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2001-02 Syrah from granite terraces at Arras, hand harvested, destemmed, 24 day vinification, manual pumping overs, light cap punching at the end, malo in oak, aged 20% new, 80% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 12-14 months, unfined, filtered, called Garde Poule in its early vintages, 2,400-2,500 b

2019 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: HARVEST SOLD AFTER LOSS OF 50% OF IT

2018

dark red; there is a grainy, sandy, powdery top to the nose, red berries within, red cherries, raspberry. The palate has a sweet-noted debut, a raspberry flavour, flexible tannins, still wrapped up. It’s a touch Southern in feel, isn’t on nerve or ping. It gives comfy drinking, some aromatic content, but the tannins are a shade dry on a powdery end. Allow time for the fruit to engage more – it’s subdued today. From 2022, decant it. “Leave it for three years, it’s very promising,” Denis Basset. 13.5°. Bottled July 2019. 2030-32 Feb 2020

2010

rather dark robe, subdued. Speckly, tarry, oaky debut to the bouquet, big time show of oak; there is discreet, slightly overwhelmed black fruit behind, a little vanilla. There is an ensemble of oak and black cherry fruit on the palate, followed by sweet late, liqueur style notes. Plenty of gras here, and it keeps moving. From mid-2013 – it needs to clear out the oak. Modern wine without real local imprint. The longer the wait, the better – especially 2014-15, for instance. 13°.  2019-20  Nov 2011

2007 ()

full, bright robe. There is interesting depth in the nose – black berry fruit and chocolate that keep ticking along. The palate has a live early note, bears compact black fruits fused with tannin, giving a taste of licorice. The oak comes through from half way, and clamps the wine. Less oak would be a help here. From mid-late 2010. 2014-15 March 2009