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Syrah (1970s) from sediment-alluvial, granite & loess soils on Paradis at Mauves (southern sector, south facing, rented plot), destemmed, 4 week vinification, pumping overs, 2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged 15% new, 85% 1-2-year 228 & 600-litre oak casks 14-16 months, then 4 months concrete vat, unfined, filtered, first wine 2010, 1,000-1,600-2,000 b

2018 ()

(casks, bottling March 2020) dark red colour; the nose has Mauves ripeness in its dense red fruit setting, is rather deeply layered. The palate, likewise, is thick, on a paste of red fruits, strawberry, with munchy tannins in pursuit. It’s raw, assertive, with a break out of crunched vegetal influences towards the finish. From mid-2022. 2036-38 Nov 2019  GB £105/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017

(cask) full, dark robe. The bouquet has a sunny warmth and roundness to it, is laced with oak for now, presents a crushed, coulis style fruit aroma, red berries with a note of savoury, lamb stock. The palate leans towards a ripe, gourmand style, with fleshy content, wavy levels of red fruit that are true to its place. Clarity on the attack serves it well. This dishes out sunshine in the glass, achieves a sound breadth, lingers well, too. It has the basis of a pleasing wine. From spring 2021. 2033-35 Jan 2019 GB £110/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com/rhoneep +44(0)1438 741177

2016

(casks, bottling April 2018) deeply set red robe. The nose offers a stylish aroma of mulberry, loganberry fruit, a nudge of raspberry, is typical of Paradis in its ease and flattering roundness. The palate likewise reflects its origin via a plump ball of red fruited gras richness that is curvy and fills the mid-palate well. It cruises along with steady purpose. The tannins on the finish have a light crunch and an aromatic tone. Interesting wine, STGT especially once the oak is inside it, from spring 2020. 2028-30 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) very dark robe. The bouquet has sun in its veins – ripe red berry, mulberry. It’s intense, has chocolate and oak, red meat, some cool notes. The palate presents big richness; it is Redondo, but there is much oak for now, which renders it on the back foot, access not easy. The content has style, with wavy gras within. The juice is compressed here, is sun baked to some extent. From 2020-21. 2031-33 Oct 2016 GB Fine & Rare Wines £240 12 b i/b www.frw.co.uk customerservice@frw.co.uk +44(0)207 089 7400

2014

(casks, bottling March 2016) shiny dark red. There is a southern leaning via black olives and ripe, mulled black berries, a genuine depth, on the nose. The palate holds a fluid black fruiting with chiselled tannins that end on the up, freshly. This is a savoury, enjoyable palate with fine salted touches. It is really good, individual wine, STGT. “The bottom of the slope – sediment-alluvial brings the strength of the wine,” Damien Brisset. From spring 2017. 2024-26 GB £85/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) dark red. Gives a roasted first aroma, the second involving the pulp of the grape, an inkiness in its black berry. The nose shows licorice and oak also. The palate starts on oaked, cool fruit, small berries in the picture, a blackcurrant-blackberry theme through it. The finish runs with life, and needs 18 months to settle the oak, which is overtly tarry now, and its tannin. From mid-2016. 2024-25  GB £93/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012 ()

sober, quite dark colour. Has an air of stewed fruits, a minor note of flowers and violet, and some raw tobacco, a dusty inset. The palate follows the nose’s lead – it presents stewed, more savoury red fruits in the style of the southern zone of St Jo. It bases itself on savoury, mulled red fruits. It will give more nuance and interest from mid-2015 – it is rather one-dimensional now, post bottling. A safe bet quality level, is a wine with fragrance. 2021-22  Nov 2013

2011

(casks) dark, sober robe. Beef stock, eau de vie style ripeness in the nose – it is thick but not heavy, is modern in nature. Black cherry is the main fruit. The oak transfers to the palate, which is brewed, capacious, has a grounded filling. The fruit is fluid. There are charcoal-tar late moments as it powers on to an oaked finish. At present this is cellar-led, not as regional as it could be. Destined for second stage drinking, not primary drinking. The aftertaste brings in black cherry. International, “effective” wine, suited to magret de canard/duck, for instance. Decant this. 2021-22  Nov 2012