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Syrah from Chavanay, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged part vat, part 3-8 year 228-litre oak casks 8 months, fined, unfiltered, 50-55,000 b

2016 ()

bright red, purple colour. The nose is fresh, lively, has airs of red berries, cherries, a nice ripeness about them, with strawberry lozenges in the picture. The attack is easy come, easy go, comes with a peppery presence, mild red fruits. The finale is quiet. This is light wine, a shade brittle. 13°. To 2019 March 2017


IGP this year: modest red robe, a bit of purple. Spice, cinnamon-pepper instant hit on the nose, blackberry jelly-redcurrant jelly aroma, a small sweet spot behind, and a touch of dust, a murmur of violet sweets such as Pez. The palate’s black fruit is fluid, runs along with no due weight or mystery. This is a real light quaffer that finishes in airy fashion. It is a bit too close to a vinous Ribena (blackcurrant juice cordial) for comfort. Yes, stand-up drinking post work in a noisy, fun bar, unless there is very light food such as cold chicken or turkey. It has a little fragrance but is square in shape on Day 3. Two stars due to the price of over £13. 12°. 54,800 b this year. To 2016 Oct 2014, East Sussex

2011 ()

Vin de France this year: soft red with pale purple traces. Has a heather, outdoors hills, scented top air, a drift of red cherry aroma under that, smoke and licorice. There is a peppery, mild red fruit, soaked cherries flavour here. It has a cool note after half way, and ends on red berry, cherry fruit and a little smoky cut. Fine for solo drinking. It flows freely, has a rose hip theme through it. The front is up-front, so drink soon, too I find it a tiny bit thin. Good with saucisson before a meal. 12° - clearly designed for fast and easy consumption. To 2015.  Oct 2012

2009 ()

bright red, wee purple. Really zappy, attractive nose – raspberry fruit is prominent – the aroma dashes out, is friendly, has a hint of licorice. Modern, sleek, quaffing wine with scented notes such peony and violet. A solo drinker. Good bistrot wine. 12.5°. To 2015. A correct £11 in GB. March 2011

2007 ()

full robe; smoky, broad bouquet with an inset of black fruit – smoke and licorice above all, also some reduction. The palate gives agile, wired black fruit that skims along, without offering the certitude of body below it. A surface wine with oak on the finish. It is not as simply prepared as it could be given its low-scale fruit – which is clear, but not profound enough. There is a mineral snap late on, a revival of some fruit there. Maybe his more expensive Syrah vins de pays (there are 3) have more body. 12.5°. To 2010. Dec 2008

2004 ()

pretty, bright robe. Lively fruit on bouquet, the tar is very Syrah, is also a little reduced, farmyardy. Palate softer than nose, shows pliant berry fruit. Quite supple wine, its fruit is pretty direct, the length correct. Refinement more than punch here. To 2008-09