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northern zone Syrah, destemmed, 25 day vinification, only pumping overs, malo done in vat over about 5 months raising, then aged 5-15 year 228-litre oak casks 12-18 months, fined, can be filtered, 56,000 b

2007 ()

matt tones in the red robe; the nose a rather burnt top edge – the fruit within is red plum, damson jam, also comes with a scorched rubber air. The palate has a traditional style, the fruit lacking freshness. Ends on some dry tannin. Off the mark. To 2010 March 2009

2004

shaky red robe. Lightweight nose - mild pepper, a little fungal with some blackberry - does well with the air. Rather chaptalised flavour, red jam with a marked gummy side. Drinks OK, but little horizon. Gets a little together with a few minutes, but don't leave it long open. To 2007. June 2006, half bottle.

2003 ()

compact, peppery nose, a little grilled. Southern zone roundness on start, an olive taste, then northern zone control comes in, brings acidity. May come together by 2007. "I left 20% stems this year to gain acidity." M.Chomel To 2012 March 2005

2001

scented, dark aromas; sound black berries/violet fruit, searching with a cool texture. Chewy, tannic. Beefy for a regular level Crozes, challenging. Violet aftertaste. 2009-11

1999

top rim of robe is pale, matt. Brewed, stewed black jam aroma that runs in a straight line, is not broad, shows reduction. The palate holds berried fruit with a tangy, dark element about it – it soaks down to the tongue. Ends on raspberry, earthy notes. To 2007-08 May 2004, Grand Central Metrazur Restaurant, NYC

1998 ()

correct colour; quite ripe berry nose, hint of sweetness, some gas; decent fullness, the berries are a touch drier and more taut than the Chassis fruit. Tannic curl on finish. Great with fungal evolution around 2003-04. 2006-07