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Syrah (1967) from mica-schist soils on Lancement, destemmed, 3 week concrete vat vinification at 28°C, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 30% new, 70% 1-10 year 228-litre oak asks 25 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2015, 1,200 b


(cask) very dark robe; the bouquet is butty, filled, a meaty affair, charged with black fruit, smoulders in the glass. The palate is also concentrated, bears busy fruit that criss-crosses the palate with gusto, develops a firm finish, comes off the schist lands accurately. Wow, this is persistent! There’s a sparky cluster of blue fruit on the finish. From 2023. 2045-47 Nov 2019


(casks) dark robe; the nose has a ground force about it, shows black olives, a little sweetness in its compact black fruited aroma, is cool, has potential. The palate works well on its smooth texture, carries black cherry with layered tannins that increase the depth late on, a slight sense of power on the prolonged finish. This is upright, well structured, will need until 2022 to be in a more fused state. It suggests a schist, northern sector origin in its iron coolness. The length is very good, very steady. 14°. 100% Syrah. 2039-41 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(cask) fulsome, handsome robe, black centrally, purple top. The nose sweeps across the glass with a bonny abundance of black fruits, cherries, that are brightened by a saltiness, and charmed by a light note of violets. This is an engaging start! The palate rolls along with notably stylish black fruits, black berries with well tuned-in tannins adding a sleek and elegant extra layer. This has good heart, is a true, STGT Côte-Rôtie with dash and high appeal: it expresses Lancement extremely well. The fruit is excellent, the sign-off nicely inky. 13°. From spring 2020. 2031-33 Nov 2017