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100% Syrah from schist soils on Le Plomb (1996), northern zone, destemmed, 5-7 day alcoholic fermentation at 18°-19°C, 4 daily pumping overs & cap punchings, followed by 6-7 week maceration at up to 37°C, aged 30-100% new, 0-70% 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks, & some 300-litre oak casks 20-22 months, unfined, unfiltered, crop sold to Chapoutier before first wine 2013, “my robust Rôtie”, 3,000 b

2019

(new 228-litre cask) dark red; cherry fruit, reduction in a vigorous nose that holds well, has bright raspberry fruit. The palate offers charming red fruits, develops tannins that extend it, the length good. The content is compact, well sealed. There’s a late gain in depth, and it sustains on the close. 2039-41 Dec 2019

2018 ()

(used 228-litre cask, bottling Apr 2020) dark red; the nose is raw, has a fiery darkness, inky concentration, an air of raspberry liqueur. The palate gives a thick black cherry fruit coulis flavour, with near dried fruits, raisin and date, late on, plus oaking. It’s grounded, has a lot of late density. It’s interesting, challenging, the length chewy, slight dryness on the finish. From 2023. 2038-40 Dec 2019

2017

dark red; the nose is varied, cordite in it, blackberry liqueur, Rum Baba cake. The palate has a firm debut, iron running right through it, hints of violet, a burst of late black fruit, the close thorough – it hangs in there. It bears a ripe essence of fruit, prune even, the cooked raspberry on the aftertaste. It is coherent, solid, with a careful close, can come along. From 2022. 2037-39 Dec 2019

2016

dark red. The nose is lucid, has good spring in it, is low-key, but accurate, with red berries neatly lined up. There’s a mineral undertone, a safe iron couch, light violet in behind. The palate exudes its lead pencil theme, is spinal as it stands, with flashes of red berry, raspberry around, ending on some rocky crunch. This is intricately woven together, is a take your time wine, a real mineral Côte-Rôtie. Decant it. 13°. €40. From mid-2021. 2039-41 Dec 2018

2015 ()

(new 228-litre cask, malo still ending) very dark, more than Montmain 2015 also. You can dwell on this nose – it has a most appealing black cherry, blackberry filling, violet notes of attraction, also red meat. This is stylish – it gives a really good run of black cherry, persistent fruit, a pedigree fine-ness. The balance is good, and the tannins fit in as an ensemble. This is a winner. The length is excellent. It has the very elegant gras richness for the new oak, which is 100% this year. “You have to wait a long time for this,” Cédric Parpette. 14°. From 2020-21. 2036-38  April 2016

2014

(1 year 228-litre cask) shiny dark red robe, darker than Montmain. Has a rolling, bonny black berry fruits on the nose, squid ink, red meat: it is substantial. The attack is firm, delivers lots of fruit, is nicely free wheeling. Its tannins are crisp and latterly firm. There is belle structure late on. It holds good pulp of fruit, with the live tannins doing a good job. Authentic Côte-Rôtie. 30% new oak. From mid-2018. 2027-29  April 2016

2013 ()

dark robe. The nose is pretty big, gives an aroma of sultry dark fruit, forest floor touches, a little sweetness and curve. There is an air of soaked raspberries plus a nudge of flowers, violets, and some cool mineral. This carries wholesome content with clear tannins around it; it has a no messing around, direct style and swings along with gusto, on mineral more than fat, but the juice has a little ball of gras at its centre. The close is robust. It has a pretty genuine, grounded style, and could be a shade more refined on the finish. 13°. From 2018. 2027-28  April 2016