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The Wines

from northern sector Rozier, 90% Syrah (2004-05-1959), 10% Viognier (mid-1990s from Rozier, Le Plomb), destemmed, co-fermented, 3-4 week vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, then twice daily manual cap punchings, temperature up to 30°C, aged 75-80% new, 20-25% 1-3 year 228-litre oak casks 14-16 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2001, 20,000 b, up from 5,000 b

2015

(cask) shiny, very dark robe. The nose is led by its oak, which is a portcullis in front of some tight cassis-blueberry fruit, the fruit very much in the second rank. The palate produces savoury, rich content and ripe tannins. There is integration to be done, but the prime elements are in place. The fruit is very well struck and clear. This has proper structure, authority, excellent width. From 2020. 2033-36 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) dark robe. The nose suggests future elegance, has a for now muted expression of mulled, simmered raspberry fruit with a drift of soft flowers. The palate attacks well, with a tasty black berry fruit at its heart. This is open book wine in the making. 12.5°. 18,000 b. €17 export. From 2018. 2026-27  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) deep robe. Blackberry, roasted, nutty aroma with good depth, and the potential to blossom and vary; it is a little on the oak, so has a chocolate impact. The palate starts on cool, blueberry fruit with a tight line of tannin through it. The oak is strong. Northern sector tightness on display here: a palate of poise, with interesting length. From 2017. Can gain over time. 12.5°. 2027-28 Jan 2015

2012 ()

(assembled wine, 228-litre oak cask) dark colour. Inky fullness, low-key sweetness on the nose, an air of fluid black jam, some floral touches, spark and flint and a discreet oaking. The palate fruit is ripe, with a perfumed presence, rose-hip, pot pourri dried flowers, which lingers on the finish. The close is neatly done, has a fine pebble precision. Promising, but a wee bit Spartan in the soul department, its content after half way a shade mechanical. From late 2015. 2026-28  Nov 2013

2011

(assembled wine, 228-litre oak cask) bright, quite full red robe. Loose, agreeable dark fruit such as blackberry – an airborne aroma that is round and easy to get into. The palate is softly scented, possesses mild, tasty tannins, is bonny. Good link between nose and palate. A good tooting Côte-Rôtie, silken and easy, also fresh. A medium-term, 10 year wine. Has a scented, raspberry aftertaste. From 2014. Oct 2012

2010 ()

quite a dark red. Tar, mocha, oak airs lie ahead of crisp black fruit, licoirce; a sense of floral violet and rose hovers here. The palate is on its oak – the depth is fair on content, but it is young and rather stiff. The attack is loose-limbed, and this wine reflects the cellar more than the vineyard now. The aftertaste brings in black berries, plum. Not yet a furnished wine, nor is it high on ambition. from 2014. 13°. 2023-24  Oct 2012

2007 ()

sound red colour; smoky, clean aroma with some “dark” notes from the oak. The start of the palate is also oaked; inside lies gentle fruit that is direct in nature given its oak push. It needs to integrate – drink from mid-2010. The fruit is fair, but not very deep. OK length – but the structure is a touch fragile here. 2015-16 Dec 2008

2004

rather reduced, stewed and gummy bouquet with some crème de cassis, raspberry, holds up OK, has Viognier flowers lurking. Angular start, then some mid-late palate gras. Still finding its way. Wholesome finish, this can assemble itself. Nice raspberry aftertaste, but must lose its reduction smell. Decant it. From 2008. 2015-16 April 2006

2003

(cask) dark aromas, some rose hip, typicité ? more to come. Jam style, but round and quite savoury palate. Open, some elegance, charm from the Viognier. Tannins ripe. Reduced at present. 2006 on. 2014/16

2002

tender floral/black fruit/leather aroma. Clear-cut light fruit on palate, not that sustained. Light tannins. Some length. Drink 2005-08, date-wise, be precise with it.

2001

expressive red fruit aroma, some Viognier warmth; refined structure, will be tasty. Very pure, bravo for first wine! Good balance, tannins work in well at end. 2010/13