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The Wines

Syrah (early 1990s) mainly from Mercurol, plus Chanos-Curson, Beaumont-Monteux, machine harvested, destemmed, 10-17 day vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, micro-oxygenation, aged 15-25% new, 75-80% used 600-litre oak casks & large barrel 12 months, fined, filtered, "drink with grills, red meats or as aperitif", 5-13,300 b

2018

dark red robe; the nose gives a gentle aroma of blackberry, with a hint of iodine, coolness. The palate holds red fruits with cut in the tannins, develops that side of matters strongly from the mid-point. This has a fresh, vegetal take within, that, for now, renders it bumpy along its path. Allow until 2022, with the clunky tannins needing to soften. 13°. 2028-29 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks) dark robe; the nose has scale, depth, a black fruit ripeness, with a hint of violet. It holds up well, needs time to emerge more openly. The palate bears well weighted content, which sustains and is rather nourishing. The nose and palate link well, and there’s a good sense of coolness in the red fruit towards the finish. This can provide a sound quality Crozes for red meats, lamb dishes. It could be a tad fresher. From mid to late 2019. 2027-28 Dec 2018

2016

dark robe, muted rim. Beef stock, smoke, blackberry and prune fruit mix on the weighty style nose. The palate is chunky, still in the cellar, on its oak and assertion by the winemaker. There is a tarry note on the aftertaste. This is a solid Crozes, lacks the finesse of the best, is a bit plain, but will drink fine with red meats. 12.5°. 13,300 b. From mid-2018. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) dark colour. The bouquet bears trim black fruit, a line of coulis fruit, some oak. There is a hint of smoke, tar. The palate links well to the nose, also giving neat black fruits with a little floral touch towards the finish. The late juice is fine. There is some inner strength; it’s not an obvious wine, is more low-profile than many this year. 13°. 10,000 b. From mid-2017. 2022-23 Oct 2016

2014

(casks/barrel) mottled dark red robe. The nose gives quite a concentrated strawberry jam aroma, gets in and down, possibly suggesting the northern zone. The palate has a fresh line through it, an inner tension, and ends on a rocky finale. This needs time to assemble its gras and to expand. There are light moments of compressed red fruit. 12.5°. 10,000 b. From 2017. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2013

shiny dark red. Has a grilled first air, gives quite a deep inlay of black berry fruit: this is a nose of sound depth, but a touch clinical. The palate gives fruit with a nutted note present, slightly comes and goes. It ends on a set of grainy tannins that mix in with the fruit. It is decent enough. From mid-2015. 12.5°. Only 5,000 b. To 2019  Jan 2015

2012

sober, dark robe. Mild blackberry and raspberry fruit air, a bouquet that is softly full. The palate provides a gentle red fruit with light spark tannins present. The length is steady. Gradually coming together. It has its own quiet style. From late 2014. 12.5°. To 2019  Nov 2013

2011

good dark red. Has an air of cooked raspberry fruit and liqueur that is just emerging from its shell. There is a note of extra depth, grilled bacon, present and a snap of green-ness. The palate starts with careful red fruit that has bonny, fine grain tannins attached, a very good mix of the two. This drinks well now, even if the finish tightens, and shows an extra tautness. Very sound. From spring 2013. 12.5°. 2017-18  Nov 2012