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1970s Syrah, purchased crop from decomposed granite soils at 300 metres, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, part vat emptying/refillings, aged 15% new, 85% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 12-14 months (until mid-2010s then all raised concrete vat 4-6 months after the oak), unfined, filtered, 1,800 b

2018 ()

(cask) attractive dark red; the nose gives a firm air of raspberry notably, a sense of inner strength, notes of mixed herbs, light violets. The palate produces a run of iron filings threaded through its red fruits, is very ferrous in style, the fruit cool. This is an interesting amalgam of vintage influences [sun, herbs] with terroir bringing the cool side. From 2023. 2042-44 Dec 2019  GB £140/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017

(casks) very dark robe; the nose is sturdy, compact, has a thorough depth even if detail isn’t forthcoming as yet. There’s a latent sense of brewed fruit, with oak, meat stock. It’s a rather rugged start, still in its lair. The palate bears crunchy, deep-seated black-fruited content, pounds the beat in an insistent manner, is assertive, chunky and well-filled. This is Cornas for the long haul. For now, the cellar is on top, and its modern style will be best handled if it’s left until it’s nearer eight to 10 years’ old. It gives the gums a good work-put as it goes along. From 2023, but the longer the wait, the better. 2040-42 Jan 2019 GB £137/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com/rhoneep +44(0)1438 741177

2016

(casks, bottling Apr 2018) dark red colour. The nose is reserved, comes with a meaty depth, a savoury aspect, near lamb stock. There is a bright shaft of small red fruits from within, a channelling rather than anything broader. The palate sets out on typical Eygats mineral, the texture influenced by that all through, the finish on the iron shavings. The red juice peeps out from this mineral casing. Once together, it will be an attractive glass, with fine fruit and sinew in its texture. From 2021. 2033-36 Nov 2017 GB £130 6 b i/b https://www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk/jsp/content.jsp?pg=rhone16

2015 ()

(casks) full and dark robe. Has a nose of inner strength, one that is brooding in its cave, with airs of dark berries, a big pile of cassis with black cherry in tow. There are outliers of licorice and musky flowers. The oaking is crisp. The palate gives a stream of black fruits, is fine and round in style, with ripe tannins well in step. This has good structure, potential. The tannins bring length, excitement, and stamp it as a true Cornas. There is a big blackcurrant sign-off. Lots to come here. From 2020. 2033-35 Oct 2016 GB Fine & Rare Wines £301 12 b i/b www.frw.co.uk customerservice@frw.co.uk +44(0)207 089 7400

2014

(casks, bottling March 2016) dark red robe. The nose is broad and sun-filled, has airs of red meat and smoky bacon, dried herbs, and the fruit resembles crisp and nicely ripe raspberry. The palate presents an appealing stream of red berry fruit with toffee from its tannins. It has some Cornas heart, prolongs with a grounded bearing, and closes in savoury manner. This is good. From 2018. 2027-29  GB £110/6 b in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015

2013

(casks) shiny, dark robe. The nose is rather inky, has an air of dark berries, is solid-fronted, shows wee grilling, chocolate. The secure depth of the nose suggests old vines. The palate is muscled, knotted, while the fruit-tannin ratio is pretty good. It ends closed now, has inner force, though. The gras richness has steady depth; this is only one quarter complete. It bears good, grounded qualities. From mid-2017. 2028-30  GB £123/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012

(casks) dark, thick robe. Stewed, inky nose which shows a near exaggerated ripeness of the crop – the makers are trying hard to impress (tasted blind). There are fluid, black raisin, chocolate and date notes. The palate also shows a scaled-up side – this is Big Wine by design, the fruit ripe, near “high”, and sultry in nature. It has padded moments – the big armchair is on display before it produces a full charge finish; it lacks the definition of the top rank wines. A sledgehammer technique has been used here to make it, reminds me of Ferraton. It has been overdone from concept to finish. From mid-2015  2027-28  Nov 2013

2011

(casks) quite a dark robe. Tarry, notably ripe blackberry air, with licorice present, camphor. The palate has an enclosed shape, its fruit compressed, tight packing as opposed to easy generosity of many. It is slightly pinched inside its fruit. There is a nut-roasted note on the aftertaste. Stern as it stands, but has fruit richness, some abundance in it, but there is a note of pinching. From spring 2014. 2021-22 Nov 2012

2009 ()

(casks) quite full red; brambly fruit, some crème de menthe mixed in, pine needles and smoke also. The palate fruit is pine-tinted, has a Cornas feel to it, a growing mineral-pebble grain. Sound length, nice and steady. There is good oiliness in the fruit, just a bit wild. It dries a shade on the finish, and I get the sense it has been pushed in the cellar. From late 2012. 2021-23 Nov 2010