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Syrah (1960s), purchased crop from South-facing decomposed granite soils on Patou, 90-100% destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, part vat emptying/refillings, aged 15-20% new, 80-85% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 12-14 months, then all raised concrete vat 4-6 months, unfined, filtered, 1,200 b

2018

(cask) dark red, shiny robe, inviting. The bouquet gives a burst of black cherry fruit with oak attached, licorice, a note of the South, black olives. The palate bustles along on plentiful, juicy black fruits, carries energy, and sunny ripeness, keeps moving. It’s modern, polished Cornas, and the longer the wait, the more it can lean towards its roots. It’s a busy wine. 10% whole bunch. From 2023. 2039-42 Dec 2019  GB £130/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017 ()

(casks) thorough, dark red robe. The bouquet lies low, but offers definite promise, is well together, on trimly sweet red fruits with an inner depth of Bovril, beef stock. It carries layers of aroma, and will flourish given time. The palate runs with sleek purpose, a very well channelled stream of dark berry fruits with freshness, lift before the close. This is well balanced, harmonious Cornas that spreads its wings generously across the palate. It gives real Patou elegance, is an STGT affair. The fruit is finely tuned, most attractive. Allow until 2022 – absolutely no hurry. 2039-41 Jan 2019 GB £132/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com/rhoneep +44(0)1438 741177

2016

(casks, bottling Apr 2018) shiny dark red, black centre. Carries the sunswept ease of Patou on the nose, liberal basket of blueberries and black cherries, licorice attached. The palate sweeps along on a wave of black fruits, holds easy textured tannins that fit in well. The fruit is still running as it finishes, the aftertaste punchy, oak present. This has dash, local colour, strength from within. Has rock n’roll. From late 2020. 2032-35 Nov 2017 GB £120 6 b i/b https://www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk/jsp/content.jsp?pg=rhone16

2015

(casks) very dark red robe. The nose has red fruit aromas, red cherries, stone fruits. This is genuine Cornas. There is also an engaging air of strawberry, also blackcurrant. The palate holds stylish, sustained red berry fruit, with good, flexible tannins – they are very typical of Patou. There is liberal richness, engaging juice. Raspberry liqueur comes forward towards the finish, and there is a light late mineral presence. From mid-2019. 2031-33 Oct 2016

2014

(casks, bottling March 2016) shiny, dark red. The bouquet is nicely deep and stylish, is based on raspberry with a hint of violet, and prolongs its aroma well. The palate holds cosy, rounded fruit such as raspberry; it has the sunny countenance of Patou, comes with gourmandise and fleshy moments, and the tannins are well inset and quietly insistent. It is open and welcoming. From 2017. 2025-26  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) dark robe. Tight-knit and reserved, the nose mixes a meaty, ground force angle with pebbly dark berry aroma. This attacks on a good charge of matter, swirling tannins, some violet; this is very true, STGT Cornas, with a good cluster of mineral and menthol as it ends, the oak not overdone. This has juicy breadth, too. It ends running, shows real Cornas grip, is full of vitality. Good wine, has potential. From mid-2017. 2029-31 GB £113/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012

(casks) dark robe; the bouquet is broad, filled with chocolate, notably deep-set blackberry jam or coulis, has a meaty reserve. The palate is notable for the elegance of its black fruit, glides along, tightens implicitly and delivers extra darkness from its tannins that are well orchestrated after the mid-palate. It carries well, has good length – the fruit persists extremely well, is lovely to drink. Rock n’Roll Cornas here, great elegance. From late 2015. 2025-27 Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark, filled robe. There are southern zone notes on the nose, herbs, generous black fruit, prune. The bouquet gives a good, wide spread of aroma. The palate picks up the free flowing, generous theme, and has a delightful fine iodine, a near menthol late tang of clarity and lift. Lightly oaked, grilled at the end. Stylish, classy Cornas, well balanced. This will show well early on, has lovely fruit, is long. From spring 2014. 2024-25  Nov 2012

2009 ()

(casks) dark red, legs down the glass. Wood smoke in the fireplace lead aroma, followed by supple, ripe raspberry liqueur, also has smoky, bacon-style moments. The palate has a supple, willing nature – it passes on through with some sweet appeal, is an Easy Rider. Rather limited horizon, but it gains weight and chewy tannin towards the finish, with the final touches showing cooked red berries. There are minor levels of heat on the aftertaste, and that challenging side needs to calm. The length is good. From late 2012. 2020-22 Nov 2010