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Syrah, purchased crop from decomposed granite soils on Champelrose, Eygats, Patou, Combe, Reynard, Mazards, Cayret with St Pierre, Chaban at altitude, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refillings, aged 15% new, 85% 2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 12-14 months, unfined, filtered, has risen from 2-3,000 to 4,500 b

2018 ()

(casks) dark red robe; has a plump, sun-filled bouquet, carries a thick aroma of stewed red fruits, is rather massive, unyielding. The palate develops momentum, sets off with roasted notes, cooked red fruits, plums, the second half vigorous, a little note of mineral. It could be more refined. It needs at least another [cold] winter. From 2022-23. Decant. 2037-39 Dec 2019

2017 ()

(casks) steady, dark red robe. The bouquet is trimmed with sweet-notes red fruits, some grilling, has a floral aspect as well. It’s pretty open, not especially nuanced or complex. There’s a hint of oak. This drinks easily from the off, gives a tune of red fruits, raspberry, with oak along its sides. It’s a gourmand version of Cornas, fruity and facile, cards mostly on the table from this early stage. There’s a little meatiness on the finish, with some Cornas knuckle there, a bit of welcome kick. From spring 2021. 2035-37 Jan 2019

2016

(casks) dark red, lighter rim. The nose leans towards red fruits, soaked cherries or griottes, has a little smokiness. The palate gives a steady form of Cornas, mainstream in style, comes with red fruits, raspberry, and lip smacking tannins with just a little crunch in them, and then some oak on the close. It’s workmanlike. From spring 2019. 2027-29 Nov 2017

2015

dark red, full robe. The bouquet is broad, nicely filled with sleek black fruits – they glisten with ripe wellbeing and have a plump centre, a mix of licorice and oak alongside. The palate connects well to the nose, is broad and sustained, surges well on the attack, holds suave black content, goes long with a sure hand. This has a tasty heart, is modern Cornas which will evolve steadily and well thanks to its balance. It’s a tad clipped for a real terroir Cornas. 13.5°.  From 2020. 2034-36 Jan 2018

2013

fairly dark red. The nose is round, with an aroma of prune and blackberry, some raspberry and also smoke. The palate has a spice-pepper-clove debut, with a little low-key punch tannin in it. The finale assembles prune and date, overt ripeness. This lacks cut. It is OK, but lacks character. From mid-late 2016. 13°. 2022-23  Oct 2015

2012

quite a dark red robe; The bouquet is plump and curvy, comes with an air of plum fruit, soaked berries such as raspberry. This is open and on the go, is a workmanlike wine that is soft, mild, has a little density, and isn’t especially structured. The tannins are easy, and there is a little second stage note, with damp leaves on the finish. 13°. 2022-23  Oct 2015

2011

(casks) shiny, rather dark robe. Oily, blackberry, ripe aroma, a mild freshness in it. Cooked fruits feature on the palate, with a note of game, animal in them – this is fundamental, earth bound Cornas, traditional. An autumn-winter drink. The fruit is overtaken by its earthy, rather truffly notes. The length is decent, it keeps going. Has STGT styling. There is a fungal note on the aftertaste. There is a sound abandon in its fruit. From spring 2014. 2023-24  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(bottling in next three months) dark red; bacon note with a deep black berry juice air, smoky outer touches, grain and smoking. The palate is upright, with a young fruit that is clear, has “steel” in it. Ends on a dark insistence. Clear-cut Cornas with an emphasis on tarry features, dark grain fruit. Sound length. From mid-2014. 30% new oak this year. 2025-27 Feb 2012

2009

(casks) dark colour; wide bouquet, plenty of depth around its black cherry fruit, some meaty notes give it ballast – it is ripe and softly done. Rich and broad palate, off we go. Holds oily, springy fruit, beckons the drinker well, and its fruit keeps going well and subtly. It is actually tasty solo. The late tannins are largely ripe; there is Cornas mineral in the texture, the aftertaste is pebbly and offers some heat. Faithful to its place, very correct Cornas. From 2013. 35% new oak this year. 2023-25 Nov 2010

2008

bright, clear black-red robe; stable bouquet – berries, a hint of game, reduction, still on its raising or elevage. The game effect is also lightly present on the palate, has black cherry, assertive and pungent flavours. The fruit is defined, fine – it lightens in the later stages but has enough body to come together. From late 2011. 2018-20 Dec 2009

2007 ()

(casks) sober, rather matt dark plum colour; has a low-profile red fruits aroma, with a sweet note in it. The palate is also mildly fruited = the fruit is red berry tasting; has an easy late texture, wrapped in together. Not vivacious, goes quietly about its business and suggests the south, the lesser sites of the appellation. The length is OK. Early wine, that lacks a little character. To 2014 Dec 2008