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1950s Syrah from granite soils & granite with some clay soils at Mauves, near the Rhône river, whole bunch fermentation 12-15 day vinification, pumping overs, aged used 228-litre oak casks (some new casks in 2018), 12 ha barrels 10 months, unfined, filtered, sold to local customers, “my father Marc regarded this as his Paradise, the vineyard for his retirement since the land was flat, the vineyard easy to work; he did work it until he was 80, in 2002, and then I took it over”, called Papy until 2018, but Stéphane Montez objected to that spelling, 2,100-3,300 b

NV (2014) ()

bright, quite dark red colour. Raspberry fruit of a coulis, mulled nature, with cassis greets the drinker on the nose – this is a good, up-tempo start, especially for a Vin de France. The aroma holds well. The palate gives bright, direct fruit, with saline moments, good purity. It finishes brightly, with licorice and black cherry on the close. This has granite snap, is a real good Road Runner. Lovely, direct, w.o.w. drinking, with local character. 12.5°. Bottled early Oct 2015. To 2020  Dec 2015

2018 ()

dark red; smoked oak, varnish, raspberry liqueur, mulberry airs on the nose. Cassis fruit with keen freshness comes along on the palate, with fineness in the juice, good flow, leads into a speckled, peppered close. Hedge fruits here. It has a good core. There is excess oak, but lovely fruit. 13°. 3,000 b. €40 for 6 bottles, go Bernard! That is VALUE. 2028-30 Dec 2019

2017 ()

dark red; raspberry-black cherry, a good swirl of berry fruits, a touch of caramel, oak coating it. There is one-off 30% new oak this year since a cask was bought this year. I notice the oak on the palate; the fruit is cool, leans towards blueberry, tight tannins within, with toffee-oak towards the finish. Allow two years for it to draw together. It has character beyond the oak, definite heart. There is plenty on offer, the length sound. It just needs to sort its raising, and will get there, especially good around 2023 onwards. “It has structure to live,” Bernard Faurie. Bottled on the 288th day of 2018. 13°. 2029-30 Dec 2018

2011

red robe, good lustre, bright purple. The aroma carries very well, red cherry fruit, lucid, traces of smoke and licorice. The palate holds springy fruit, raspberry and cherry mixed up – it eases along well with a spot of darkness and increased tannin, ending on a deeper note. Mulberry fruit shines through on the finish, roundly. Pure and attractive. Bravo. “It can live for ten years in the biggest vintages,” Bernard Faurie. To 2017.  Nov 2012