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100% young Syrah (under 15 years) from sandy-lime, clay-limestone, galet stone soils on Les Chassis & Saint-Jaimes, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping over every 2-3 days, 2 foot cap punchings, SO2 only added after malo, steel vat raised 6-7 months (before 2014 aged 50% steel vat, 50% 5-6-year 600-litre oak casks 6 months, then vat 2 months), unfined, filtered, “our exuberant fruit wine”, organic wine, "drink with red meats, cheese", 3-5,600 b

2018 ()

dark red, black-tinted robe. The nose shows a touch of reduction, has an easy, open style, centres on cooked black fruits, with a steady depth, a touch of damp-mineral attached. It’s a joli opening. The palate gives enjoyable, immediate black berry fruits with a good wave of delivery, notes of salt towards the finish, which bears slightly dry tannins. This is bouncy, live Crozes that is right on the go now, ideal for parties, convivial situations. It tapers a bit towards the finish, which wouldn’t be noticed alongside a grilled dish. 2024-25 Nov 2019

2017

shiny, dark robe, solid black centre. The nose bears a large, wide aroma of ripe black berry fruit, a note of black olives. The palate is plump, rolling, holds fleshy content with a note of spicing in the dark red fruits. It’s very much an in the instant Crozes, its full deck of cards on the table. Another winter will manage to extend its finish and tidy it up there. It’s a little plain. 13°. 2026-27 Dec 2018

2016

dark robe, has a black centre, a crimson top. The nose is meaty, shows some reduction, no doubt from the stainless steel enclosure, comes with a concentrated heart of black fruits, Indian tea airs also present. The palate is firm and wide on the attack, offers plenty, with a good, fresh tone to the second half. It runs with consecutive flow, and the fruit is tasty, nicely unleashed. Tar, licorice combine on the aftertaste, which is long. 12.5°. From spring 2018. 2023-24 Nov 2017

2015 ()

dark red robe. The nose is reduced, so decant this. There is a pretty deep air of stewed black fruits beyond the reductive pong. The palate bears juicy, squelchy black fruits with a tickle of freshness and saltiness towards the finish. This has energy, is a clear drink. It will be more ample after another six months. 13°. 5,600 b. €13.50 at the cellars. From spring 2017. 2021-22 Oct 2016

2014 ()

full, dark red robe. The nose is overtly reduced, its pong blocking access. There is quite a fat aroma of black berry fruit within, in the shadow of the reduction, and a note of lard. The palate is plump, an easy exercise on the debut; it gradually tightens and draws in towards the finish. Double decant this. From mid-2016. There is plenty of wine to fill the glass. 12.5°. 2020-21  Oct 2015   

2013 ()

2 bottles tasted, the two different, and I put this down to the low intervention in their vinification. Bottle 1 ** dark red; brewed, reductive nose with some potential; has an inner air of dark red berry fruit, shows a little sweetness. The palate has a high, rather malic-lactic angle, is milky. Has a mulberry, strawberry inner flavour. Not for me. I see that it is vinified without SO2, so here is an unnatural natural wine. To 2019 Will try a second bottle, Bottle 2 ***(*) dark red. Reductive nose, just opened, so little airing: some black berry, a note of rose-hip present. The palate is also stripped down to the bare essentials, has a clamp of acidity, but isn’t as lactic as the first bottle, which was open for longer – this is better, more balanced. It ends on a roasted, stewed plum-raspberry flavour, has gummy tannins. This has character. 13°. €13.50 at the cellars. 3,000 b. To 2019  Jan 2015

2012 No Rating

2 bottles tasted. Bottle 1: dark robe; lot of reduction, varnish, black cherry fruit air, hang dog notes. The palate is the problem: acidIty, Volatile? Acetate, so the cassis, mulberry fruit is marked by sourness late on, as the fruit recedes, leaving empty final moments. Bottle 2: the palate also has a sour tone, an acetate-plastic note. The fruit is on a tight wire here, and never hits a gras, relaxed spot. 12.5°. 4,000 b.  Nov 2013

2011

dark, shiny robe. There is an oily fullness on the nose, led by black cherry and licorice, wine gum sweets, Indian tea. There is a wide spread of fruit that is coated and sleek on the nose. The palate is close to showing Volatile Acidity – holds high octane “high” fruit, possible acetate in the black cherry liqueur style. This is in No man’s land, isn’t settled, is neither a solo drinking wine, nor one ready for the table. There is a floral, violet sensation on the finish, where there are pliant tannins. It dips in mid-palate. I suspect extraction has rendered the fruit more stretched and less convincing than it should be. Bottled May 2012. 12.5°. To 2016  Nov 2012