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100% Syrah, 10% (down from 30% up to 2016) own crop at Beaumont-Monteux, from late 2010s 50% purchased crop, 40% purchased wine from 6 sources, mainly southern zone, used to be 7% northern zone, destemmed, 2 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punched, malo in oak, raised 80-100% concrete vat, 0-20% 2-5 year 228 & 600-litre oak casks 12-14 months, 20% casks used until 2016, unfined, filtered, “a wine to be the entry gate for drinkers to the Syrah of the northern Rhône”, up from 60,000 b to 85,000 b

2018

(vat, bottling March 2020) dark red colour; the nose is pretty open, centres of fine red fruits, raspberry, with a delicate note of sweetness. The palate gives a direct line of red fruits, with crisp tannins, the feel one of freshness. It has a modern, rather clipped, efficient style, shows oak on the finish. From mid-2020, or 2021. 2029-30 Dec 2019

2017

(vat) dark red colour; the nose is soft, on red fruits, raspberry with a dusty, low-key floral presence, a lurking smokiness. The palate is easy to drink, bears attractive red fruits that free wheel along, with side notes of pepper and flowers. It doesn’t have much structure along the palate, is light and easy, so is a wine for the here and now. It will be grand with steaks, grills, or solo. There’s a brief flourish of licorice on the aftertaste. 2024-25 Jan 2019

2016

(vat, bottling March 2018) dark red. The nose is discreet, low-key, shows red fruits, raspberry with a small tone of sweetness. The palate drinks easily, no bumps, all smooth and undemanding. It’s a touch simple, but will be appreciated as a light, quaffing wine. The finish is rounded, just a little tannic crunch there. 85,000 b, an increase from 60,000 b. 2020-21 Nov 2017

2015

(vat/casks, bottling Dec 2016) full, dark red robe. The nose is promising, has life and an aroma of nicely crunchy black fruit, oak toast, blueberry. The palate deals handsome dark fruit with keen tannins adding good vigour – they go long. There is concentration of black berry fruit at its heart. It is long, sustained, complete, comes with lots of energy. From spring 2018. 2027-29 Oct 2016

2014

dark robe. The nose has a lurking reduction, centres on a secure depth of cooked plum fruit, notes of blackberry, sizzled bacon, a touch of pepper alongside. The palate bears a mature style of prune, black fruit with mild tannins. The finish is rounded, pretty complete. Sound Crozes for la table, is ready now. 13°. Bottled already. To 2019  Oct 2015  

2012

(vat) full robe; attractive first nose that shows northern zone mineral and floral, pot pourri, airs, with licorice. It is a bouquet that beckons. The palate is medium weight, has savoury touches, chicken stock, in its black berry fruit. The fruit wanders towards the finish, but the content keeps going. A wine for la table more than being a racy numero. There is a powdery element in its tannins. Has a fine late touch, sound length, but for now is a bit closed after half way. From spring 2015. Vat only raising. 60,000 b. 2021-22  Nov 2013

2011

dark robe. Broad, brewed air – meat stock, cocoa, black stone fruit, prune within – a beefy start. The palate has a thickly textured content, a sweep of black berry fruit, and just a minor show of well-entrenched tannin on the finish – there is an extra spur to the wine there. Has plenty of heart, depth, persistence – a wine that covers the ground well. Table wine – beef suited. From late 2013. 2019-21  Nov 2012

2010 ()

talk about Lazarus rising from the dead: ½ bottle for my dinner at Hotel Pavillon, Tain after 2 visits to Cornas, two visits to Saint-Joseph and Condrieu. Has a really dark, filled robe, shiny handsome, comes with legs. The nose packs a punch, offers lovely blackberry fruit with a classy depth, really lingers. This is like a Hermitage from the east end of the hill. It comes with black olives, southern connotations. The palate is ace – it gives rolling blackberry, soaked fruits with an all important line of freshness keeping things on the move, and all very enjoyable. Viva 2010! This is optimal Crozes, really serious, full wine, tannins and maximum gras in unison. The finish issues mocha, a little minerality, cut and spearmint. This is a wonderful mixed bag of prompts, stimuli, Rock on Tommy. All this in a half bottle, with my mignon de porc, my companion for a solo dinner. Its greatest quality is a supreme drinkability or buvabilité. 13°. 2027-29  Oct 2015  Previously May 2012 * reductive, spritzy, flat aroma, subdued black fruit; unconvincing, slightly tinny note on palate, the fruit is on the stretch. The acidity is outside the wine on the finish. Rather hollow. 2016 May 2012

2009

3 bottles tasted. Bottles 1 & 2: off notes on the palate, brine, acetate, lactic. Bottle 3: full robe; sweet fruit lead on bouquet – plush, scented, mulled raspberry. The palate picks up the theme, has a Pez sweets fragrance, a plum-strawberry fruiting, low-key tannins around it. A late bout of oaking along with mineral, dry notes. Obvious, not mysterious wine. From late 2011. 13°. 2016-17 Nov 2010

2008

mid-level red; quiet red berry aroma, mild air of redcurrant jelly. Tastes of red jam, comes with sparkles of nutty seasoning, and a dry late tendency from its oak – so final flavour resembles caramel. Is fine in texture, a very brief impact wine. 2012-13 Dec 2009

2007

red with black tints in the robe; has a mulled, light air of liqueur red fruit that comes out of the glass on the curve. The palate is soft n'easy – there are red fruits that show more early on than late, where they take on a grilled aspect – exit fruit, enter extraction and vacant zones. The palate doesn't deliver as the nose promises. Like many 2007s from Crozes, the finish lets it down. 2012-13 Dec 2008

2006 ()

fair depth of red; the red fruit aroma seems to mix the northern and the southern zones – it is fresh-aired and nicely directed, but there is the fine tone of the vintage here as well. The palate shows bright black berry fruit, and flows soundly. A wine for early drinking, one with a clear end, if a little dry there – like several of the Ferraton reds. Drink until 2010 to capture its fruit on the bounce, but it can live until 2012. Jan 2008 Previously Dec 2007 ** (casks) black core to the robe; red fruits, raspberry circulate on the bouquet – are ripe, and a little nutty. The palate fruit comes with a little high tone, has a nail polish edge to it; drops short towards the finish at first, but becomes more joined up 90 minutes later. The oak is a problem – is too aggressive, and there is some uneasy acidity. Still, it is a cask sample, albeit not a very good one. Dec 2007

2005

quite a dark robe; has a pretty ample nose, with reduction and game airs in it – it bears well-established black fruit. There is decent gras at the front end of the palate – the black fruit veers towards cassis, plus licorice, and the finale is clear. A pretty full wine, with greater depth than the 2006. There is more on the early than the late palate. 32% oak this year, more than usual, given the firmness of the vintage. 2014-15 Jan 2008

2004 No Rating

No rating matt tone to red robe. Light red fruit aroma. Ordinary palate, lacks depth, the red fruit isn't bright, this is narrow in tone and scope. Dry finale, runs out of road. April 2006

2003

red fruit on a drifting bouquet. Calm, red fruited, accessible start, then dries a bit. Brewed style of wine, needs early drinking. March 2005

2001

tar and fruit aroma, showing well, nice and deep. At a comfortable maturity now, just into second phase. Fruits runs on well, length is sound. Good with lamb. 2010-11 Feb 2005 Previously *** fungal/damp topping to red fruit aroma; expressive red fruit, wide, cool texture. Fresh, has grip; pretty end fruit. 2005 on. 2012-13

2000 ()

cooked black fruit, pebbly/gamey side. Upright style, direct fruit, restrained for the plain. Heavier, less fresh with air. 2006-08