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50% from 280 metres at Saint Cyr (1985-1990), 50% young Côte-Rôtie vines at Besset (2010s, Verenay, northern sector), usually all destemmed (only 70% in 2017), 20-day vinification, pumping overs, a few cap punchings, aged 4-5-6 year 400-litre oak casks 5-6 months & second bottling 12 months 12-13 months, normally unfined, unfiltered, 4,500-6,000 b

2017 ()

(used 400-litre cask, bottling June 2018) full, dark red colour. The nose is well-rounded, shows ample black berry fruit, is pretty immediate. This is the last harvested crop of the vintage. The palate is succulent, facile, holds sweet gras richness, a little powdered tannin at the end. The inclusion of 30% stems aids its finish, changing the texture helpfully. Soaked fruits effects on the nose are repeated on the palate. This is a pleasure wine, not a long keeper. It just edges into ***(*). 2022-23 March 2018


this is Vin de France; it’s back to IGP in 2017, since they forgot to register it as IGP in time this year. Dark red. There is a comfortable, agreeable richness on the nose, crushed black fruits, with violet touches, licorice; they sequel well into the palate, which is tasty, immediate. This gives w.o.w. drinking. The tannins are mild, rounded. It’s a neat ball with fleshy heart, light powder tannins, is perfect for grills. 12.5°. 2022-23 Mar 2018

2015 ()

1) ½ bottle, bottled last week, 40% of the total wine – 2,400 b of the 6,000 b: full robe. Blackberry fruit with vigour and depth comes out on the nose – the fruit is ripe, and there are local Syrah features, some mystery. The palate is round and quite thickly textured. The fruit resembles black stone fruits, with gummy tannins attached. Has an easy, lip-smacking close. Uncomplicated. Its style is like that of a fruit juice from grapes. 12.5°. 2020-21  2) (400-litre cask, for Christmas 2016 bottling, 60% of the total wine of this vintage) ***(*) dark colour. The nose has attractive potential, with floral and black fruit airs, a winning sweetness. The palate runs clearly and with freedom. The flavour moves on black berries. Has stylish potential. It gives gourmandise with a clear delivery. This is good. From 2018. 2025-26  April 2016


(cask, bottling in 3 weeks, Dec 2013) full, dark red. Has a clear air, mineral in its black berry, licorice, peppery, light vanilla set of aromas. The palate strikes out, holds loose flow black fruit, comes with oak touches. All very clear and purposeful. There is agreeable width in its juice before the finish. Easy to drink, plus enough depth to be suited to drinking with food. Modern style wine; I find the mineral of St Cyr here. There is a wee touch of flowers on the aftertaste. “it is lively, quite gourmand, and should usually be drunk within two to three years,” Christophe Bonnefond. €12 at the cellars. From late 2014. To 2018  Nov 2013


(3 year 300 litre oak) rather dense robe; ripe raspberry, mulberry aroma that is rounded and a bit reductive. Has a pleasant, supple palate – offers ripe red fruit with a little oak grain enclosing it. Already drinkable – “we will bottle this in June or July 2010 to keep its fruit and freshness,” Christophe Bonnefond. To 2016. Nov 2009


(to be bottled next week) full red robe; smoky, red jam, mild aroma, also prune and violet. Has a blackberry flavour – its medium weight leads to a crisp, tangy final flavour and cocoa, mocha aftertaste. There is a floral nature pause after half way along the palate. From spring 2010 to allow the acidity to meld more. A sound wine, drink especially 2011-12. 12.3°. To 2014. About10. Nov 2009


open, lively red berry aroma; live, tasty raspberry attack. Good length, persistent fruit. Can go till 2006, great drinking early on.