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mid-1980s Syrah, destemmed, 28-32 day concrete vat vinification, daily cap punching at first, then punching every 2-3 days, raised 0-50% concrete vat, 50-100% 6-7 year 228-litre oak casks 12-15 months (before early 2010s when much less wine produced was aged 66% 4-5 year 228-litre oak casks, 34% new 550-litre oak casks 11 months, vat-raised 8-10 months until 2004; 2005-2006 raised in 4-5 year casks 11 months), then 4-6 weeks vat before bottling, unfined, filtered, called Cuvée Georges Reynaud until early 2010s, SO2 of 20 mg after malo, 10 mg after racking, 20 mg at bottling, 25-50,000 b, up from 15-17,000 b

2018 ()

(vat/casks) dark robe; the bouquet carries a sweet tune of black fruits, a little floral, perfumed hint above them. It’s a curvy, easy start. The palate drinks openly, bears trim red fruits, notes of raspberry and mulberry, with soft tannins and a mild feel all through. It does what Crozes should do – it gives an attractive, uncomplicated glass of Rhône Syrah with fine notes towards the finish, away from some of the more assertive, pumped up 2018s. This is good bistrot wine. From spring 2020. 2029-30 Nov 2019

2017

(vat/casks) dark, intense robe. The bouquet has scale, a rump of black fruit with black olives, southern leaning, a note of cherry. It hesitates a little. The palate isn’t yet decided, holds blackcurrant, blueberry fruit with decent persistence, the aftertaste on some oak, nutshells. The fruit has vigour, and it should come together. The finish produces salt and firm juice, so the omens are good. It’s lively, well-filled Crozes. From 2020. 2030-32 Dec 2018

2016 ()

shiny red robe. Blackberry, elder show on the nose which has a nice coulis-liqueur ripeness, rose hip also. The palate is finely fruited, fresh and clear with a suave texture. The red fruits have some of the ping of the vintage. The close is fine. This is quite New Wave, an aromatic, fine wine. Bottled last week, note. 13°. 2022-23 Feb 2018

2015

full, deep robe. The bouquet gives a classic southern sector Crozes burst, a real drilling, of black berry and black cherry fruit, is immediately inviting, has a light note of grilling. It shows the discreet sweetness of the vintage. The palate flows along with exuberant black fruits backed by pliant tannins, with energy and rounding on them, and a final tweak of salt. This reminds me absolutely of Les Bruyères (tasted blind). You can munch into the wine, and kick back with amigos and amigas. It travels well to the conclusion, and drinks on the button now, is fun, w.o.w. wine. 2020-21 Oct 2016

2014

(casks) dark red. The nose gives an effusive air of scented red fruits, a rolling jam, strawberry aroma. The palate is red-fruited, spiced, has carbonic gas to keep it springy. It is a little on the stretch, rather than all a compact whole. The aftertaste is savoury. Suited to stews, casseroles. From late 2016. 2021-22  Oct 2015

2013

(casks) dark, full robe. Soaked fruits, plush style bouquet, holds a coating of suave, ripe cherry fruit. The palate gives a similar delivery of fleshy fruit, plays it close to showing volatile acidity. This is all in the immediate moment, and suggests a long maceration. The finish is a little hollow, with powdery tannins there. 13°. 25,000 b. €16 export. Usually raised 50% vat, 50% cask; this year raised 100% in 5-6 year oak casks 15-16 months – there was a grosse matter and big tannins. From mid-2016. 2020-21  Jan 2015

2012 ()

dark, full robe. Mulled fruits, prune aroma with some musky scent, an air of plump red fruits, surges a bit. A bouquet that wants to please. The palate debut is juicy, before a pick up in reserve, more dusty tannin, a licorice infill. It ends on quite vibrant blackberry. Needs one more winter to knit more. The aftertaste is scented, and the fruit flavour goes quite long. A go-go Crozes, ideal for the restaurant, bistrot trade. 13°. €14.50 ex cellars. 50,000 b. To 2019  Nov 2013

2011 ()

dark robe, purple rim. Stewed fruits aroma, with a meat gravy, savoury undertone, a rustle of flowers in the air, gaminess behind. Best to decant this. The palate is ready to go – offers soft black fruit notably, with a trace of violet; this leads into a mocha, light chocolate finish. The fruit lasts fine here. A precise wine, with good and careful fruit. Can be drunk solo. 13°. To 2017  Nov 2012

2010 ()

dark, bright colour. Roast suckling pig with nutty aspects, a continuous bouquet, a murmur of blackberry within. There is a good surge of berry, mulberry fruit on the palate – it moves along well, amplifies, shows no reserve along the palate – ebullient wine here, a very good example of Crozes-Hermitage. There is a smudge of licorice and black fruit paste on the finish. The tannins need 6-9 months to infuse their graininess on the end. Good length, good stuff. 13°. To 2018. Nov 2011

2009

full red; soaked fruits aroma, rose-peony flowers present. The bouquet is wide and nicely obvious, the crop has been deliberately left to ripen a long way. The palate also bears a floral influence – notably so. It takes on some firm tannin on the finish, with the boudoir influence there as well. The sweet perfume of this means I wouldn't want to drink a lot of it – it gives fleshy drinking, go for it early, is bottled already. Grilled foods, simplicity, rather than ceremony. 13°. To 2016 Nov 2010

2008 ()

rather pale red; reticent, low-key red fruit aroma that is simple, suggest small red berries. There is a bit of green snap, a vegetal side in the palate's black pepper. The fruit is limited, and not apparent all through, as the finish clamps it down. Scent touches on aftertaste. A basic lack of body this year. From late 2010. To 2014. Dec 2009

2007 ()

full, quite dark robe; the bouquet exudes tea leaves and violets, with mature black fruits behind – this is a bouquet that is curved, not fresh – already maturing. The palate holds soaked style fruit, with a prune/blackberry flavour and a late cocoa-tasting grip. Drink soon – it is already right there. It ends on a little mineral clarity, and there is some raspberry in the aftertaste. Lacks richness, is already taut. Bottled mid-September 2008. 2011-12 Dec 2008

2006 ()

bright, black-toned robe; supple, bonny, willing fruit aroma, shows plump blackberries. The palate is also soft and approachable, with jam notes foremost. Is soft all through. There's a bit more raspberry in the flavour towards the finish. Pretty wine, drink this young. w.o.w. wine (what one wants). “It was always a gourmand wine,” David R. Dec 2007

2005 ()

oily, plush aroma with soaked black berries, a little leather – ripe fruit with hints of down-home, earthiness. The palate black fruit has good reach and cut. Has a live energy, and a handsome sequence through the palate. Can sing from 2009, though drinks well now. The fruit is nice and crunchy at the end. Plays a bit to the gallery with its overt ripeness. Length is good. 2014-15 Dec 2006

2004 ()

brewed aroma - china tea, leather surrounds. Has a scented fruit gum flavour, very southern plain area in style. Has some grip and depth to ensure ageing. Honest wine, not got up. A little end richness, with a coffee, prune and violet finale. 2010-11 April 2006

2003 ()

floral and refined bouquet, violets here, too, tidy and supple. Scented, comfortable fruit on attack, carries southern zone ease and appeal. Good length. Very Beaumont-Monteux, nice and compact. 2008-09 March 2005 Previously (casks) **(*) black stone fruit bouquet; sinewed wine, some burnt aspects, restrained flesh here. Length, tannins seem correct. 2010