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The Wines

96-99% Syrah, 3-4% Viognier always from But de Mont, Bassenon, La Triotte (southern zone), Lancement (Blonde zone), Fongeant (above Côte Brune) – all destemmed, with Leyat, Viallière, Berthelon, Montmain, Cognet, Besset (all Brune, northern zone with whole bunches, only a little destemming), with Champon (northern zone, can be whole or destemmed), 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs more than cap punchings, aged 30% new, 70% 1-4 year oak 18-22 months, unfiltered, first wine 2012, “the first Côte-Rôtie to be bottled, based on roundness, lightness, accessibility when young”

2016

1) (Besset, 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier, steel vat, bottling spring 2018) *** red robe. Cooked plums, red fruit jam air, has a succulent leaning. The attack is on pastille red fruits, the mid-palate plump, the close more fine. It’s a bit neutral, a bit simple, but OK. 15 years 2) (But de Mont, steel vat) ***(*) red robe. The nose is restrained, has a sound to pure red fruit aroma, a neat and wee ball of raspberry. The palate offers gentle waves of red fruits with fresh tannins, a cool breeze that its movement. It finishes well, on plenty of fruit. From 2020 or so. 16-18 years 3) (La Triotte, steel vat) **** mild red colour; there are crisp outer edges to the nose, perfume, and spice, red fruits; it’s quite stimulating. The palate rolls with perfume, violets and Pez sweets with a good wheel of red fruits, Pinot associations. Its tannins ask a few questions, and there’s clear rockiness on the close, a good mineral sign-off. From 2020. 17-19 years “It will be on fruit, nice to drink young,” Stéphane Ogier. 2033-35 Nov 2017 4) (La Viallière, 228-litre cask) ****(*) dark red. Intense mulberry and raspberry fruit show with a classic lead pencil presence, good ying and yang, on the nose. The palate strikes out well on a note of raspberry coulis; it moves with great mineral purpose, clusters on floral and iron touches on the close. Complexity and interest here. It holds very purposeful juice, has a real steady delivery, quite thick. Part of this will go into the Village wine, mainly on its own. From 2022. 23 years. 5) (Lancement, 228-litre cask) ***** dark red. Raspberry coulis, thick aroma that “burns” with concentration, has a lozenges style depth. The palate has a sensual start, a textured and plump delivery, is gourmand, aromatic, with pliant, fine tannins right in the wheel. Great appeal on texture, feel here. There’s a lot of fruit, also flair in the delivery. There is iron the finish. A little of this will go into the Village wine. From 2023. 24 years. OVERALL **** a definite boost for this from the inclusion of some Viallière and Lancement. 2034-37  Nov 2017

2014 ()

red robe. Blackberry with a light sweetness shows on the nose – the aroma moves towards soaked red berries, welcomes openly, and will be interesting and varied around 2020. This is juicy, very clear wine that is going well now. It ends on a lightly scented, calm roundness. It is tasty, fluid, unfussy, a near w.o.w. Côte-Rôtie. 12.5°. 2026-27  Apr 2016

2013

shiny red robe. Has a nicely classic Côte-Rôtie nose that shows more black than red berries, licorice drifts, some dark Rum Baba and brandy cake notes. There is a graceful moment on the attack before its body mass comes through with a deeper collection of tannin in tow. This is thorough, rather splendid: there is a gourmandise inside a filled frame. 12.4°. Bottled July 2015. From 2019. 2028-30  Apr 2016