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98-100% Syrah, 0-2% Viognier, 67% from mica-schist soils and a little clay on Chavaroche (1982, 1984), 33% from Lancement (1967), destemmed, 3 week concrete vat vinification at 28°C, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 15-25% new, 75-85% 1-10 year 228-litre oak asks 18 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2008, 3,600-7,000 b

2018 ()

(cask) dark robe; the nose shows inner sweetness on its fruit, a black cherry foundation, has a little tender, floral presence. The palate engages right away via soft-toned cherry fruits, supple tannins in the mix, a flexible couch underpinning it. It’s an upfront Rôtie based on immediate fruit, with a little scenting. There’s oak on the after taste, so allow until 2022 for that to be less obvious. 2036-38 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks) dark, filled robe. The nose has depth, presents blackberry fruit with pockets of oaking, a little blood-iron in the trail. It’s a solid start. The palate is shapely, has good structure and enjoyable fruit that is free in its delivery, the length sustained en finesse, a little quiet. This is stylish, inviting, and will live well, its balance good. 100% Syrah. 13.5°. From 2021. 2039-41 Dec 2018

2016

(casks) dark red robe. The bouquet isn’t really together yet; there is a baked angle, a grapiness, a hint of iodine. The palate comes with black raisin fruits, spartan tannins that dominate the late moments, the aftertaste long, and on quiet crunchiness. This stands naked for now, and needs three years to fuse and start to expand. It has a good, rocky essence at its heart, isn’t at all obvious. There is the raw material for an interesting glass in time. 13°. From late 2020. 2032-34 Nov 2017

2015 ()

a taste of Chavaroche: 1) Chavaroche sud, sugars, malo completed, vat ***(*) dark robe. Has a broad, open nose with several rolls of black berry fruit in it. This is gourmand, fat, tasty, has inner strength. I note more degree than 2014 – it is 13.5°. There is good gras in it. 19 years. “I have never seen degrees as I did in 2015 – 14° to 14.5°,” Bernard Chambeyron. 2034-36  Oct 2015

2014 ()

different parts tasted: 1) Chavaroche, the highest, most northern part, a little clay in the mica schist, 5 year 228-litre oak cask ***(*) attractive, quite full red robe. Black cherry features in a nicely suave, rounded bouquet. The palate holds bright, clear fruit, the texture smooth, the tannins fine. It keeps going, too and is comfortably long and fresh as it finishes. This is fine, has good cut. 12 years. 2) Chavaroche, 50 metres away but more rocky soil, 4 year 228-litre oak cask ***(*) shiny dark robe. Graceful aroma of black cherries – the bouquet is broad and well curved. The attack is tasty, delivers immediate dark berry fruit, some oak. It lengthens on mineral notes, the fruit pure. Has confident depth. 12+ years. 3) Lancement, 1967 Serine, rocky soils, 4 year 228-litre oak cask **** dark robe. Blackberry, notably cool, fruit on the nose, which has tension, is interesting. The palate is a little on reduction, but has a solid heart, comes with perfume in the air. The tannins fit in well. This is a cool wine all round, has both grip and nerve. The length is good. This is promising. “I may do a little of this on its own,” Mathieu Chambeyron. 14 years. OVERALL a very solid ***(*) Lancement with its cool, assured notes is a key contributor, so I hope not too much is siphoned off for a potential solo cuvée of that. Nevertheless, the Chavaroche wines are good and deep for a proper evolution. From 2018-19. 2027-29 Oct 2015  

2013 ()

pretty dark red. The nose is interesting – gives airs of violets, prune, is starting to open. There is variety to come. The palate is dark and tarry, with prune juice and full tannins that push forward. This is muscular, butty, manly wine. It ends on date and prune, close-knit black fruit jam. It connects to its sullen rocks faithfully. It goes long. Drink with traditional country foods, red meats. “The crop was small, only 30 hl/ha this year,” Bernard Chambeyron. Only 3,750 b. Bottled Aug 2015. 13°. From 2018. 2028-30  Oct 2015 Previously Jan 2015 **** (casks) dark robe. There is a light drift of violets, primrose flowers across the nose with a good inlay of black fruit, a hint of licorice. It gives an attractive run of black fruits along the palate, has a cool texture throughout. This is digestible drinking; it has style, ends running, on the up. There is good pace in the fruit. A wine of solid qualities. 13°. €23 ex cellars. From 2017 2027-29 Jan 2015

2012 ()

quite a dark red. There are blackberry and prune airs, along with licorice and flowers, light pepper and tar on the nose. The palate gives gummy fruit which is lozenge-like, and quite firm tannin. This is traditional in style, with an honest depth and solid heart. It is good, grounded wine that has tension and a note of lead pencil on the exit. It is something of a rough diamond,  with unrefined tannins. Decant it. 13°. From mid-2017. 2026-27 Oct 2015 Previously Nov 2013 *** (casks) dark robe. Black cherry jelly, very primary air, comes with freckles of grain and dust, a slight vegetal angle and notes of violet. The palate is discreetly solid, accumulates its heart by stealth, so ends on a quietly full grip. More than meets the eye here. The fruit itself isn’t prominent, but the weight of matter assures its future development. The finish is elemental, vegetal. Raw as it stands. From 2016. 2024-26  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) healthy dark red; brewed, baked combination across the nose – it has a raisin, compressed red fruit nature. The palate offers a good roll of fruit in an immediate style, and is not far from ready. It just has to settle some dark tannins and their charcoal edge at the end. A solid Côte-Rôtie that persists well, in chunky fashion. It is grounded, STGT-like, good and thorough, and reflects well on its two noble sites. From 2014. 2026-28 Nov 2012