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The Wines

from young Côte-Rôtie vines and plateau Syrah 1950s to 2000, 5% own crop, 95% purchased crop from the northern Drôme, northern Ardèche (50% own crop until late 2000s), destemmed, 2-3 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs (no cap punching since late 2000s), 70-100% steel vat, 0-30% 3-4-5-6 year oak cask raised 8 months, (until mid-2000s aged 2-3 year oak 12 months), unfined, filtered, IGP Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes until mid-2010s, “drink with charcuterie, braised meats”, 60-65,000 b, up from 15,000 b late 2000s

2016 ()

bright red robe. Has a notably spicy, free running bouquet, black berry with mild raspberry. There is some darkness, mystery in it. The palate presents good, brisk, clear-cut red fruits with life and clarity, a bit of tar towards the finish: this is w.o.w. wine. It drinks well solo, prompted by its clarity, stand at the zinc and enjoy, or go with grills. €10. Bottled May 2017. To 2021 Nov 2017

2015

steady red robe. The nose is on reduction, damp soil, blackberry jam, a nice volume of fruit, black olives. The attack is good, has a joli richness with a suave feel to the tannins, and a gourmand, decent length. It closes on an attractive mineral grain, florality. This is a true wine. Decant it. “It was more open six months ago,” J-M Gérin. 13.5°. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2012

bright, quite dark red. Has a live but easily fruited berry aroma, a mix of blackberry and cassis. The palate strides out freely; the fruit is immediate and bonny. Drink this young and free. It can arrange its finish which is tight after its bottling 2 weeks ago. The tone is fresh, drinkable, skips along, is w.o.w. wine. On the button, can be drunk solo. 12.5°. To 2017. €10 at the cellars.   Nov 2013

2007

springy black fruit aroma that rocks along, gives a light fruit gum effect, also licorice. The palate mixes a direct fruit with a little richness. Has a good point of clarity at the end and some “darkness” and a peppery sprinkle from its tannin. Ideal for barbecues. “Two glasses when you're tired, more when you're not,” J-M G. €5 for export. 2013-14 March 2009

2006

bouquet is reserved but has possibilities – shows some latent raspberry, a touch of jam and some violet. There is a sweet-toned attack – this is nicely and quietly gourmand. Some late charm, too, as it finishes cleanly and roundly. Very drinkable already, a month or two before its bottling. It isn't very full at the end, but works well, drinks well. To 2012. June 2007

2001

beefy nose; sound fruit, gutsy wine

2000

lightly earthy, smoked nose; funky fruit - blackcurrant, clean.