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late 1970s massale, hand grafted selection Syrah from Les Pichères, Les Chasselières at Beaumont-Monteux, Les Hauts Chassis at La Roche-de-Glun, Bellevue at Mercurol, pebble, galet stone covered clay soils, destemmed, 4-9 week steel/concrete vat vinification, twice daily pumping overs, 2 manual cap punching, aged 4-5-year 600-litre oak casks 10-12 months, malo done in oak, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2007, heavy bottle, "drink with leg of lamb served en croute with spices", 22-25,000 b

2018 ()

largely dark red robe; the bouquet is a bit of a jumble, shows grilling, red fruit that skips a beat, a vegetal note. The palate is loose in content, also carries a vegetal presence, with rather thin tannins on board. It lacks a real centre, depth there, goes against the make-up of the vintage in its wiry nature. 13°. 2025-26 Nov 2019

2017 ()

shiny, full red colour; the bouquet is nicely deep, comes with a rose scented air, a note of pork scratching, red berry fruit. It’s still a little unrefined. The palate holds red fruits with a touch of vegetal in the flavour and texture, an ash-like graininess, which continues into the finish. It’s a calm Crozes that offers sensible drinking, no excess in its delivery. It is bottled already. From mid-2019 for more togetherness. 13.5°. 2025-26 Dec 2018

2016

dark red, solid core. The bouquet is pretty rich and wide, lined with a fat aroma of black berries, a note of rose oil, cooked Damson plums. The palate holds plump, perfumed content with a fleshy nature, a suave set of tannins in the mix. There’s a small spur of tar from them on the close, a note of menthol lift. This is a bounteous wine that drinks well for red meats, lamb kebabs, spiced dishes. It’s broad on the finish, runs with life. 13.5°. 2021-22 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) dark red colour. Blueberry fruit comes with smoky toasting and the south – black olives, gorse flowers. The palate starts tightly, with a sleek quality in the fruit, grilling towards the finish. The length is good, with freshness as it closes. This has good structure, is perhaps from the northern zone with a fine-ness of approach. It’s still tight, has very good potential. 13.5°. 25,000 b. From mid-2017. 2023-25 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) dark red, black centre to the robe. The nose leads on a grilled air, with crisp black cherry fruit in support. It is still very much on its cellar raising, shows reduction. The fruit is attractive along the palate, and it ends with a welcome roundness, no excess tar as befalls some wines this year. A neat package here: drink from spring 2017. The result will be a stylish wine. 13°. €16. 2021-22  Oct 2015

2013 ()

dark robe. It gives a strong aroma of blackberry, essence of the fruit, with a marked note of pine, oaking; the nose is rather wide and has a liqueur fruit quality about it. The palate is soft, scented, carries lip-smacking dark red berry fruit with decent cut as it ends. Enjoyable drinking – it is supple and has nice length as well. 13°. 24,500 b. Bottled 29 Oct 2014. The year Natacha had a flood in her cellar and was helped by a lot of other vignerons who are thanked on the back label. To 2020  Jan 2015

2012 ()

dark robe; the bouquet is wide, serves up plenty, isn’t especially clear-cut but shows ample amounts of black berry, sizzled bacon and flowers as well. The palate runs with agreeable freedom, gives its black berry fruit liberally, its sides lined with low-key tannins. Good juice to enjoy here, and sound length of fruit to back it up. The finale is soft. 13°. 22,000 b.  2017-18  Nov 2013

2011 ()

dark robe, legs. Round, curved blackberry fruit aroma, has a light and appealing fragrance. There are also tar-licorice, grilling airs. The blackberry fruit flows well, rolls along, is close to ready. It just needs to polish its finish, which has a grainy angle. In good shape – it will be ace with grilled foods. There is a good spot of late tar that accentuates its depth. Plenty to enjoy, and take on the up here – w.o.w. wine. From spring 2013. 2018-19  Nov 2012

2010 ()

dark robe; reserved air, touch of bacon fat – not showing evident fruit today, though there is a hint of black cherry resident within the nose. The palate is sinewed, still on its early, rather bumpy ride. The black fruit is smoky, darts around, has a tension of style, is very raw still. Hard to be sure about this, the how, why or how good. From late 2012. 35 hl/ha this year. 2017-18 Nov 2011

2009 ()

solid, full red; nutty, baked, broad aroma, the result of effort in the cellar, has a meaty aspect and shows black raisin also. Copious approach wine on the palate, the fruit encased by toffee flavours, baked bread. It is obvious, and comes across as coarse alongside some of the sleek “sports car” style 209 Crozes reds. Needs food, Vieille France cooking, casseroles, stews etc. To 2017. Nov 2010

2008 ()

gentle red; restrained red jam aroma, a scented air about it – it is calm, not forward or showy. The palate connects to the nose, is softly sweet, its fruit agreeable, approachable. Ends on a quiet roundness, offers comfortable drinking. More ensemble, less spiky, than many 2008s. To 2012. Dec 2009

2007 ()

full robe; smoky, toasted, bacon aromas on the nose. The palate fruit is baked in nature, with a touch of burn in the flavour, a cocoa effect. Bit dry on the finish. To 2010. March 2009