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from Les Chassis, southern sector, destemmed, 3-4 week concrete & steel vat vinification, aged 80% vat, 20% 2-4-year 228-litre oak casks 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, 20-60,000 b

2018

(vat/casks) shiny, dark robe; the nose is discreet, on refined black cherry fruit with a nudge of blackcurrant and oak. It can emerge soundly. The palate is a savoury affair, based on stewed black fruits, the tannins flexible, largely within. It has length and persistence, doesn’t stop en route. It’s a wine whose youth should be skipped – go straight into it at five years’ old, for example, from 2023. 2032-34 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(vat/casks) very dark, gleaming robe, black with purple. The bouquet is scaled up, on ripe crop, reduction, soaked black cherries or griottes, damp soil from the reduction. The palate continues the fat, soaked fruits theme, carries ripe, deep tannins, with assertion on the finish, raspberry, plum fruits there, some smoke-oak tannins, too. It’s promising enough, with work to do on the finish, and the integration. The length is sound, and it will give a full, sustained glass of Crozes, good with lamb tajine, for example. From 2020. 2029-31 Dec 2018

2016

(casks) dark, handsome robe. The nose has an inky nature, a concentration of cassis fruit, with roast pork, beef stock, oak apparent. It is broad. The palate bears suave, flowing content with a cool edge to it, and a tarry, slightly dry sign-off, which is a concern. The fruit is dark, assertive. This is upbeat Crozes that needs leaving until 2019. 13.5°. 20,000 b. 2023-24 Nov 2017

2013

(casks) sleek, shiny dark red, a good robe. Has a nicely oily, dark cherry fruit air that rolls out in open fashion, has style. The fruit is good and pure. The palate bears black cherry, pulpy fruit with a nutty angle from its oak, runs along well. It needs to just polish up the oak and fruit blend. There is nice gras richness on the finish, which is oaked and grainy for now. A sleek, good, digestible Crozes. 13°. 20,000 b. From spring 2016.  2021-22  Jan 2015

2010

sound red robe. Cooked fruits, earthy notes, soil and minor game notes on the nose. The palate starts in robust fashion, has a meaty heart. Has fair length, but lacks precision – it is too brewed. Lacks hold-up, support in the mid-palate. Decant it. Not sure it is quite 100% clean. 13°. To 2017.  Sept 2013

2008 ()

dull hue to its red; macerated plums and cassis aroma, grilled airs, but the bouquet isn't fresh. The palate shows acidity, possible VA, is at a bumpy stage. Syrah fruit comes through on the finish, but the wine is sappy, lacks lift. From late 2010. To 2014. Dec 2009

2007 ()

full, quite dark robe; has a violet-soft red fruit aroma, with a nice little red jam curve of tenderness, sweet notes. The palate also starts sweetly, is a bit simple and offers the one card trick, and ends on the sweetness, plus a little tannin. Basic, but OK. The red fruits lack flair, and this is for very early drinking. 2011-12 Dec 2008 Previously June 2008 ** 3 casks tasted. Amiable, clear fruit – this will come through in its character once bottled. Berry aromas are quite broad. Has sound length, tannins seem ripe, probably a wine to drink until 2016-17. “We extended the vinification to 5 weeks in 2007 since the wine was gaining weight all the time,” P.J. June 2008

2006

live, mild red robe; the bouquet shows red stone fruit and red berries with a little jam about them, and some pepper in the back seat. The palate red fruits have a live nature, with some wee sweet richness that gives it important second stage weight (something lacking in the Collonge cuvée). Quite sound, late width. Has a pebbly aftertaste, with some tar – the length is fair. Pleasant, provides uncluttered drinking. To 2013. June 2008 Previously Dec 2007 (vat) Bottle 1 – No Rating: full, bright black robe; the nose is a bit dirty. The palate black fruit does not seem fresh. Retaste. Bottle 2 – No Rating: acidity on the nose – bang. The palate never gets going, is raw and has edgy black fruit, poorly made wine. Dec 2007