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The Wines

northern zone from Limony (1990), 50% destemmed, 3 week vinification 50% in oak at up to 28°C (reduced), pumping overs, only a few cap punchings, aged 50% new oak, 50% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks 30 months (until mid-2000s was 23 months), unfined, unfiltered, made in 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, HEAVY BOTTLE, 1,200 b

2007

(cask) bright, dark robe; peppery, oaked nose – black cherry peeks out, with mineral and pebbly airs. The palate is tight-knit, with a run of compressed, almost taut black fruit. The blackberry, cherry is typical of Syrah from the northern St Jo sector. At least the oak and the fruit are working together. Has a clear finish and a crisp style. From 2012. 2020-21 Nov 2009

2006 ()

70% new oak this year: level red colour; cherries that are kirsch in style come on the front bouquet, with some granite snap or lucidity. Black berry with supple moments leads the palate. A modern, oaked wine with clean juice, but it is just a bit “spotless”. A direct affair, which lacks real width for now. It is capable of progress. From spring 2011. 2020-21 Nov 2009

2005 ()

42 months of raising, 70% new oak this year – surely not the kitchen sink thrown at this? Sound red robe; has a firm, oaked nose that bears very compact black fruit, along with the cut of the granite. The palate is smoky, its oak firmly present, but the wine itself is also firm. It is well founded, though, and it emerges with good juice in the fruit late on. Has a licorice aftertaste. The length is good. A scaled up wine, but an effective one. From late 2011. 2020-21 Nov 2009

2004

32 months of raising: a touch of advance on the top robe, matt black underneath. Has a game/fungal plus raspberry and blackberry brooding bouquet – there is a healthy evolution as in airs of tobacco now present, but also a scented iris and violet nature. There is a caress of black fruit that has sweet, smooth tones and a steady run along the palate. It is now at an interesting second stage, is marching on . . . A good roast beef would be just the job with this. “It could have had 4 or 5 months less oak raising, to be more fresh and less developed. The crop was picked in October – hence the tobacco notes,” F.Villard. 2015-17. Nov 2009