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The Wines

80% Syrah (mid-1980s) from sandy, some clay, galet stone covered soils at St Prim in the Isère (38), rented 1 hectare vineyard, 20% Syrah (2010) from shallow granite soils on Chuyer at Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf above the domaine, can include young St Joseph vine fruit when available, destemmed, 3 week vinification, aged 1-6 year 500-600-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, 9,350 b

2018

dark red; there are floral notes on the nose, rose hip, violet, with black cherry, licorice. The palate has a powder grain texture, serves more floral, pot pourri influences; the tannins are firm, smoky, dark, rather robust. It’s genuine, for grills, la table. There’s chewiness on the palate, the end a bit strict. Bottled last month. 9,350 b. €10. 2025-26 Dec 2019

2017

(Chuyer & St Prim together, used 500-litre cask) shiny dark red, purple robe. There’s plenty on offer on the nose, a forward mix of raspberry and blackberry. The palate delivers a flavour of black fruits compote, stewed fruits, and a lissom texture at first, then the fruit has fibre around it in the texture here and there. The length is sound. It’s a bit bumpy, but can get together. “We lost one month of the cycle due to frost here,” François Merlin. To 2022. March 2018

2016

shiny red robe. Raspberry fruit with a soft sweetness shows on the nose, which is facile. The palate also drinks easily, bears mild gras with flexible tannins, oak gumming in the texture. The length is sound. There is a touch of late darkness, near tar. The fruit has quiet concentration. This is a gourmand wine. 12.5°. To 2021 Mar 2018