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Syrah (1941, massale, Sérine) from 0.3 hectare on Tupin, & from 1.4 hectares (1993-99, massale, Sérine), southern sector on gneiss & quartz soils, 20-25 day carbonic maceration, “vinified in the image of Jules Chauvet”, no pumping overs, aged 2-6 year old 228-litre oak casks 24 months (new oak casks 2000-2005 for 24 months) with no racking, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2000, 2,000 b

2019

(cask) dark red; there are savoury notes on the nose, raspberry, mulberry red fruits. It has density, packing, airs of smoky rocks. The attack is firm, with a steady run of cooked red fruits, a coulis with iron in it, raspberry, energy within. This is a top drop, has balance and freshness. There are rose moments, including on the aftertaste. This gives much immediate appeal, is delightful, and there’s more to come. “it has an airborne side to it – it’s a long time since I saw that. The key is that I harvested it after the rain [25 mm/1in], and the rain brought the balance; I harvested the So’Brune before the rain,” Jean-Michel Stéphan. From 2023. 2043-45 Dec 2019

2018

(228-litre cask, bottling Sept 2020) bright, dark red robe; has a composed bouquet with firm, ripe red fruits, a sense of caramel which is rather thick. The ripeness is more dense than the 2019 profile. The palate is also on a savoury, steady filling, red cherry fruit, redcurrant with smoky iron, real late grip, while clench tannins couch it, Futon style close packing there. This will only gradually open. “it is fresh, firmly grounded, has always been hard, isn’t a wine of pleasure. You really have to wait – 20 years – it may not be on fruit then, but that’s just too bad,” Jean-Michel Stéphan. From 2025, decant it. 2044-46 Dec 2019

2017

(used 2002 228-litre cask) handsome red colour. There is an intense raspberry stream from the centre of the bouquet, some blueberry; it comes with mystery, and is well channelled. The palate has a blood, iron flavour within its package of red fruits that possess sun and strength, with a leaning towards soaked fruits; but the freshness keeps the game on the move. There’s a good wave of late fruit and gras, and there is some grunt factor here. It ends on soaked cherries, has a little Volatile Acidity. €94, expensive. From 2021. 2033-35 March 2018

2016

(used 228-litre cask, bottling Sept 2018) good, quite full red robe. The nose has a vivid, early aroma of raspberry with blood-iron mineral takes included; it is notably lucid. This is a mineral, hauteur wine, very much in its own world, on its iron and restraint. It is cool throughout, comes with a mix of blue fruit and raspberry, is STGT, naked, with bingo truth. It is arresting, individual wine, for the enthusiasts. It has ace definition, with stylish red fruit at the helm. From 2021 or so. 2036-37 Mar 2018

2015

(used 228-litre oak cask) there is a rounded sweep of blackberry and a ripe prune intensity on the nose. There is low-key acetate on the palate, black cherry fruit, neat tannins that are well inserted, giving it propulsion. The sign-off is grainy, a bit chunky. It is a rounded style of wine, a bit Spartan. “It could have finished more harmoniously if I had picked after the rain,” Jean-Michel Stéphan. 14-15 years Dec 2015

2014 ()

(used 228-litre oak cask) clear red robe. Has a lively, open nose that offers scented blackberry, and spring flowers, violets – it is very lucid. The palate connects closely to the nose, bears streamlined red cherry, redcurrant fruit, small red fruits. Its has attractive purity, low-key tannin, is a Burgundian style, slow gain, fine wine. 11-12 years. “2014 is very crystalline,” Jean-Michel Stéphan. Dec 2015

2013 ()

dark, full robe. A mulled blackberry and a coulis of raspberry fruit aroma features in a pretty dense, thick bouquet, that also shows prune fruit, a hint of violet. This builds depth from within, holds a concerted layer of black stone fruit, along with mulberry, tobacco and smoke after that. There are some salty touches in its make-up. It travels long, delivers inky moments late on, lead pencil and menthol. Complex, beau, true, STGT wine. Tarry and floral moments appear on the finish. 12°. 1,200 b. €75. Bottled Sept 2015. “I would give this a life of around 10 years,” Jean-Michel Stéphan. 2026-27  Dec 2015 Previously Nov 2013 ***(*) (cask, sugars fermented through, no press wine in it, 12.3°) sound, dark robe. Spicy, healthily full nose with a handsome depth and smoky touches. The palate fruit has dash, a clear thread, evident acidity and late, agreeable aromatic spots. The fruit is cool, blueberry-like, the length clean. “It was more t annic and less aromatic, with less acidity, but is now very interesting,” Jean-Michel Stéphan. 10 years of life, for instance. Nov 2013

2012 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: WINE IN THE CLASSIC CUVÉE

2010 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED – loss of 55% crop across the domaine

2009

(steel tank, malo done, 10 gm of sugar to go) bright purple, black robe; smoky, red fruits, blackcurrant leaf aroma – classy elegance. The palate is also very elegant, has great texture and a caress of fine black fruits – a promising wine, indeed. It has a fine grain, is very well-knit, gracious wine. 16 years life. Nov 2009

2008

red with a full core; has a rather yeasty, grounded, blackberry air. There is a confident stretch out of black fruit along the palate, which shows good life, has subtle, light touch tannins. Not a wine of fixed character – the nose and the palate differ, each has its own character. The length is grainy, bringing in floral, powdery tannins. It persists quietly. 12°. 2024-25 Feb 2012 Previously Nov 2009 ***(*) (casks) cherry notes in the robe; has a rather steady, intense nose – black cherry jam with a smoky backdrop. Interesting fruit debut to the palate, comes with a sunny veneer, a kind sweep of aromatic fruit, iris influences. There is definite tannin, really good, quite persistence and ensemble. Plenty to come – it mixes tannin and clear black fruits such as black cherries (“typical of Tupin, then it becomes kirsch-like when evolved”, J-M S). To be bottled Sept 2010. 2020-21 Nov 2009

2007 ()

the most bold, black robe of his three 2007s. Has a careful, black fruits nose that mixes blackberry and flowers, and is very appealing. The palate offers tasty black fruit – this is really easy to drink, a slightly sweet delight. It is pretty classic, dark-fruited Côte-Rôtie, a wine of good length, with a chewy licorice taste at the end. Good STGT wine. “It was very reductive during its cask raising. It will be exceptional around 2016-18,” J-M Stéphan. 2022-23 Nov 2009 A full crop of 2,000 b this year

2006 No Rating

only 600 b

2005

(casks) dark robe; brewed, casseroled aroma – wide and plenty here with raisin and prune, just a bit burnt but clear enough overall. Raisin flavour returns on the palate, the content though is rich. Gains tannins and is rather demanding for now, but the core of richness returns at the finish. Wild man wine, outside the stylistic highway, with its demanding tannins. From 2010. 2016-18 Nov 2006

2002 No Rating

NOT MADE

2001 ()

(cask) alert, spiced wild red berry jam aroma; spicy, clear red fruit becomes more licorice/vanilla - oak kicks in. Expressive. 2011-12

2000

springy, simmering blackberry fruit aroma; smoky black fruit, very clear with leather/licorice fringes. From 2006. 2013-15