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100% Syrah (1987-89) from 0.3 hectare on gneiss soils on Prenelle, organic since 2019, 67% destemmed, 3 week vinification, wild yeasts, daily pumping overs, cap punching, aged used 228-litre % 300-litre oak casks 18 months, unfined, 33% filtered, first wine 2016, 1,200-3,344 b

2019 ()

(in this 228-litre cask yesterday, malo completed) dark red; raspberry with a note of blackberry and a hum of violet on the nose. This is juicy, forward on the palate, holds good, fluid gras richness, the tannins well in. It’s jaunty, with fruit that criss-crosses it. It’s a bit less refined than the other Rôtie this year, the Damas Pourpre, that debuts this year. It’s loose limbed, continues nicely. There is a vegetal note on the finish. 3,344 b. From 2022. 2035-37 Dec 2019

2018

(used 228-litre cask) dark red; raspberry, smoke, cosy blackberry airs on the nose, a discreet underpin of ripeness, is a clear start. The palate gives red fruits, raspberry and mulberry, is a bit stiff towards the finish, oak encased. It has a wiry style, but fresh zip in it, a little late crunch, vegetal, smoked, out on its own there, some discreet late juice. This is cool tenor wine that leans towards being pared back. From 2021. 2033-35 Dec 2019

2017

red robe; there is an immediate, spontaneous offer of raspberry on the nose, with musky, violet tones – it’s a joli start. The palate is more withdrawn, a bit stretched, has firm sides, is rather on the wire, but the fruit is clear. It’s a touch strict, a bit exerted, needs time to fuse. It ends crisply, with red cherry, raspberry juice, a note of oak. It’s rather spare, with floral flourishes, is genuine, if stiff. 12.5°. 1,200 b. €54. From 2021. 2031-33 Dec 2019