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100% Syrah, destemmed, crushed, 3-4 week steel vat, vinification at up to 32°C, pumping overs, aged concrete vat 11 months, two rackings, (until mid-2010s aged new, 1-2 year oak casks 9 months), fined, filtered, “drink with game, charcuterie, cheese”, 20,000 b

2017 ()

dark red robe, black at its centre. The nose shows blackberry fruit with a sweet underpinning, is “shiny” and open, has a little savoury side. The palate kicks off on measured red fruits, raspberry, carries mild tannins, drinks well now, the finish clear and pretty precise, a spot of salt-rock face crunch there. It’s good for grills, white meats such as pork, veal. It is bottled already. 13.5°. 2024-25 Dec 2018

2016 ()

slightly matt dark red colour. The nose produces spice with mild red fruits, a minted jam aroma. The palate holds easy content, a brief display of red, perfumed fruits, lacks conviction. There is a knot of smoky tannin on the close, which is almost bitter. 13.5°. 20,000 b. To 2020 Nov 2017

2011

mostly dark robe. Prune, cooked raspberry, soaked red berries aroma – a pretty thorough bouquet. The palate has a loose, free run of black berry fruit after a block of cooked red fruit. A scaled-up Crozes-Hermitage to accentuate immediate impact on the drinker. Good for roasts, for instance. There is plenty to appreciate now. 13°. To 2017  Nov 2012

2010 ()

dark colour; blackberry jam with licorice closely sealed into it on the nose there is some ripe earthiness as its foundation, the fruit discreet but clear. The palate has a broad debut; its raspberry fruit runs well with 2010 freedom, and it lengthens well. Good and drinkable, solo drinking is OK. Has a tarry, pretty complete ending. Drink now to 2016 – it is tasty now. May 2012

2009 ()

full, bright robe. Reductive notions on the nose, soaked black fruits, juice at its heart, good southern zone airs. Sunny attack, suggests a calm, rather elegant length, but the fruit has a high angle to it, and it ends on gamey, rather sour moments. Not sure. 13°. To 2015. April 2011