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100% Syrah from Côte Brune (1930s/1991), schist soils, 80-100% destemmed (20% whole bunches since 2019), 4 day cool maceration, steel vat 3-week vinification, pumping overs, manual cap punchings, temp 25-30°C, aged new 228-litre oak casks 18 months, unfined, unfiltered, 2,600-3,500 b

2015

(cask) deep red robe. The nose is bold, bears southern identity via its full, ripe black fruits, with cooked plum, prune on the agenda. There is a note of oaking. The palate has a chunky style, is well packed into its frame, with a rich core of red berry fruits, raspberries, and their implicit sweetness. The length is good, with a perfumed, musky tone as it closes. Engaging and uncomplicated Côte-Rôtie, with the rays of sun well present in the glass. From mid-2018. 2030-32 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(cask) dark red colour. The nose is bigger than most, has a roast beef, grilled, black berry fruit combine. The palate bears supple blackberry fruit with a tang of tar intensity on the finish. This is pretty naked and subdued as it stands, but can fuse and present an agreeable glass. 13°. 3,500 b. €33.50 export. From 2018. 2025-27  Oct 2015 

2012

(new 228-litre oak cask) rather dark, sombre robe. The nose has an air of essence of black fruits, a savoury style, strawberry jam, is fat and obvious. Has a brioche topping, confident width. The palate encloses on red, southern zone fruit jam with a little spice and nuttiness. Has a controlled vigour, too. It is advancing, since its fruit ripeness, the maturity of the cropping, has been accentuated. Has a gummy, pumice stone, oak finale. Still confused. It keeps pushing away as it ends. The oak is plain, the aftertaste chiselled. From 2016. 2023-25  Nov 2013

2011

1) (new 228-litre oak cask) ****(*) dark red; the air is upright, deep, not demanding – blackberry with a pretty oiliness, and oak. The palate has a tasty, flavour-filled start, a really food fruit expression, a bit of sweetness. It has the Côte Blonde tenderness, is STGT. The finale is succulent; this is really tasty. Can be complex around 2018-19. From 2015. 2) (new 228-litre oak cask, 33% press wine included) ***(*) dark red; sleek black fruit, cherry, griottes. Palate has a silken texture, with fine black fruit, and the stuffing of an attractive couch of matter, all very harmonious. Iodine features on the finish. Not a complex wine, but it will help the end wine’s heart. 2026-27  Oct 2012

2010

quite a dark robe; mocha-oak-liqueur blackberry air, with wee notes of vanilla, leather – sun and ripeness feature in the bouquet. The debut is nicely fat, with texture to please, has a tasty heart, the flavour led by blackberry and violet. A juvenile, plump wine that is mildly sweet and all together, its length is good. The finale is round - nice orderly gras there. From 2015. 13.5°. 2025-27 Oct 2012

2008

red robe. Mulberry and loganberry, ripe fruit nose – in a jam style, has a plump curve in it. There are minor game notes in the palate: this has a southern zone supple nature, also the classic perfume from there. Shows a late spot of tannin and licorice. Quiet, reserved, true wine whose fruit is pretty ripe. From spring 2011 so it can open up more. 2018-19 Dec 2009

2007

(casks, to be bottled next month, April 2009) good deep red; has a scent of bacon and rose-hip combined. The palate is also scented, the texture supple and squeezy. There is good late clarity, a wine that gathers energy. Has an oaked, rather burnt aftertaste – welcome to Mocha City. Even so, it is a stylish wine in the making. From 2011. 2019-20 March 2009 Previously Dec 2008 ** (casks) mainly full red; the bouquet shows lightly stewed red fruits such as plum, with a violet, floral scent present and a little licorice around the side – it is pretty, almost dainty to the point of fragility. The palate has a supple start, comes forward willingly, and is tasty, in a mid-depth register. The fruit on the finish is aromatic: a wine that is not far off ready, though its tannins are a wee bit dry for now. From spring 2010. OK, but a bit plain. 2016-17 Dec 2008

2006

dark red; has a broad, steady aroma that comes with road tar and a positive air of animal. The palate grips nicely, holds enjoyable mild matter, the texture agreeable. It keeps going discreetly and well, is a refined wine. Its oak is rather present for now. From late 2009. The end is a little dry. It is coming together. 2016-17 Dec 2008 Previously Nov 2007 *** (casks) plum, mauve, matt hue to the robe; closed, but intrinsically elegant nose, carrying smoke, oak charcoal, licorice and black berries further in. The palate comes in an upright shape; the black berries have a determined tannic/oak encasement around them. Shows richness on the end, so leave until 2010. Is a little rigorous, but the internal fruit is refined and rich, and the length good. 2019-21 Nov 2007

2005 ()

(casks) black traces in the robe; there is a sweet tone to the bouquet fruit – plums that are ripe and scented from the Viognier with some smoke. Palate starts with a supple feel, then some mid-palate tannin gives it spine and form. The ripe fruit has a destination, and isn't flabby in any way. Tarry, oak effect on the finish. Gains punch as it goes. From 2010. 2019-21 Nov 2006