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Syrah from La Lègre and a little on Les Côtes, av age 11 years, whole bunch 2-week fermentation, wild yeasts, manual cap punching, aged 7-12 year 600-litre casks 14 months, unfined, unfiltered, all handled by gravity, first wine 2012 (one cask), “a cellar at 16°C, maximum 18°C, helps it”, 1,600-2,400 b

2018 ()

lusty dark robe, purple on black. The nose is crunchy, black-fruited, comes with an air of Morello black cherry, blueberry, rose petal. This is fine grain Cornas, one with lovely purity, pinpoint accuracy, the tannins firming up the second half, with their fine grain, their change of texture. The fruit is cool, has a good strike of clarity. It gives a lot of iron late, is very interesting, a maximum naked wine, the fruit great. 14°. Bottled 14 Nov 2019. From 2021. 2030-33 Dec 2019

2017

dark red robe with a thorough black centre. The nose is engaging, on blackberry, offers fresh and neatly ripe fruit, a touch of flowers and smoke the underlay. The palate expresses the rock-powder of its place; the fruit has backing, I note, more than many zero SO2 wines. There’s a note of black olives, prune on the close. It’s interesting to make this in a warm, challenging year – the result is more body beyond and around the fruit, which pleases, releases carefully. “It will live five to 10 years,” Franck Balthazar. 13.5°. 1,600 b. This was bottled one week ago. 2025-26 Dec 2018

2014

dark robe with black and purple in it. The nose is good, interesting, gives raspberry and blackberry fruit: it is supple, stylish and sustained. There are combinations of violets, generous amounts of flowers on the nose, also dried herbs and licorice. The palate starts with clear tinkle fruit, has fine tannins which assert towards the finish, and still need to grow into it. The fruit is crystalline. I like the detail here. 13°. From late 2017. 2024-25  Dec 2015