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Syrah (1970s-1980s) from Les Chassis & La Rage, galet stone & sandy soils, destemmed, 3 week vinification, wild yeasts, 2 cap punchings & pumping overs every 2 days, aged 50% vat, 50% 600-litre oak casks 6-10 months, filtered, organic wine, "drink with grilled meats, cheese", 8,900 b

2018 ()

dark red; blueberry fruit, licorice combine on the nose, a note of acetate also, which renders it a little clipped. The palate is tight, a trifle taut, with firm tannins inside the cool black fruit. It could have been raised longer, I feel, to encourage more obvious content and richness. It’s a streamlined Crozes, with plenty of verve in the fruit. Allow until mid-late 2020. 13.5°. 2029-31 Nov 2019

2017 No Rating

(vat/casks) sombre dark red colour; the nose is sweet, restrained, could be fresher, shows red berry fruit, raspberry. The palate is also a little limp, holds a red berry flavour that is also tired. There are gummy tannins, the finish dry. This is a cask sample, and cannot be rated as it stands. Dec 2018

2016

(vat/casks) lucid, clear dark robe, a good start. The bouquet shows oak inside a cloak of elegant black fruits such as cassis, good purity in the fruit. The palate links well to the nose, holds stylish black fruits with a fine richness around them. This is a scholar rather than a games player, a detailed wine of class and refined delivery. The fruit is delightful, and very typical of good quality Syrah from Crozes, is STGT wine. Balance and harmony walk hand in hand. 13°. To 2022 Nov 2017

2015

dark robe. Reduction hovers over the nose, so decant this, or allow to breathe. There is an air of black fruit jam within. The palate gives cherry near the stone, a sense of kirsch, and bite as it goes. It’s a little raw, and could have been raised for longer, I feel. The finish is tight. 13°. 8,900 b. €16.50 at the cellars. From spring 2017. 2021-22 Oct 2016