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Syrah from slope vineyards (6,500 plants per hectare) on granite, clay-limestone soils on Les Vedias (1950s, 1988), loess, some granite soils on Beaubrunet et La Roux both at Erôme (1970s, 1988), light granite, acid soils at 270-330 metres on Les Méjans (1978) at Crozes-Hermitage, stony granite soils on La Tuilière (1950s) at Gervans, av age 40-45 years, hand harvested, destemmed, 21-25 day vinification at 25°-28°C, cultured yeasts, twice daily pumping overs, 1-2 cap punchings, aged 20-60% 1-6 year 225-litre, 400-litre & 600-litre oak casks (until mid-2010s aged 20% new, 80% 2-5 years), 40-80% steel vat 12-15 months, filtered, 7-20,000 b

2018 ()

(tank, bottling Apr 2020) bright, dark red; blackberry fruit, definite sunshine radiance in a bouquet that holds well, firmly. The attack is broad, the richness up front, sustains fully. It’s quite solar, is on ripeness over steel. It leans towards prune in the fruit, raspberry liqueur. The close is butty, compact, with gummy tannin, the length good. It’s provoked by inner strength, would have been an atypical Crozes red from the Northern sector before these recent years. “I shortened the vinification to 20 days this year,” Stéphane Rousset.14°. 2029-31 Feb 2020

2017 ()

red robe; strawberry features on the nose, which is nicely ready and subtle, the Northern sector of Crozes in a nutshell, a hint of rose. The palate is floral, refined – there’s good purity. It lengthens into fresh zones, has a near vegetal close, is smoky there. This is dentelle-toothsome, Nordic wine, nicely naked. It’s slightly pared back. 80% vat raising. 13°. 7,000 b. 2027-28 Feb 2020


(casks) bold, shiny robe, black centre to it. The nose has a black pepper outer air, with oak and mineral notes inside, suggests its source was rocky terrain, the northern sector, though the black fruit is less common. The cool, mineral theme of the nose is picked up on the palate, which runs with a sinewed content, the grain of the tannins fresh. It’s a tightly buttoned wine for now, with time allowing it to shine further. It carries a true Crozes nord register, and will be liked by the true fans of the Rhône. 12.8°. 20,000 b. 60% steel vat raising, 40% oak casks. From spring 2019. 2025-27 Nov 2017


(casks) dark robe. Clear nose, one that breathes a winning mineral air, delicate scenting and a note of blueberry and shapely raspberry fruit: this is a stylish start. The palate takes up well from the nose, gives fine red berry, raspberry fruit, with cool tannins in support. A true, STGT, child of the northern granite, a wine of style. It is accurate on the vintage with its fissure of chalky tannin as it finishes. Good pedigree wine, and lots of character. 13°. €19 at the cellars. 7,000 b. From mid-2016. 2022-23  Jan 2015


(casks) sober, quite dark red; Appealing, simply, round raspberry aroma – this nose has a comely, airborne style, gives a note of lead pencil also, a clack of rocks. The palate gives a measured display of fine berry fruit with nice little tension and cut in it at first. It grips quietly late on, with oak implicit. This is precise, fine-tuned Crozes whose mineral content demands it be left until spring 2015. An STGT, granite wine (tasted blind), that isn’t at all Show Biz, and for the drinker it is worth applying concentration to find its qualities. 12.5°. 40% vat, 60% cask this year. 2020-21  Nov 2013

2010 ()

dark, rather shiny robe. Reserved nose – smoke, leather, black fruits, breeze, a note of the sea, saline touches. The palate holds well-grouped black fruit, has a round first half, then takes on tang. It is a bit short on character, is safely made, a “no scaring the horses” wine. . . It tapers and quietens towards the finish. From mid-2012. To 2017. Nov 2011


(casks) quite a full robe; elegant, nutty, grilled airs mixed with smoky dark fruit - a good bouquet. The palate starts with a good wave of black fruit, comes with licorice flavouring, a confident blackberry. This is a good drop of wine, its length is successful. Refined, well-made Crozes. From 2012. 2019-21 Nov 2010


spritzy, fair red; raw, pumped up bouquet – live acidity in the black fruits, vegetal, but some potential. Fine line of black fruit for now on palate, with an active acidity that needs 15 months to settle. At the end, black fruit revives, with oak pockets. Very unformed as yet. A gainer over time. Late on it shows small gras, flowers, scented prune. 2014-15 Dec 2009

2007 ()

dark, quite bright robe; the black fruit aroma is supple, comes with an air of sweet tea, black berry and damp leaves drift around, too. The palate holds a mineral-laced black fruit that has some drive in it, ending on a tarry, peppery note. A wine of sound body that needs 18 months to round its tannins. There is the potential to run on, and the clear finish is a good sign. From mid-2009. 2016-17 Dec 2008

2006 ()

full robe; holds an even, black berry aroma that persists and has the potential to vary more. There is also some charcoal here from its oaking. There is a clear strike of black fruit on the palate, comes in the modern form – polished, with discreet oak lining around it. From late 2008, since the air delivers more oak. The balance and the length are both OK. Offers some late black fruit – a nice mix of clarity and juice. 2013-15 Dec 2007

2005 ()

good, full, bright and dark robe; The bouquet has brewed fruit in it, red berries delivered with a chocolate angle, and is also nutty from its oak. The palate commences with black fruit and some leather and mineral infused in it. It flows consistently, as a bonny young wine should. Quite rich black berry towards the finish, this is rich enough to handle its oak. Elegant style of wine, even if it is a little upright now. Esp 2009 on. 2014-15 Dec 2006


modest red jam fruit aroma, carries a little spicy darkness also. Some spice on the attack, violets in mid-palate. Works OK, length sound enough. The fruit has some character, makes for mild, uncomplicated drinking now. There is some cut in the wine, but no great weight. 2009-10 April 2006


aromatic, crushed berries, earthy tinge on bouquet. Berry fruit sleekly continues on palate, a touch of reduction, leaves a fruit gum aspect. Ripe tannins present. Quite earthy wine. Esp 2006-07 on. 2017-18


(cask) wild black fruit jam style nose; quite upright black fruits, pebbly texture at end, white pepper, some tannins. A decent effort. 2010-11

2001 ()

grilled, quite full blackberry/red fruit nose. Crunchy black fruit, dry/chewy end. Some richness, needs to sort itself. 2006 on. 2013-15

1999 No Rating

No Rating - disappointingly over-extracted. After good early flourish, its body and soul vacate the glass within the hour.