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100% Syrah (1987-88) on Lancement, 60-70% destemmed, 3-4 week vinification process, pumping overs, can be cap punched, heated finale to the maceration, malo done in cask, aged 33-50% new, 50-67% 2-4 year 228-litre oak casks 17-18 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2013, only made in best years, otherwise goes into Les Triotes, 900-1,200-1,500 b

2019

(cask) dark colour; there is reduction, but the interior of the bouquet is refined, with glistening black cherry, blackberry. It’s very inviting, holds stylish fruit, has excellent clarity. The palate gives free, up tempo black cherry, blueberry, iron spearmint through it. It’s elegant, and a bit less dense than 2018, is a wine of brio, flow, the length fresh. This year this is a high 15° to 15.2°. 28 years Dec 2019

2018 ()

(2-year 228-litre cask, 30% whole bunch) dark red; smoke-iron show in a close-knit bouquet, herbs, too – it’s on potential over display today, blueberry fruit present. It has a firm palate all through, carries much iron oxide, with nerve in the tannins, clear black fruit undertones. This is streamlined, direct, dorsal, ends on shapely cut, firmly packed ripe content. It requires time to get into it, to get into it. It has very firm, well established length, and there’s juice within the rocks. 50% of this will go into Triotes, leaving 1,200-1,500 b of this on its own. From 2025. 2049-51 Dec 2019  £462/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017

(2-year 228-litre cask) dark red. The nose shows promise, but is southern-influenced – black olives, shiny black berries, ripeness, late season style fruits; there is a neat shaft of purity. The palate combines richness with good threads of tang, crunch; it surges on a prolonged wave of flavour. This is atypical Côte-Rôtie, very much a year of sunshine here, the content dense. It ends a touch dry, the content backs off a bit. “It is less rich, less solar than 2015, and is fresher. It’s not necessarily a keeping vintage,” Kévin Garon. From 2021. 2033-35 March 2018

2016 ()

red robe. Soaked red cherries or griottes, ripe raspberry feature only on the surface of the nose; within it’s dense, not obvious. The palate debut is rich, stylish; this is plump, all together, has a savoury late stretch. Raspberry and notably mulberry are its central flavour. Oak and ripe tannins bring lip smack, some thickness. It has the time to refine, clarify, hit its stride. There is a touch of late cut, a vegetal presence, from the stems. It can move to ****(*). 13.5°. Bottled end Feb 2018. 1,200 b. €107. “It was more aromatic in cask," Kévin Garon. From 2021-22. 2036-38 Mar 2018

2015

(cask) dark robe. The nose broods in its lair, a thick layer of cassis, blueberry fruit at its centre, with some refined oak toast, varnish. The palate has structure and width, carries a definite clack of mineral through it, lead pencil on the finish. This is shapely, handsome wine for the longer term, is well filled with blueberry fruit. 13°. 1,200 b. GB £450 6 b i/b Clarion Wines info@clarionwines.co.uk www.clarionwines.co.uk +44(0)208 747 2069. From mid-2019. 2033-36  Oct 2016

2014

(1 year 228-litre cask) good dark red robe. Has a really pure, beau nose that gives great finesse of black cherry fruit. It is tenderly presented, is a real winner, very bonny, comes with a little sweetness and a hum of florality. There is an elegant run of fruit along the palate, with tannins fitting in well, glove-like, after the mid-point. It ends on a tasty roundness, and the palate also develops quiet weight. Admirable, long, rockabilly Côte-Rôtie. “This is the style of wine I really want to make; I like the small point of acidity that works well, and which will encourage its life,” Kévin Garon. 2032-34  Apr 2015

2013 ()

bottled two weeks ago, note. Sustained dark red robe. This is a good bouquet. A winning smile is delivered, an appealing sweetness of black cherry, and a likeable restraint in the fruit. It is very Blonde on the nose in fact, the fruit aroma soft and deep. The palate offers wavy fruit, a continuous roll of lissom blueberry, dark fruit, that leads into a good, crunchy stretch of tannin, and an aftertaste of mocha, oak. It has good quality fruit depth and the potential to be a caressing wine with age, especially at 6 to 8 years’ old. It holds fine juice that really persists, is long. “It absolutely must be put aside for four or five years. I find it a wine apart from our other cuvées,” Kévin Garon. 13°. From 2018. 2029-31  Apr 2015