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The Wines

Syrah (early 1980s) from 1.14 hectare on Les Chenes Verts at La Roche de Glun, from 0.96 hectare (early 1980s) on Les Hauts Chassis at La Roche de Glun, from 0.43 hectare on Hauts Saviaux (late 1950s) at La Roche de Glun, southern sector, sand, clay-limestone soils, destemmed (though Saviaux can be 10%-20% whole bunch), 3-4 day cool maceration at 8°-12°C then 3-4 week vinification, wild yeasts, with cap punching, twice daily pumping overs, aged 2-8 year 228-litre oak casks 10-11 months, can be unfined, filtered, "drink with red meat, black chocolate dessert (when young), has risen from 8-10,000 b to 10,000-15,000 b

2019

(casks, approx. blend) dark red; Morello cherry fruit, a sunny curve in a stylish nose, one of immediate appeal, has dance within its sunny make-up. The palate issues red cherry, raspberry fruit, comes sleekly along, lots of liberal juice through it. The tannins are the best for the past three years – they beat 2017 and 2018, are firm, but not hard, and there’s good, loose juice around them. It’s live, purposeful wine. From 2022. 2030-32 Feb 2020

2018 ()

dark red; the nose produces floral, white pepper, raspberry, black cherry airs, is joli and easy, round, curvy, appealing. There are light notes of garrigue, herbs, a signal of the sun. This has a supple, immediate style, holds juicy cherry fruit, nice late crunch on the close. It rolls along well, gives good, early drinking. “It has a cassis flavour, some density”, Christelle Betton. Bottled Dec 2019. From mid-late 2020. 2026-27 Feb 2020

2017

quite a dark red; has a raspberry, fluid air, spice-clove top notes, licorice snap, vegetal touches. The palate holds red fruits, mulberry-raspberry, with crunch in the tannins, a good underpin. The fruit’s quite intense. The nose is moving ahead of the palate; it attacks openly, but needs to sort out the finish. From mid-2021. 14°. €19 at the cellars. Bottled Dec 2018. 2028-29 Feb 2020

2015 ()

dark plum red colour. The nose gives an immediate air of soaked raspberries, with violets, Pez sweets, candy, licorice drifting above them. The palate is juicy, perfumed, drinks openly now, with supple, soft tannins present. It’s a perfumato Crozes, in the here and now. It lingers aromatically, via pot-pourri and licorice, and has a naked quality. 13°. 8,000 b. €8-9 export. 2019-20 Oct 2016

2012 ()

sober dark red; has a juicy blackberry aroma, a light floral scenting, wee licorice present. The nose is jaunty, delivers a few dark moments, ink spots. The palate bears good, springy fruit, is easy to drink and like. It darkens towards the finish, becomes more smoked. Its cassis fruit has some swish in its stride. It is a shade in the cellar as a style, slightly exerted. From mid-2014. 13°. €7.20 ex cellars. 8,000 b. 2017-18 Nov 2013

2011

(casks) quite a dark red. Has a stewed air, a pretty broad nose of meaty depth with a quiet roll of blackberry within and behind it. The palate gives a tasty, upfront blackberry fruit, which takes on grilled, nutty young fibres after half way. A good, rather middle of the road Crozes, a safe wine. It ends roundly, on a lip-smack note. It could have a bit more personality, but won’t disappoint. The fruit drifts a little as it ends. Best with food. 2016-17  Nov 2012

2010

a bottle in Feb 2012 not right, before that a much better example: Feb 2012: * quite a dark red robe. Herbal, warm stones air, a murmur of red berry behind. The palate I do not find quite pristine, has a firm side note to it, outside the fruit. Its shape is chunky, like the nose, and the aftertaste is dry. To 2015-16 Feb 2012 Previously Nov 2011 *** (casks) sober, dark robe. Chicken stock, grounded notes in its cassis, black fruit aroma, has a low-key sweetness, a toffee aspect. Bright fruit on the palate, which pursues a consistent path, reaches out well to the finish. Good balance, and will give pleasure from its co-ordinated balance and unpretentious ways. From 2013 - needs 15 months to clarify and declare. 2018-19 Nov 2011

2009

full red. Touch of sous-bois or damp woods, damp leaf in a ripe fruit setting. The palate is round and easy, textured. It drinks well now, is right there. It bears the sweet and fat notes of the southern plain at Crozes. To 2014. Nov 2011

2003 ()

full bouquet, chocolate with a meaty presence. Corpulent, rich, broad wine. With its savoury texture it reflects La Roche-de-Glun faithfully. Olives/violets show on the finale. Modern style, the gras is simpatico. Called Crozes-Hermitage Vieilli en Fûts de Chêne. 2010-11