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95% Syrah, 5% Viognier, the classic Giroflarie blend with more Mollard (1970s) in it, destemmed, 25 day vinification in 52 hl tronconic oak vat, max temperature 28°C, pumping overs, some cap punching, aged 75-80% 400-litre, 500-litre, 600-litre oak casks, 15-25% 300-litre oak casks 12-14 months, total new oak 25-40%, Hungarian, French and Russian oak used, a selection of PJ’s favourite casks, and bottled after the second full year, another 10 months of raising and a 3rd racking, unfined, unfiltered, Oléa is a jasmin plant’s flower, intended as top of the range wine, 1-2,000 b

2018 ()

(new 300-litre cask) dark robe. There is a good stream of fruit on a mixed nose, oak surrounding it, it has some style. The oak gives a little pliant texture on the palate, caramel-cocoa. The fruit is black, like blackcurrant, has sweetness, a little refinement. It ends on marked density. This is not my cup of tea. From 2023. 2043-45 Dec 2019

2016

dark red; noticeable oak on the nose leading to a brothy effect, licorice, with dense blackberry, but the fruit masked by the oak. The palate is similar, the oak showing immediately. It needs time to get together, since there is oak early and late (chocolate), and some cassis, blue fruit in between. The matter is very compact. An international wine style, a pity. “My error of too much oak; there is less oak on the 2017,” Patrick Jasmin. 13°. €55 at cellars. From 2023. 2041-43 Dec 2019

2015

(400-litre cask, the final blend, bottling Nov/Dec 2017) intense dark red. Has a broad, oaked nose, a liqueur of black cherry with blueberry, a hint of mocha. The palate declares its oak right away, and carries a meaty depth, crunchy tannins, oak in the final stages. This is serious, ground force, thick wine, a muscular do. It’s still very much in the cellar. I’m not sure how distinct it is from the classic (now called La Giroflarie), apart from the oak. One for the young folk to drink, especially well after 2020 – into the mid-2020s to start it off. 2035-38 July 2017