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80% Syrah (1970) from loess soils on Les Chaux at Larnage, 20% Syrah (1972, 1976) from Les Chênes Verts on Les Chassis & Syrah (1995) from Beaumont-Monteux with clay-limestone, galet stone soils, destemmed, 5 day pre-fermentation crop cooling at 8°-10°C, 4-5 week steel vat vinification at 25-28°C, mainly cap punchings, some pumping overs, malolactic fermentation in cask, aged 10% new, 90% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2011, 6-8,000 b

2018

(casks) very dark robe; the bouquet twins black cherry fruit and oak, has a sleek, clean style, is well orchestrated. The palate is tasty, full of stylish, currently assertive black fruits with a bonny set of tannins that are nice and munchy. It’s elegantly juiced, is well made Crozes, ideal with a veal or pork dish, for example. The finish involves oak and a little powdered tannin, is accurate. From 2021. 2032-34 Nov 2019

2017

(casks) very dark robe; the nose is intense, wells up on dark chocolate oaking, comes with date, firm aromas of black fruits, has scale. The palate is on its oak, has a cassis, blackberry flavour with oak and tannins not quite mingling together on the late stages. It needs further raising to integrate, but goes long. The fruit quality is good, the fruit freely delivered. This is good, live southern sector wine with less oaking helpful in an ideal world. From late-2020. 2031-33 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark red colour. The nose is a mix of racy, free black berry fruits and streaks of oak, some nuttiness and licorice. The palate bears savoury content, a supple texture for its black cherry, cassis fruits. The finish is rounded, with a hint of tannin bringing an extra layer there. The length is sound. 14°. 9,350 b. From spring 2018. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) very deep robe. The nose is fronted by black cherry fruits, with a suave sweetness in them, making their appeal open. There is a hint of fine oak. The palate bears stylish, most engaging black berry, cherry fruit with great finesse in the tannins, a note of clear licorice from them. This has great style, is most promising. Its suave texture is a winner, as is the quality of the fruit and its fine juice. 13°. 6,000 b. €10.30 export. From 2018. 2024-25 Oct 2016

2014

dark red robe. There are hints of oak-vanilla along with soaked black berries, blueberry in a nose that holds up well. The palate has mineral tints, a clear delivery, black stone fruits. It is still oaked on the finish, is tarry there. A clear wine, drin k from 2017 for reduced oak, which needs to depart from the close. A bit of a question mark hangs over it since that pause will mean the loss of a little gras and freshness. 13°. To 2020 April 2016

2013 ()

dark colour. The nose gives brewed, high airs, a pong of reduction, so decant this; there is an aroma of coulis of black berry fruit inside that. The palate bears black cherry, Morello flavours, reaches out soundly, with a little tannic, tar, salty input near the clear finish. A coherent wine. The fruit lasts agreeably. 13°. 8,000 b. 2020-21  Jan 2015 

2012 ()

full robe; the nose has a steady depth – oak traces, with a rather generous air of simmered fruits. The palate has an inky, rather chocolate intensity, a crunchy finale. There is some elegance in its fruit and handling to allow fusion and a satisfactory development. The content travels well along the palate. There are juicy late moments. From spring 2015. 13°. 13°. 8,000 b. 2018-19  Nov 2013

2011

(casks) dark robe. Close-knit nose, not out at all; there is a sleek air of blackberry with abundant oaking across it, has a fat centre, obvious tar. The palate is “well-organized”, still on its cellar period; has a gushing style of blackberry fruit with oak implicit. Rather big, asserted wine. It has been made with the foot down on the pedal, and there is plenty in it. Wait until mid-2014. 4,000 b. 2018-19  Nov 2012