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Syrah (massale, 1950s, 1960s, 1970) from galet stone covered clay (15%)-limestone, some sand soils on Les Hauts Chassis, southern sector, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling 3-5 days at 5-6°C, 3-week vinification at up to 28°-29°CC, wild yeasts, daily pumping overs, daily cap punchings, aged 20% new, 30% 1-year, 30% 2-year, 20% 3-year 600-litre (40%), 400-litre (40%), 228-litre (20%) oak casks 12 months (228-litre & 400-litre casks also used into the 2010s), then vat raised 4 months, unfined, filtered, 10,000 b

2019 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: HAIL

2018 ()

dark red; has a blackberry-mulberry air, blackcurrant bud, licorice, is very pointu, accurate. The palate debut is juicy, flows easily with soft fragrance. The fruit is a bit more juicy than the 2017, and this has spring, engagement, supple flow. It can amplify a little, is suave, more airborne, more evident than the 2017, drinks freely. There are notes of black olives on the close. 14.5° - high enough. Bottled Nov 2019. 2029-31 Feb 2020

2017

dark red robe, shine in it; the South, black olives, smoked airs show in a savoury bouquet that leans towards the garrigue, Morello cherry fruit, with floral-violet touches, is engaging, has style, is stately. The palate gives a good flow of black fruits, wavy and sure, lengthens really well, holds it right there. This is very good, is a Professor of a wine. It ends on light crunch, is very tasty, starting to show well. It tightens on the finish, is just a wee bit baked there, which is a mark of the vintage. 13.5°. 2032-34 Feb 2020

2016

dark red robe. The nose presents an open aroma of soaked fruits, a sweet filling, with a drift of perfume above them. The palate is also sweet, holds good fruit essence with a perfumed, musky rose attachment. The aftertaste introduces a little rocky tannin. This has a near voluptuous style, drinks with winsome ease until the finish. It is nice and hands-off in delivery, and will be good with lamb cutlets, pork dishes. 13°. 2021-22 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) dark red colour. The nose gives a sweet-note blackberry and black cherry fruit aroma, a hint of flowers – it invites kindly. The palate holds cool black fruits with a note of cherry stone in the flavour, has mild, encircled tannins. This is fine wine, with quiet depth, isn’t flashy. The length is steady, the finish clear, discreetly persistent, deserves attention from the drinker. From 2018, and decanting useful to draw it out. 13°. 10,000 b. €11.50 export. 2024-25 Oct 2016

2014 ()

the robe is a muted dark red. There is a small flash of red berry, strawberry fruit, on the nose, a little sweetness. It is a simple start. The palate is also on the sweet n’easy side of town, holds a red berry flavour and gummy tannins. This is workmanlike Crozes. 13°. 10,000 b. €11.20.  From spring 2016. To 2020. Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(vat) sober dark robe. Gives a roasted first air, a mix of varnish from the oak and coulis of cassis in behind. This is still young, rather unformed on the nose. The palate is well weighted, offers a soaked raspberry flavour with moments of oak panelling inside that. It ends with bonny fluid gras and a swirl of its red berry red fruit, plus oak again. It is wholesome on the palate, promising. 13°. 10,000 b.  From 2016 spring. 2021-22 Jan 2015

2010 ()

(casks) dark robe. Smoky, oaked top air with ample, big black fruit under that, has a refined ripeness, no excess here. The palate is savoury – there is great juice rolling around here in the black fruit, and the oak gleams next to it. It can absorb its elements and settle. The finish is fresh, wide and sustained. The fruit bounty is its ace card. Very good. Wonderful to drink 2016-18, I would think. From mid-late 2012. 2020-21 Nov 2011

2009 ()

(casks) dark, modern black cherry, shiny robe. The nose shows lactic, black cherry notes, has a curvaceous ripeness, offers mild licorice also. Tender palate with scented, violet, but clear black fruit at its centre, hints of Volatile Acidity sweetness. It proceeds steadily along the palate, is close to ready now. It gathers a pocket of tannin on the finish, with extra grain brought in from that. Has a clear, licorice-inspired finish. From mid-2011. 2017-18 Nov 2010

2007

quite a dark robe; the bouquet has a certain authority – it is peppery, lithe, shows some licorice. The palate is compact, the fruit rounded and persistent, with calm, integrated tannins present. Mineral tone on the finish – good. A sound drop of wine. 2012-13 March 2009

2006

1st bottle is bitter on the palate and very varnish, high tone on the nose – not right. Bottle 2: the nose is sleek, modern style with black cherry fruit, polished leather. The palate carries black fruits with a pushy nature, and the balance is edgy. High tone re-occurs here, and the cherry fruit has an extracted nature, rendering it taut. Drink this soon after opening – it will not take much air, and will probably dry in the glass before your very eyes, and nose. Dec 2007

2005

quite a full, matt robe; gummy fruit nose with some reduction – its core shows red fruit, the aroma of compacted berries. There is a nice bit of sweetness in the red berry fruit on the palate – it flows well with open roundness, is approachable now, with its tannins well set inside it. Has a tickle of late tannin and spice. An early style wine for gourmand pleasure. Lasts quite well en bouche. 2010-11 Dec 2006

2004

round touches on bouquet, refined black jam, with some olive, honey and licorice. Likeable start to plate, holds a rounded flavour, black fruits in the jam mould, its round shape appeals. Licorice surfaces with some end tannin, where it is clear cut. Not quite sure how balanced this is, I find a little high tone on it. 2009-10 April 2006

2003 ()

full robe; mixed attack - black stone fruit, then oak, and a cool, oaked finish. Upright at fifteen months. Leave till 2006, hope oak calms. It's a wee bit taut. 2012-14 Dec 2004