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The Wines

Syrah (2003) from 1 hectare on E/S-E facing sandy soils with a bit of clay, a bit of loess, limestone on a slope at Larnage, planting density 8,000 vines per hectare, pH of 3.5 is lower than Les Chassis which is 3.9 to 4.0, whole bunch 14-15 day vinification, pumping over, cap punching, raised new 20 hl Stockinger oak barrel 15+ months, unfined, filtered, until 2018 in the classic Crozes red, “I’m not a great fan of plot specific wines, but the crop was magnificent here in 2018, so we may make it apart; we never harvest more than 25 hl/ha”, I (JLL) call this the tagging wine because the wall is covered in graffiti, 2,700 b

2018

dark red; the nose is spiced, on red fruits, a change from the black fruits of the domaine Crozes from Les Chênes Verts, red meat droplets, iron present: it carries interest. I notice the oak on the palate, but it doesn’t overwhelm it. It holds compact red fruited, raspberry content, intensity on the QT. There’s a slow release of thick juice on the finish, and it certainly has crunch late on. The frame is good, the shape upright – which it holds well. The oak does prevail on the end. It’s a good start for this location, will be a gradual evolver. It has more fibre than the Chassis wines. The pH here is 3.5, against a pH of 3.9 to 4.0 on Les Chassis. I bet the 2019 is great. From 2023. 2038-40 Feb 2020 Previously Dec 2018 **** (new 20 hl barrel) purple-dark red robe. Blackberry fruit that is ripe, not plush, shows a hint of mulling shows on the nose, with licorice. The palate is engaging, holds bright and stylish mulberry fruit, mixed red berries, moves well, offers lip smack, supple gras, squeezy pleasure. It has clear sides, and travels directly for now, can amplify. This is artistic Crozes red, with discreet mineral, is taking its time to assemble, forming its shape. It has good potential. From mid-2021. 2036-38 Dec 2018