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100% Syrah (1987-2005) from schist soils on Montlys, 90% destemmed, 5 day cooling at 14°C, then 3-4 week vinification of both varieties, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, aged new 228-litre Tronçais oak casks 36 months without racking, 300 gm of crop per vine instead of usual 600-800 gm, unfined, filtered, first wine 2013, 12 Jereboams, 100 magnums, 1,500 b


(cask) very dark, thorough robe; the nose is wide, intense, Southern prompts in it, dense blackberry jam, tapenade of black olives, black raisin, chocolate – the South has come North here. The level of concentration on the palate dictates maximum patience, with a feel more from the Southern Rhône than up here. Hence time must serve to lessen that imprint. It just avoids baking on its compact close, and the finish-aftertaste carries a relative liberty, clarity. It hasn’t yet done its malo (wow!), is clear, static, won’t budge further on the vinification front. It is 16.4°, which isn’t evident; it is more based on its richness and strength. “It’s atypical, vintage related, is just 10 hl/ha, will live 50 years - you will never have seen the likes of this in your long career in the Rhône,” Christophe Semaska. From 2028. 2054-56 Dec 2019

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full robe, dark core. Mixed black berry fruits, blueberry, blackberry, feature with black olive tapenade on the nose, It gives a sealed frontage on black paste, the oak adding density. It’s hardly moved yet. The palate has a muscular make-up, with inky darkness and plenty of firmness, the oak re-appearing on the finish. It carries a stubborn style, and the mix of vintage ripeness and oak renders it slow-burn. From 2025 - the longer the wait, the more it will bear nuance, which it needs. “Wait 10 years,” Christophe Semaska. 14.5°. 1,500 b. 2043-45 Dec 2019 Dec 2019 Previously Apr 2016 **** (new cask) very full robe. There is a mix of pepper, flowers, near exotic fruits, soaked black cherries in the nose. This has a low-key sweetness; its gras is abundant and fluid, rolls out all along. It goes deep, holds much soaked fruit. The tannins have some spark to close it. It is a Big Unit. There is a lot of texture to play with here. It is very gourmand, but clear. GB £960 6 b i/b Clarion Wines info@clarionwines.co.uk www.clarionwines.co.uk +44(0)208 747 2069. From 2015. 2039-41 Apr 2016

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(new cask) dark robe. Rose, sweet red fruits, mulberry, blackberry coulis, toasting all show on a nose with potential. This glides along, oak along its sides. Has a gourmand style, its tannins squeezy. It is a bit of a cellar production for now. Inside lies concentrated red fruit. There is plenty of gummy late matter. Oak drives the aftertaste. “It is gourmand, fresh, and will take 10 years to assimilate,” Christophe Semaska. From 2023. 2033-35  Apr 2016