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100% Syrah (2000) from 0.6 hectare schist soils, mostly destemmed, 3 week vinification at up to 28°C (reduced), pumping overs, only a few cap punchings, aged 70% new, 30% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks 16 months, unfined, unfiltered, 4,500 b

2009

bright, pretty robe. Curved appeal on the nose – red cherry, an alert air peeking out. Good line of red fruit on the palate – it is almost in the delicious bracket. It widens winningly towards the finish, and closes on a genuine schist tang and clarity. Promising wine, for both fine fruit and balance. From 2013. 2021-22. “It has always been straight down the line (droit), and given its good pH of 3.45, I expect longevity and gradual progress,” F.Villard. March 2011

2008 ()

mild red colour; the top touch on the nose resembles toffee, also is peppery – there is a slight curve on its red plum fruit. Up front, forward fruit no the palate, the fruit cooked in style, along with red jam notes. The end is delicate, quite wrapped together, the length OK. Still pretty tight towards the finish. 13.1°. To 2018. March 2011

2007

nicely dark robe; attractive blackberry nose which mixes ripeness and clarity. There are pretty red fruits on the attack – this has Pinot Noir connotations, and runs easily, with good energy ( the schist). Good quality, class and potential from this vineyard. It is an attractive wine, and will provide good drinking and ageing. 2018-20 Nov 2009