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The Wines

50-70% Syrah (1970s) from limestone zones of Les Arlettes at Cornas & Syrah (1950s) from granite soils on Le Pouizin on route de Privas, Ardèche, Syrah is part own crop, part purchased crop, 50-30% Grenache (purchased crop from Vinsobres), destemmed, 3 week vinification of varieties apart, cap punching, Syrah raised 5-10 year 225-litre & 228-litre oak casks, Grenache steel & concrete vat raised 7 months, varieties assembled after cask & vat raising, fined, filtered, 1st vintage 2010, 30,000 b

2017

red robe; has a firm air of fruit gums on the nose, red fruit, with a clamped presence. The palate is compact, based on a couch of cooked plums, with strength in the tannins, ends tightly. It’s solid wine, can be decanted. The finish is robust, a little exerted. 13.5°. 70% Syr, 30% Gren. From late-2020. 2026-27 Dec 2019

2015 ()

quite a dark red. The nose is perfumed and assembles flowers – violet, iris, peony, along with raspberry and light spice. The palate holds spiced, tight content with keen tannins; it needs another nine months at least. It keeps going well, has drive, and its ace card is its length. 13.5°. Bottled May 2016. 50% Syr, 50% Gren. 2022-23 Oct 2016

2014 ()

good red robe. The nose is quiet, has possibilities, an air of red fruit pastille, raspberry – it can show well with a little more time. The palate holds tender red fruit, attractive fruit. Light pepper tannins bring a fresh finale. This is good drinking, w.o.w. wine that ends with life. From spring 2016. 13°. Bottled end Aug 2015. To 2020 Oct 2015

2013 ()

this is a serious style of Côtes du Rhône: its nose is reserved, has a sealed aroma of dark fruit, prune. It isn’t expressive, but has potential. The palate is peppered, holds suave fruit and gras to carry it through the palate. It avoids the occasional dustiness of 2013. The fruit resembles blueberry, has a cool style. A good, solid Côtes du Rhône. 2020-21  Feb 2015

2012

(bottling Jan 2014) level red robe; the nose is quiet – round and inviting, expresses an ease of red fruit such as plum. The palate works well with the nose, offers tasty fruit, and has a good run of fresh, nicely judged ripeness. This will be versatile with foods, especially country foods. A good restaurant wine, is balanced, and w.o.w. 13°. 30,000 b. To 2018  Nov 2013

2010

(to be bottled Dec 2011) quite full robe; has an easy appeal nose, mild and soft red fruits, and a wee red fruit liqueur notion. The palate bears attractive red fruits, with a lithe central run of tannin, is nicely continuous. A good drop, a w.o.w. wine that is easy to drink. To 2015, get on and go. June 2011