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Syrah (1998, 2000) from Les Chassis, southern sector, destemmed, 3-4 day cool maceration at 8°-12°C then 3 week vinification, wild yeasts, cap punching by me, so not strong, twice daily pumping overs, raised 2-6 year 500-litre & 600-litre oak casks 6 months (until 2018 aged 75-100% 2-6 year 228-litre oak casks, 0-25% vat 10-12 months), can be unfined, filtered, "drink with white meats, charcuterie", first wine 2003, has risen from 5,000 b to 10-15,000 b


full red; the nose is reduced, a bit fuzzy, lactic, off beam – decant this. The palate holds raspberry fruit, but there’s a “high” note on it. Its balance is uneven, the length uncertain, the aftertaste dry. 14°. €15.50 at the cellars. 2023-24 Feb 2020

2015 ()

sober, quite dark red robe. The bouquet is closed in, has a lurking air of raspberry, a note of salt, some reduction. It needs time to shake off its shackles. The palate is also reserved, under the influence of the bottling. There is gras within, but for now the second half is sinewed, willowy. The granular tannins stand on the outside for now. There is a perfumed quality in play late on. 13°. 8,000 b. €7-8 export. From mid-2017. 2022-23 Oct 2016

2011 ()

rather dark robe. The nose is open, good, shows smoky blackberry, a touch of bacon and leather – it is easy to appreciate. The palate’s mild blackberry fruit is easy, rolls on well, is drinkable now, without effort. A light saltiness helps its clarity in the later stages. A good, precise wine, all very agreeable and orderly, and not aiming for le knock-out. Bingo Crozes-Hermitage red. 13°. Now to 2017.  Nov 2012


some depth in the red; nicely rounded, immediate appeal aroma of prune and cooked fruits, has a floral perfume, light note of licorice. Raspberry and mulberry debut to the palate, which is a bit inky, foot down and assertive in its dark central note. Ends firmly. Suited to food, light flavours. 12.5°. To 2015 Feb 2012


raisin, caramel, tea, sweet fig aromas wrapped around supple red fruits. The palate gives soft, mature style black fruit that runs easily, finishing on spice and pepper. Does the job OK. To 2011. March 2009


sweet prune, blackberry jam aroma. The black fruits on the palate are accessible, easy to drink; there is a little late flourish of pepper and violet, the whole ending with a rounded sign-off. Correct Crozes, on the mark. It has lived better than expected when tasted 15 months ago. To 2011. March 2009 Previously Dec 2007 **(*) the robe has a black core; the bouquet reflects black fruit with a little violet, almost a Viognier input – has a soft tone and a little game-animal. The palate is also soft, with a squeezy, willing texture – black fruits sprinkled with licorice, late tar. Gains some late grip, but is a wine to drink now until the end of 2009, with its softly juiced appeal. With air, the fruit becomes a bit restricted, and fades towards a lower profile than at the start. Dec 2007

2003 ()

dark colour. Soaky, black fruit nose - very southern zone style, sweet with a little mineral. Southern Rhône, almost a New World Pinot flavour, round and berried fruit. Blackcurrant flavour dominates, but it's a bit dry on finish, is a bit stretched. Can be drunk now. To 2009 March 2005