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from 2018 Syrah (massale from Clape, Cornas) over grafted on clone Syrah (1994) from Les Greffieux from the flat area, destemmed, aged 2-3-year 228-litre oak casks 15 months, unfined, unfiltered, 400-600 b, some magnums

2018

full red; the nose is sure-handed, on dark fruits, loganberry, a shuffle of herbs, raspberry, some cigarette ash. This coasts along, holds pedigree gras that is suave, as are the tannins. There are peppery notes, iron crunch towards the finish. This holds good blood-iron, is stylish Hermitage – it’s not full blooded, but is very assured, has a good frame around it. From 2024. 2042-44 Feb 2020

2017 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: GRAFTING OLD MASSALE SYRAH FROM DOMAINE CLAPE, CORNAS TO REPLACE THE CLONE SYRAH

2016 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED - HAIL

2014 ()

red robe; the nose has a red cherries, soaked or griottes depth, acetate, a meaty aspect, also brewed tea. The palate has a soft debut, a fleshy content, red berry juice en finesse, tannins with a touch of fibre. This is a quiet vintage Hermitage, still absorbing its tannins and vegetal side. It’s *** now, but can be ***(*) in time. It will be very good in a large glass around 2020. “The 2014s are losing their fragile side now,” Maxime Graillot. 13°. 400 b. From spring 2019. 2027-29 Nov 2017 Previously Oct 2015 ***(*) (3 year 228-litre oak cask, one of the two) bright, attractive dark red robe. Raspberry, open fruit shows in a bouquet with a little vegetal note, graphite also. The palate has an attractive floral aspect mixed in with clear red fruits delivered freshly. This gives a bonny click of grain on the finish, has a rocky length. It is raw and rather likeable. 2027-29  Oct 2015

2012

(2 casks this year) medium+ red robe. Spiced-peppery, rounded red fruit, gentle aroma – the bouquet isn’t especially profound, also gives licorice. The palate fruit is in and out, not coherent, is rather vegetal late on, since it hasn’t been racked. The centre holds crunchy, pebbly red berry fruit. A bit on edge.  Needs its time to fuse, and weave together. From 2017. Just 3 stars as it stands. 2025-26  Nov 2013

2007 ()

good red robe; floral, red jam aroma, with Pinot Noir connotations – peony and light spice feature. The palate shows more of a granite influence, a cut and peppery note, before a later, wider area of red fruits. The wine is very clear-tasting, and has fine tannins. Interesting variety in this. “I wanted to bottle it quite early to try to keep this Pinot Noir association,” Alain Graillot. Bottled Feb 2009. 2019-21 March 2009

2006 ()

a bonny red-magenta colour. Mulled raspberry, with mulberry in quite a striking nose. The palate fruit is quietly robust, has a certain kick in it from some live tannins. Gains a little richness as it goes, ends on a quietly rich note, plus some young tar. Good late punch in it. From 2010. 2021-23. Bottled three weeks ago. Jan 2008

2004 ()

(cask) pretty solid bouquet, fair persistence, has potential; stylish palate, grows nicely towards finish. Soft richness, good around 2008-09. 2014-16

1999

good, clear intense purple; red fruits on bouquet, tightly-knit. Departs with a lot of red fruits, really good, delicious. Fresh, very good fruit cut, is very pure. Stylish Hermitage, elegant. This was the last wine from a rented vineyard that was then taken over by Paul Jaboulet Aîné. 2014-16