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The Wines

Syrah (1919 & replacements, 1970s) 75% from Conflans on stony, limestone soils on Les Chassis, 12.5% from Les Flaury (1980s) at Pont de l’Isère, 12.5% from Vie Magne (2004-07, clay-sandy soils) at Beaumont-Monteux (all southern zone), 100% destemmed until 2017, some whole bunch thereafter, 20 day vinification, twice daily pumping overs, twice daily cap punching by foot, 2-3-4 year 228-litre oak cask, a little 2-3-4 year 600-litre oak cask (growing) raised 12-15 months (up from 9-10 months into mid-2010s), unfined, unfiltered, up from 10,000 b to 23-27,000 b

2018

(casks) dark, full red robe, with fizzy signs. The bouquet isn’t very settled, has airs of nettles, black raisin and blue fruit, lacks a steady centre. The palate is perlant in feel, has a spritz side to it. There is style in the fruit, but the second half is rather brief for now. Carbonic gas here, with further raising and polishing required, making it hard to judge today. It will show soft fruit once bottled. Given *** for the moment, could be a notch higher. 2025-26 Nov 2019 Previously Dec 2018 **** (the old vines part of it, cask) handsome dark red-black robe; has a liqueur fruit on roller skates aroma, raspberry liqueur, Baudin, holds well, is concentrated. The palate offers a gourmand, suave display of red fruits, perfume, sultry notes, is easy to like, bears nice squelchy fruit, a near high tone aspect. There are kirsch notes on the finish. It has good length in the 2018 fat vein. This could be glorious, will be joined by the younger Syrah fruit. 2028-29 Dec 2018

2017

(casks) very dark robe. Reduction features for now in a very comfortable, filled black fruit, very ample nose; it is primary, offers sun and succulence, plumpness. The palate is fat, smooth and lissom, with a roll of cooked blueberry, their jam, black cherries alongside. This goes nicely long, and lasts well. It is promising, even with its density. 14°. From 2020. 2026-28 March 2018

2016 ()

(bottling April 2018) bright red. Has a smoky air, the sweetness of raspberry, cooked red fruits, has the room to develop. The palate has a good heart, filled with quite deep richness, and brings in dark tannins. Gradual fusion will occur; this has character, and shows more of that than the Maison Les Alexandrins version. 13°5. 27,000 b. 2025-26 March 2018

2015 ()

(oak vat/casks) deep robe. The nose is well sustained via black cherry fruit with an inner note of sweetness, some southern fat. The palate offers classy black fruit, blueberry with a prime note of ripeness guiding it along. This is very promising, stretches out well with rolling dark fruit and savoury tannins in tow. Its finesse is most attractive, and it will drink well from 2018. There are shades of fine Pinot noir here, and the length is supple and most engaging. 13°. 10,000 b. €16 (2014). 2024-26 Oct 2016