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100% Syrah (2015) 67% from 0.3 hectare on E facing gore, granite soils on Les Côtes at Cornas, 33% from E/N-E facing loess soils on Chaillot, vinification starts with 1-2 harvest boxes in vat 4 days, rest of crop into 10 hl steel vat, 4-5 days macération carbonique, then 20 day whole bunch vinification, wild yeasts, 1-2 cap punchings a day, press wine added, aged 4-6 year 300-litre, some 228-litre oak casks 8 months, unfiltered, Vin de France before 2018, Cornas from the 2018 vintage, organic wine, 1,200-1,600 b

2018

dark red; the nose is appealing, has an aroma of mature, ripe fruit, mulled raspberries, seasoned fruit, a touch of spice. I’m not sure how much more it can give. The palate holds soaked fruits, scoops of mulled, liqueur-like fruit, with a little line of spine, blue fruit on the aftertaste, a touch of salt. The tannins are munchy, fine powder. It ends quietly, compactly. “It was hot, dry, but the wines performed well, especially on Les Côtes – there is balance, freshness, and they aren’t too ripe,” Cyril Courvoisier. 12°. 1,200 b. Bottled 20 Oct 2019. €33 at cellars. 2032-33 Dec 2019

2017 ()

this is Vin de France: nice dark red robe. The nose is striking, bears a raspberry jam intensity, a smoky trail beyond, mulberry fruit also. The palate runs with an oily, fluid gras richness, has a squeezy, open arm style, the tannins savoury and edible. This is mini-explosion wine of exuberant appeal that gathers a little crunch on the end (the stems), with tang there, tar and smoke. 12.5°. €15. Bottled early June 2018. 2023-24 Dec 2018