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Syrah (early 2000s) from gneiss soils, 5 plots at Chavanay & Malleval, purchased harvest, hand harvested, whole bunch 30 day vinification 60% in steel vat, 40% in large 60 hl oak barrel, a few pumping overs, cap punching by foot (until late 2010s part vat emptying/refilling), aged 50% large oak barrel, 30% steel vat, 20% new (5%), 1-year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks 12-13 months, unfined, filtered, "drink with barbecue grilled meats, cheese", has been called Secret de Blacieux, 12,000-15,000 b

2018

dark red; caramel from oak, raspberry fruit shows in a sunny, flattering bouquet. The palate gives a rather thick serving of cooked red fruits, while the tannins linger, fit in OK. It’s correct, a bit on oak, under its bottling, too. 14°. 15,000 b. €17.50 at the cellars. Bottled mid-Oct 2019. From mid-2020. 2027-28 Dec 2019

2017 ()

sturdy dark red colour, a matt tone. The bouquet serves a dose of oak varnish with a violet, peony, clove presence, is ruled by the oak that forces the fruit back. The palate naturally, therefore, starts on sweet oak, is flashy in its display of oak [sweet] and red fruit [also sweet]. It’s hard to drink this much pleasure, as it’s borderline fruit bomb in its way. The finish dries, too, on the oak. It is bottled already. 12.5°. From 2020. 2026-27 Dec 2018

2016

quite a dark red. The nose isn’t truly clear, gives a muddled aroma of baked black fruits, a note of cow hide. The palate holds red fruits with a lean but fluid content as their home, gathers a smoky trail on the finish. It’s naked, unpolished wine, its aftertaste slightly dry. Not sure about this. 13°. From spring 2019. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) shiny dark red. Blackberry, blueberry and oak feature on the nose, the fruit having a crisp style, a lithe punch about it. The palate gives an inky content, with a fresh, minted run of cool black fruit, a good granite sense of place. This has inner strength and good style in the making. 13.5°. 12,000 b. From mid-2018, has proper structure. 2027-28 Oct 2016