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Syrah from Les Peyrouses on plain at Cornas (20%, alluvial soils, purchased crop), 80% Saint-Désirat, plateau above Limony, sand-granite soils, plain at Clérieux, Saint-Donat, sandy-clay soils, 65-75% purchased wine, 25-35% purchased crop, from both sides of the River, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 75% steel vat, 25% (the Cornas part) 4-6 year 228-litre oak casks 6-7 months, first wine 2015 when Collines Rhodaniennes, in 2016 was IGP Ardèche, up from 3,350 to 10,000 b

2018 ()

(vat/casks) quite a dark red; there’s a note of reduction, an aroma of stewed red fruits cherries on the nose. The palate is lined with raspberry fruits, soaked in style, ends with a take-up of powdered mineral notes, keeps its shape. The fruit could travel a little longer, but it’s correct, carries a little spicing. The slightly vacant finish is the drawback, with its degree in play there. 13.5°. 2024-25 Dec 2019

2017 ()

Collines Rhodaniennes IGP: dark red; has a lively blackberry fruited aroma, has warm sun rays in its jam-coulis make-up. Floral notes hover, also reduction. The palate gives bustling black-fruited content, plump moments, with a squeezy depth, before more cut, licorice, grip on the finish. It drinks well solo, and will be very good with grills, has a pleasing liveliness on it, and a re-surface of a little violet on the aftertaste. 13°. To 2021 Feb 2019

2016

Ardèche IGP: clear red robe. Mix of toffee and raspberry and mulberry fruit on nose, some reduction, so allow air. The fruit is lucid both on the nose and the palate, which shows some iron filings, spice, has grip and tightness on the close. It finishes clearly enough to act as aperitif, or with saucisson. It is a businesslike wine. To 2020 Nov 2017

2015 ()

Collines Rhodaniennes IGP: shiny red robe. The nose has a blackberry, nicely round aroma with a little red berry softening it, a light reduction present. This drinks cosily, gives soft black berry fruits, mild tannins, the finish rounded. It carries well, has fleshy content, is articulate. There is good low-key gras here. Solid quality. 12.5°. Allow it to air. €8.50. 3,350 b 2020-21 Oct 2016