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Syrah from flat lands, deeper soils, 80% destemmed, wild yeasts, 12-15 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punching by leg work, aged 10% new, 90% used 600-litre oak casks 12-15 months, unfined, filtered

2008

pale, thinning red robe, still there, but fragile. Spice-capsicum lead to the nose that has vegetal traces, white pepper. There is an openness  in the nose that serves it well. There are drifts of scent, rose in the soft red fruit. In a tricky situation – it needs quiet flavours given its minor level of gras richness. It keeps going, but never has a truly convincing moment. Good with saucisson, cold chicken, for instance. 13°. To 2015  July 2012, Maine, USA  Previously July 2010 *(*) regular red robe. Raspberry jam, shiny bouquet that has a little sweet glow about it. Red fruit is woven into lithe tannin on the palate, has a fair structure. It ends on a minty, slightly resin tang. A cool, upright wine, a granite child. It is rather lean towards the finish. 13°. To end 2013. July 2010 Previously Nov 2009 *(*) (to be bottled Dec 2009, next month) mild red robe. Nutty, cherry, nougat aromas. Forward red fruits on the palate, sympa and facile – a stand-up, drink solo wine with a taste of red cherry, quince. Grips OK at the end. 12.5°. To 2013-14 Nov 2009

2007 ()

full robe, matt tones. Has a simmered berries nose – sweet raspberry, mulled plums that are heading for a jam state of being. The palate fruit is also jam-like in style, and is enlivened by spice. After its soft start, it tightens gradually towards the end. The length is OK. Its fruit is notably ripe, so this is not a vivacious offering – it works around a gummy, fruit gums flavour. Decant to get around reduction. Pleasant, but not life enhancing. This cuvée has become less interesting recently. From late 2009. To 2014. Dec 2008

2006

has a pale, even rather fragile light purple robe; has a forward, light, jam-style aroma with some breeze in it, and some floral-perfumato airs: is light in impact. The palate has easy fruit, tastes of black fruits and berries, and is laced with a violet tang from half way. This is a wine to drink on its own: it suggests the fruit wasn`t really ripe, and I also wonder if this is a light quaffing wine by design – good for rapid turnover, cash flow and so on. I find it disappointing. 13°. 2011. May 2008, Stockholm Previously Dec 2007 * dark cherry-plum robe; brisk, upright, high tone, peppered cassis aroma that is a bit sweaty. This is a foot down on the pedal wine, dominated by its handling in the cellar. Is rather tense, bumpy and taut, not especially linked. There is cassis fruit in it, but it isn`t comfortably established. Bit airy on the finish, too. Try from late 2008, and cross your fingers. To 2012. Dec 2007

2005

bright, dark robe; compact, sleek black fruit aroma with a little smokiness. Clean-cut fruit on attack, with smooth tannins, makes seamless progress along the palate. Clean, modern style, can be savoury around 2008-09. There is some intensity in the black fruit, yes. 2014-15 Nov 2006

2002

(cask) quiet nose; open, nice easy fruit, some depth.

2001

cassis jam, with prune note; quiet warmth, black jam theme continues, soft liquorice. Touch tar on end. Easy drinking. 2005-06.