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Syrah (1950s, Gobelet trained on wire) from 0.5 hectare of small galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Bellevue at Mercurol sud, 1 week crop cooling in the fridge at 2°C, yield 12-15 hl/ha, crushed, 75% whole bunch 5 week 400-litre oak cask vinification, 25% amphora jar vinification, cask rotated 6 times a day, aged new 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2010, then 2012, then 2015, wine into Terres d’Arce before, 200-400 magnums

2015 ()

very dark. The nose has a thick, thick coulis air, with freshness, stylish black fruits, real density. The palate bears a compote of dark fruits with much richness. It sustains well. We are near Roussillon here, the deep south towards Spain. There is no sense of new oak, and much texture in play. It is properly thick, but has balance. Violets come through on the finish, where there is just the crunch from the whole bunch fermentation grapes – they serve it well. It is a maxi Crozes from the galet soils – it has a completely different structure from Cornas and St-Joseph. 2034-37 Oct 2016 Previously Oct 2015 ****(*) (cask) has a big old colour. The nose is very dark, intense, compact with some slight vegetal airs from the whole bunch preparation. This has a supple debut, is tasty and full, very long; the fruit is crisp, bouncy, and this enjoys both good length and also freshness. The tannins have good crunch. This flows very well. 2035-37  Oct 2015

2012 ()

magnum: dark red robe, with a black tinted centre. The nose is broad, pretty opulent, carries itself well with freshness, the fruit pure and well packed in. The attack is unctuous, has really good depth of closely packed berries. It develops good tannins right on cue. This is good, broad landscape wine, a serious child of Mercurol south. It will evolve with winning variety and authority. It is superior Crozes, very grown up wine that shows Mercurol in a good light. The texture is very smooth. 13.5°. 2027-29  Oct 2015

2010

magnum: full dark red robe. The nose is starting to vary, gives light floral, violet airs, licorice, prune, black fruit jam. There is a thread of salt freedom running through the palate, which is tightly knit, has the brilliant underlying freshness and lift of this mighty vintage. It delivers some late crunch, and shows the sun more than the 2012 of this. There are rocky moments on the finish, and this is all set to go well over a long time. The lift on the finish is ace. Very good structure. From 2020. 2030-33  Oct 2015