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100% Syrah, av age 35-40 years, purchased crop, from across the appellation, inc La Brocarde, Côte Rozier, Champon, Le Plomb, Corps de Loup, destemmed, 4 week day vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 10-15% new 228-litre oak casks, 85-90% 2-3 year 228 oak casks 12 months, (until mid-2010s then concrete vat 6 months after the oak), unfined, filtered, called L'Eglantine from late 2000s onwards, just Côte-Rôtie before that, down from 2-3,000 b to 1,800 b

2018 ()

(casks) regular red robe; the nose gives a supple aroma on red berry fruits, discreet perfume behind. The palate is a steady do, has a run of comfortable, polished red fruits, cherry with a soaked angle from the warm vintage. The finish is layered, supple, accessible. It’s middle of the road Rôtie, correct. From early 2022. It’s best to drink it quite young with the fruit live, intact. 2035-37 Dec 2019

2017

(casks) regular red robe. The nose has a rounded stewed red berries aroma, reflective of the warmth of the summer in that fruit style. There are cooked plums’ notes as well. The palate holds red fruited content with a little density, graininess in the tannins, is a bit on the stretch on the second half, the finish rather spare for now. There is a subdued floral presence. This has the feel of a merchant rather than hand made, home grown wine, is rather plain. From 2021. 2036-38 Feb 2019

2015 ()

shiny dark red. Has a swell, modernista nose, mild black berry fruits, oak-vanilla, black cherries, some smoked bacon and gentle floral airs in the background. The palate is easy, clean and pristine, holds black fruit juice with some bright, fresh tannins. Late oak is the theme there. There are floral, violet touches before a light graininess on the close. It’s rather low in personality, but is sound; it’s dumb right now, backing off its first youth. From late 2019. 2031-33 Jan 2018

2013 ()

plum red robe. Has an attractive floral-red berry aroma with a nice pinch of darkness. The palate gives a suave coating of red berry, raspberry, and is deeper than the 2012. It grips on the finish, holds genuine content. Its tannins need to move inside further. The length is sound, fresh. It will charm, will deliver well. Serve in a large glass. 13°. “It was a cool late, very northern year: you could wait for the grapes to ripen fully. The low yield helped,” Damien Brisset. 2025-27  Oct 2015

2012

quite a dark red colour. There is reduction in a red berry jam aroma. The palate is rounded, supple, easy to drink. This lacks some depth to really be noticed, is a facile wine with mild tannins, as some of the 2012s are turning out to be. It is pretty ready now. 13°. 2021-22 Oct 2015

2011

(casks) dark red. The nose is nicely rich, shows sweet-toned fruit with a floral note hovering, along with vanilla. This will be a plump, willing bouquet in time. The palate has a food, free roll of red berry fruit, soaked red cherries, and its finish shows an ease of tannin, a toffee nature that fits in well. Stylish wine in the making. The red fruit is tasty, gourmand, resembles pastille sweets – it persists well, has fleshy appeal and holds lots of juice. From late 2014. 2022-24  Nov 2012

2009

(casks) matt plum red; rather neutral nose, some varnish in the air, along with red berry/raspberry, a little menthe – it has a Côte-Rôtie nature, but lacks lift. The palate fruit is a shade tired, from the Old School in style; flavour of red stone fruit, raspberry jam. Length is OK. Lacks “spark”, is workmanlike. Scented moments on the aftertaste. From late 2011. 2018-19 Nov 2010

2008 ()

pale, spritzy. Green oak influenced nose, light red fruit only. Thin wine, lacks depth. Time will seal a few gaps, but not all. From spring 2011. Might get to *. To 2015 Dec 2009

2007 ()

plum colour of fair depth; 1st bottle (cask sample) is stale. 2nd bottle has raspberry in the aroma that is a little flat, although the air benefits it. Mild red fruit on the palate, is fleshy, and also there is toffee in the flavour. The texture is dry at the end. Not a good pair of samples. Dec 2008

2001

title of plain Côte-Rôtie on the label: fair red; grilled, quite ripe, dried fruits aroma, some elder berry. There are vanilla aspects on the attack; it carries plum, red berry fruit, cooked fruits. It is perfectly drinkable. Very middle ranking in quality, no special nuances. There is a glint of Viognier in it. To 2010  Jan 2004