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100% Syrah (early 1990s) from schist soils on Bonnivières, 65-70% destemmed, 15-18 day vinification, wild yeasts, twice daily pumping overs, 1 cap punching, aged 60% 300-litre, 20% 228-litre, 20% 500-litre oak casks 10 months, fined, unfiltered, called Hautes Vignes until 2018, 5,500 b

2018 ()

full red robe; the bouquet is a swarthy, sun-influenced affair, on black berry fruit, bacon. The palate gives a good offer of secure red fruits with iron filings that serve to lift the late stages. It flirts with floral influences. Its finish is still a bit too decisive, so allow a year or so. It has good integrity. €12.55 export via Thorman Hunt, GB. 2033-35 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(1 year 300-litre cask, bottling Sept 2018) full red robe. Has a neatly collected blackberry fruit aroma, with minting, good beat in the fruit. The palate links closely, holds suave content and tannins with its cassis, ripe fruit; the content is fleshy and pliant. It’s touch low on acidity, ends roundly. There is a real sphere here, a rolling ball. It’s an open pleasure wine. 2022-23 Mar 2018

2016

deep, full red. Has a good, complete bouquet that mixes blackberry and loganberry, smoke and dried herbs, is inviting. The palate issues engaging red fruited content, has nerve, and good, decisive carry, finishes on liqueur fruit concentration. Pockets of iron help the interest level, the fruit cooled from them. This is sunny and appealing. 13°. 2026-27 Mar 2018

2015

½ bottle: deep red. The nose is bold, on liqueur fruit, ample blackberry, lozenges of them, raspberry liqueur. This is rich and fluid, a typical 2015 with good entry tannins, fresh and compact – they have spark. It ends on a bit of vegetal crunch, nicely. Good drive and weight act in tandem here. It’s at a rocky stage now, so leave until 2020. Has real good length, way to go. 12.5°. 2028-29 Mar 2018

2014

½ bottle: quite a dark red robe. Grilled, floral, strawberry coulis or jam, mulberry fruit airs show on the nose. The palate is a bit turned in on itself, a spartan line through it, with floral-rose instincts. It lacks the lift of the best, and the sure depth. It ends on a mild red berry flavour, plus crunch. It is decent, genuine, the aftertaste clear. To 2022 Mar 2018