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100% northern sector Syrah, inc Le Plomb, part destemmed, 3-week vinification/maceration, aged 50% new, 50% 1-year oak 18 months, unfiltered, first wine 2004, 9-10,5,000 b

2018

(casks) very dark red; loganberry, cassis combine in a well fruited bouquet, has inner sweetness, lingers well, with plenty to come. The palate presents enjoyable red fruit, is precise and juicy, continues effortlessly. There’s detail on the close, grain tannins starting to soften there. The length is sound. From 2022. 2040-42 Nov 2019

2017

(casks) dark red; there is trim potential on the nose, blackberry fruit, a fruit gum aroma, isn’t yet varied. The palate engages well, with good mineral cut in the content, refined juice. There’s a peek out of smoky tannin at the end. This is a bit minimalist, a Burgundy doppelganger, but is attractive. Decant it. 12.5°. €25.60 export. From mid-2021. 2036-38 Nov 2018

2010 ()

bright, quite full red colour, purple touches. There is a smoky, but not exclusively so, note above a poised layer of red berry fruit, as if the smoke were drifting out of fissures in the granite – that is the picture it gives. The fruit on the palate is restrained, not open yet. It traces a fine line, has a little floral aspect after half way. The shape is more direct than round. A wine that will take its time, and benefit from that in depth and expression. It could have a bit more stuffing at its heart. More interesting around 2015. 12.5°. 2028-30  Sept 2012

2009

quite a full red colour. The nose is wide, ticks over steadily – the red berry aroma lingers well, has black pepper touches, an earthy side. Tight palate fruit with muscular instincts, then a firm, late tannic roll towards the finish. Aromatic red berry, redcurrant lies at its centre. Ends on floral notes. Modern style wine. From spring 2013. 2025-28 March 2011

2008

(casks) quite full robe; measured red fruit aroma, mixes plum with blackberry. Pockets of oily appeal on the palate, which carries mild, soft fruit. The length is OK, and this can drink quite easily, especially from mid-2011. More of an ensemble, and less got up than others from this stable. 2018-20 Dec 2009

2006

(casks) quite dark, matt-toned robe; dense style of nose, mulberry with a sweet air, and a little chocolate and oaking, comes from the opulent mindset. Mature, black fruits and prunes on the palate, with again a chocolate, raisin style aftertaste. There is some life in it, but is rather made to impress, instead of being just what it naturally is. This is a gourmand style of fleshy wine that is agreeable to all comers, is an open book. May tighten up around 2009. 2019-22 Dec 2007

2005

(casks) dark robe; full-on bouquet – raspberry coulis, clear-cut red fruits with some lurking herbs and smoke. Elegant start to the palate – there is fruit of a clear texture, that flows well. The tannins are quite supple now. An early style of Côte-Rôtie – will be versatile with a wide variety of foods. 2018-20 Nov 2006

2004 ()

forest, woods aroma with simmered berries, gummy fruit laced with tar and oak. Brewed, oaked texture, a combo of gummy fruit and chocolate. Direct, slightly piercing flavour, good, scented, clean fruit deep within. Quite broad on finish. Length good. Esp 2008 on. 2021-23 April 2006