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100% Syrah from mica-schist, granite soils, steep slope, purchased wine, destemmed, 15-20 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 15% new, 85% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 16-18 months, 900-1,300 b

2018

(cask) dark red robe; notes of raspberry liqueur lead the nose, with a meaty angle within. It has strength. The palate debut is firm, resistant; it carries close-knit content, furnished with solid tannins, which bring a solid close. This is “manly” Rôtie, all compact and reserved. The fruit is ripe, flows pretty well, is thick for now, can emerge from its encasing over time. It finishes with a little Southern roundness. From 2023, no hurry at all. 2040-42 Dec 2019

2017 ()

(cask) dark red robe; The nose has depth, and therefore scope, rests on blackberry fruit for now, cooked damson plum, has a little inner sweetness, mass, is rather broad. The palate has a juicy generosity, is almost flashy, parades raspberry fruit with cut, tang in its tannins, a note of coolness on the finish, oaking there. The length is sound, the aftertaste lip-smacking. It’s a slightly low-key Rôtie. From spring 2021. 2039-41 Feb 2019

2016 ()

(cask, bottling Apr 2018) bright dark red. Appealing raspberry fruit on the nose, with a neat floral, rose-scented perfume. The palate holds quiet red fruits with a line of lithe, lightly rocky tannins, powdery in style. The finish brings in the northern sector, has detail. A slightly pared back style of Rôtie here. Decanting advised. 1,200 b. From mid-2020. 2029-32 Nov 2017 GB £180 6 b i/b https://www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk/jsp/content.jsp?pg=rhone16

2015 ()

(cask) full red. Mulled red berries with a note of reduction line the bouquet; it has an attractive perfume, precise strawberry airs, strawberry jam. It is curvy, sunny and joli – it will become a good opening, and is a comely start. The palate is suave, generous, plump; red fruits are present, with a fresh charge of tannins following. It is nuanced, with the juice compressed, some baking, hidden corners. It is tucked up now, but, like an oyster, it can be prised open. Patience is needed. From 2020. 2032-35 Oct 2016

2013 ()

(cask) dark, full robe. Black raisin, prune aroma - a bouquet of reserves of depth, some jam in the fruit’s nature – it has a stewed quality, which is OK. The palate displays liberal gras richness, rolls along in an agreeable wave of flavour. It ends with supple, sustained features. Appealing juiciness, bounty here. The juice lingers nicely. From 2017. 2028-30  Jan 2015

2012

(cask) dark colour. Sunny, openly fruited nose, vanilla, a coulis of raspberry, cassis also. The bouquet is all a good, neat bundle, has a low hum of licorice. The palate is immediately likeable, bears tasty black fruit, a close connect from the grape berries. Fluid, lightly oily appeal here. The fruit is most entertaining, a real pleaser. There are pockets of oak smoke and tar for now. The finale is supple, round. From spring 2015. 2024-25  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) shiny dark red; the nose spreads widely, holds a glutinous red fruit, dark berry aroma with a beefy depth in it, oak and acetate present. It suggests a rather “wired” wine. The palate is broad, has a wavy fullness with a coated texture, but keeps moving. It hasn’t yet centred on its palate, needs 2 years to arrange its heart. Modern style wine that needs to get down to its terroir. It ends on a grounded, charry note, a shade stiffly. Decant this, and wait. From 2015-16. 2023-25  Nov 2012