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95-100% Syrah (late 1960s), 0-5% Viognier from granite soils on La Côte Rozier, 1 week pre-fermentation cool maceration, 75% destemmed, 3 week vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, has been cap punched, aged 40-50% new, 60% 1-year 400-litre & 600-litre oak casks 24 months (80% 400-litre, 20% 600-litre casks), filtered, 2014 was called La Côte Rozier, “drink with a civet of wild boar, medaillon of venison, filet of duck”, 1,200-1,500 b

2015 ()

(cask) full, dark red robe. The nose is sealed, not giving a lot, has a husky dark fruit with oaking. There is a note of the sea shore, iodine. The palate gives streamlined, clear black fruits with some verve in their delivery. It has subtle strength, and is still very much in the cellar. The aftertaste is gummy, on a toffee-like aspect. It needs to fuse some quite disparate elements. The oak is quietly prominent, so leave it until 2019. 13.5°. 1,500 b. 2028-29 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(cask) dark red. The nose is subdued, has a little oily red berry fruit within, a sense of lurking flowers. The attack is tasty, rolls on a flavour of raspberry, with a mild presence of dried herbs, a note of extra depth from some quiet tannin. Pretty open, uncomplicated wine. 13°. 1,200 b. €18.50 export. From mid-2017. 2024-25 Oct 2015