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100% Syrah from schist soils on Montmain (1987-1990), (contained 5-6% Viognier until mid-2000s, contained Le Plomb (1996) until 2013), northern zone, destemmed, alcoholic fermentation at 18°-19°C, 4 daily pumping overs & cap punchings, followed by 6-7 week maceration at up to 37°C, cultured yeasts, 4 daily pumping overs & cap punchings, followed by 6-7 week maceration, aged 30% new, 70% 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks, & some 300-litre oak casks 13 months (was 24 months until 2003), unfined, unfiltered, half bottled, half sold in bulk to Ferraton Père & Fils, “my Rôtie of finesse”, 7-9,000 b

2019 ()

(used 228-litre cask) bright red; has an easy, giving red fruit aroma, Burgundian style, is very fine. The palate gives a lucid run of red fruits, is approachable, even swift, with fine tannins, oak a little. It has good nerve, and will be a gradual gainer in amplification. The oak needs to enter a bit, which is logical. From 2023. 2038-40 Dec 2019

2018

dark red; blackberry, light prune, mulled raspberry fruits mingle on the nose, some floral tones. The palate has a sense of closing down, shows red berries, gummy richness with supple, squeezy tannins. This is honest country wine, could be fresher, has 2018 run rays in it, but isn’t heady. It’s rather concentrated towards the finish, has a fibrous strength late on. “It was a lot more open; the lower yield, 30 hl/ha, concentrated it,” Cédric Parpette. Decant it. 13°. Bottled end Aug 2019. From mid-2021. 2037-39 Dec 2019

2017

shiny dark red; the nose is authentic, shows crushed raspberry airs, lurking rose hip, a little iron and smoke. This is real genuine, traditional style Rôtie, comes with fleshy and appealing content, the tannins round and ripe, the aftertaste gummy. It has a little spine to guide it, and it ends on low-key crunch, wet stones. Bottled six weeks ago. 13°. €30. From 2021. 2035-37 Dec 2018

2015

1) (new 228-litre cask, malo nearly completed, not racked since Sept 2015) **** dark robe. The top air is reductive, but the bouquet has good filling, with violets, mulled fruits, the fruit layered. This is good off the bat, offers black cherry and blackberry fruit, has a savoury second half, with gusto. It’s working with rather than against its oak. It has jaunty depth, appealing. There is a clack of clear tannin on the close. 2030-32 2) (4 year 228-litre cask) **** dark colour. Meat stock, blood, a deep nose with a good pile of raspberry and blackberry. There is good strength on the palate, with live feel content. The tannins are clear again. It ends with no sense of alcohol – it is 14°2. The balance is good. It goes long, freshly, is nice and broad. 2034-35 April 2016

2014 ()

bottled end Oct 2015: dark, shiny robe. Has a direct, bustling nose, blackberries, vim in the glass, light black pepper, a hint of flowers. The palate strikes out on dark berries with vigorous, salted tannins, ending on sweet-noted fruit. A go-go style, no messing around, like him. The tannins are indeed good and clear-cut, crisp and salted, and play a good role. “It has a lot of matter, is a good year. I did a long maceration at up to 35°C-37°C, which extracted a lot,” Cédric Parpette. 13°. 2026-27 April 2016

2002

(cask) decent fruit on nose; peppery, chewy touches, maybe 9 years.

2001

(cask)ripe enough, floral nose; black fruits, cool texture, some spice. Touch dry on end. 2010/11

2000

light spice, jam bouquet; tender, elegant wine, suave. Prune, red jam, lightly tannic aftertaste. More variety from 2004/05.