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100% Syrah from 1990 on from 2.2 hectares in southern sector, at Tupin & Semons, destemmed, 3 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, some cap punchings, has had part vat emptying/refilling, vats heated at the end of the process, malo in oak, aged 20-25% new, 25-40% 1-year, 25-40% 3-4 year 400-litre oak casks 18 months, fined, filtered, until early 2010s called Maison Rouge, wide bottle, 5-8,000 b

2016

red robe; a smoky, raspberry coulis aroma leads the nose, pine needles, a note of violet: it has cut, clarity. This is traditional style Rôtie, gives red berry fruit, tang in the tannins before a toffee-oak close. It’s not yet ensemble. Fine, sanded tannins appear on the close, some dark thrust. It’s a bit one-paced. 13°. 8,000 b. Bottled June 2018. From 2021. 2034-36 Dec 2018

2015 ()

(casks) pretty full dark red colour. The bouquet is rather obscure for now, gives a brewed fruits aroma, a note of chocolate from its oaking. The palate holds cooked red fruits with some butty tannins in the picture. It’s quite a grass roots style of Côte-Rôtie, with less refinement than some, notably in its tannins. The finish is robust, grounded. It doesn’t mess around, has the vintage strength present. The juice recedes a shade as it ends. From 2019. 2031-33 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) sober, quite dark red robe. The bouquet is grilled, with a second, more timid level of raspberry fruit: the nose certainly needs time. The palate bears red berry fruit with further notes of grilling, pork scratchings around it. This is still very unmade. The red fruit suggests the southern zone, delivered with some intensity and sealed content (tasted blind). 13°. 8,000 b. €20.33. From mid-2018. 2027-29  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) dark red. Raspberry fruit, simmered fruits aroma, with an inner note of vegetal that just clouds the nose a bit. The palate bears suave red fruit, isn’t very deep, and ends with some chiselled, slightly Spartan tannins. This is more lean than some, has work to do. There is a possible gain of weight, but it is odds against to be a leading performer. From 2017. Has risen to 8,000 b this year. 13°. €20.40 export. 2026-27 Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks) dark robe, matt notes. The nose gives a blackberry first air, is pretty open and willing, has light jam notions, a licorice traverse, and notes of sizzled bacon and dark chocolate. The palate puts on a young display; the fruit on the attack is replaced by more nutty influences as the tannins kick in. The aftertaste is textured, so there are no worries on the tannins. This can be handsome – it has the breadth and potential for cohesion. Its heart is refined and joli. Solid, long, promising wine with elegant depth. 13°. 2028-30  Nov 2013

2007

matt hue in a dark plum robe; has a rather traditional aroma – it is floral, with red fruits that have a gamey air alongside – sweet cold tea and a little yeast feature here, too. The palate carries supple red fruits, raspberry and strawberry, that are open and even drink fine today. It ends on some grainy, touch tarry tannins. A cards on the table, early drinking wine in a traditional vein. It is honest and a bit reductive now, but should be good value for money. The heavy bottle is a shame, and unnecessary. Length is OK. 2020-22 Dec 2008 Previously Jan 2008 **(*) Cask 1 ** from Semons, 1990 Syrah, used oak, malo done: mild red colour; cherry fruit with traces of licorice, late jam. The palate black fruit has a certain grain in it, emerges to a black berry, rather jam note. Not that assured. Mid-weight tannins. Cask 2 ** from Semons, used oak: black cherry aroma with spice implicated. Black fruit, mid+ weight wine with some late tannin. Not profound, its length is OK, but it is fragile. 8-10 years. Cask 3 *** from Tupin, 1998 Syrah: robe has some depth. The nose is fuller than the Semons wines – black jam, quite suave. The palate is broad in a respectful way, holds approachable fruit. Has a late mineral tang and point of fruit. Cask 4 *** from Tupin, new oak quite well set nose of black fruits. The palate black fruits have some core to them, the length is OK and it ends with clear and peppery tannin. Respectable, genuine wine, with an oak aftertaste. Jan 2008

2006 ()

(the blend in cask, for bottling in 2-3 months). There is some black cherry in the robe; the nose shows black fruit with a touch of the liqueur about it, and oak mingling in, violet also. There is an even-handed start to the palate, which is open and supple. The fruit gains a little edge and a more grainy nature late on, as a few quite bonny tannins appear. Nicely genuine Côte-Rôtie that is quite pure, has an STGT leaning. From 2009 spring. 2022-24 Jan 2008 Aged less – 15-16 months this year. Jan 2008

2005

the robe is quite a pretty raspberry. The nose has a tight but intrinsically soft aroma, simmered fruits of comfortable depth here – and they hold up well. The fruit is good and nicely wrapped up, the tannins still a bit on the outside late on. The wine as a whole is compact, well shaped, well balanced. Good wine, STGT, shows its southern zone faithfully. 2022-24. "It is a very closed wine now," J-C Mouton. Jan 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) red with black traces in the robe. Black cherry, rather Maraschino cherry aroma that is leek and mineral, if a little narrow now. The palate is cleanly fruited, with some oak and mineral present, The main flavour is a light prune, and there is mint late on. Length is good. Becoming organized to offer a clean fruitiness with some stuffing. Scented traces late on, cleanly made, and not showing its southern terroir just now. From 2009 to absorb its oak and get more local feel. 2020-22 Nov 2006

2003 ()

big, quite funky bouquet, broad with brewed fruit. Wholesome, earthy wine with a floral lining. Traditional, is gutsy towards finish, shows its tannins. Genuine. Handles this year's 40% new oak OK. Esp from 2008. 2020-22

2002 ()

gummy fruit, reduced bouquet. Some dark flavour, tannins/acidity present. Raspberry hints, lies low. Aftertaste severe. 2006 on and hope. 2013-14

2001 ()

(cask) raspberry, pepper and earthy notes on the nose; good firm fruit attack, some oak presence, quite promising.

2000

soft, black fruit/violet aroma; clear fruit, which runs on nicely. Tender, friendly wine with agreeable tannins. Drink early.