juice comes across despite its marked oaking, and hence the effect of charcoal and tar. There is decent body in this, has heart, and can develop. The length is OK. From 2012. 2109-21 Dec 2009

2007 ()

dark red, purple. Nutty, grilled airs, rather intense black fruit and prune, scented air beside it. The palate has the depth of aged Syrah, good heart and length. Clear late black fruit here, low-key tannin, also licorice. From late 2011. Agreeable depth in the juice on this. 2020-22 Dec 2009 Previously Dec 2008 ***(*) (casks) bright dark black robe; has an overtly oaked, peppery aroma – there is therefore scale in this, with its air of chocolate: it presents a block of aroma for now. The palate has a solid start – it is broad, and full of heart. The fruit is overt and abundant, is well juiced, with red plum fruits that have life in them. It ends on a more crisp note, as if there is limestone in its roots. There is good carry in the fruit. From 2011. 2021-23 Dec 2008

2006 ()

bright, full red robe; the bouquet gives out crunchy, ripe black fruit, with a point of intensity in it. Pine and a little tar hang around as well – this is still raw and smoky, but its foundation is broad and well set. The palate leads with blackcurrant fruit, and is smoky-oaky from its elevage, the oak giving a licorice taste. The flavours are “dark”, but at the end there is richness and roundness in the fruit, a shimmer of violet, then a burst of oak. From 2011. 2023-25 Dec 2008 Bottled June 2008. €31. Previously Dec 2007 *** (casks) dark, black robe that is quite bright. The nose is reserved; there is a little high tone here, and the aroma comes a touch at arm`s length, with some stewed plums circling. This is an enforced sort of wine, with the extraction evident, as well as its oak. The overall effect is a rather brittle texture, with fruit that is on the stretch. It needs time to integrate – so leave until late 2009. Is pumped up, but may deliver more later on. 2018-19 Dec 2007

2005 ()

black-red colour; deep-seated, oily air to the bouquet, with simmered red berries to the fore, with some game. The palate fruit is trimmed with oak, and ends with that oak apparent. Needs leaving until 2009-10 for all the elements to come together and settle. The red stone fruits in it are not especially fresh. Has a black pepper aftertaste. 2021-23 Dec 2007

2004

steady red robe; liquid honey, complete style nose that is nice and wide, and can gain focus. Shows bacon smoke, licorice, and I note some easing of its oak. “Dark”, grilled, grainy palate that reaches out. There is fine fruit inside – this has nerve and pretty good balance. It lengthens well along the palate, has a well-organised, compact finish. 2020-22 Nov 2010 Previously Dec 2007 **(*) quite a dark red; prune, touch leather aroma, with baked black fruits here. There is damp woods or sous-bois in the forming here, and a little mineral in the air. There is a supple tone to the black berry fruit on the palate, before an oak-tannic lining comes along, and the fruit tapers a little towards the finish. The tannins abound, especially late on. Rather dodgy balance and structure, it appears. 2013-15 Dec 2007 Previously April 2006 *** full robe. Peppery black fruits, tea mix on nose, the aroma darts out in a straight pierce. Rounded, gummy fruit start, gathers depth through the palate. I just get the thought that this has been pushed in the cellar to get here. The fullness doesn`t continue until the finale, tapers. The mid-palate red fruits are live, quite vigorous. Mineral feel on finish. Can get together with time. From 2009. 2020-22. April 2006

2003 ()

(cask) overt black fruit/grilled nose; solid, ripe grapes taste, oily end. Has southern warmth/herbs. An unusual vintage. 2009 on. 2021-24

2002

(cask) toasted/black fruit nose. Quite rich, rolls on nicely. Good fruit, some end chew, acidity also. 2008 on. 2014-16

2001 ()

the red robe has tile tints. Biscuity, jam fruit such as raspberry, spice and licorice, a hint of violet on the nose, plenty of spice box here. The palate is still fresh, leads on tight red fruit, has density, and the tannins are still here, a little rustic in style. This is still in on itself, is a bit wiry. There is grunt within. Spiced red fruit is delivered cautiously, only a little hand out. The crop could have been riper. 13°. 2026-28  Oct 2015 Previously Dec 2013 **** red colour with still a little purple – the robe is attractive, in good shape. The bouquet is open, led by a smoky, dark berry aroma, a real groundswell of woods, pine, bosky elements – it has a slightly fundamental side, while the fruit resembles mulberry, and that comes with some acetate and licorice. This is classic Cornas that combines tannins and flowers, with granite-mineral dabs through it. It holds a fine, triumphant freshness, and ends with a whistling clarity. Interesting, true, STGT Cornas. 10-15 minutes of air encourages raspberry fruit with a tender, floral aspect. Because it is traditional, not brightly fruited, it tastes older and more fragile than it could, but will tick over on this plateau for a good while longer. Day 2: pot-pourri, dried flowers come through strongly on the second half. 13°. 2022-24  Christmas Day, Dec 2013, East Sussex Previously **** bursting, full robe. Dry-toned bouquet on surface, profound below ? a comfortable ease about it. Blackcurrant fruit palate, some high tone present, fairly oily. Dry, pebbly feel on finish. On the fruit, is pretty now, though can go a lot further. Length good. 2019-23

2000 ()

crunchy blackcurrant/raspberry, warm nose; open wine, harmonious black fruit, persists. Correct mineral finish. 2005 on. To 2013-15

1999 ()

big, warm nose, potential. Juicy, tasty attack, very gras. Very good core matter here. Rich and well- balanced. 2016-19

1998

balanced, dark bouquet. Good richness, warmly textured wine. Nicely ripe and fat. 2012-15

1997

quite soft, rich attack, then succeeded by a drying, typically Cornas finish. Very good around 2004. 2010-13.

1996

cooked top edge on nose, some violet. Nice density on palate, has a full core. Solid fruit extract. Quite ripe. Robust. 2010-15.

1995

earthy, stewed black fruits aroma that started a little musty, but changed and moved to a sparkling display of bright red fruits after 90 minutes' air. Maturing flavour at first, but again, the palate is also revived by the air. Lithe berry fruit flavour emerges, with typical Cornas mineral tension in it. Pork belly and lamb shank dishes give it extra life and length, and help to bring out the fruit. Morale of tale: decant, or leave in bottle for at least an hour after opening. Faithful to the year and the place. STGT wine, with plenty more to come, much better than the last bottle. 2015-17 April 2007, New York Previously *** bouquet has moved to gibier - game notes - plus quite oily dark plum fruit, spice also. Black-scented jam taste, a lot of chewiness. Oiliness again on palate, is a touch dry on end. 2006-08.