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domaine Syrah of 1983, 1991 from sandy gravel soils on a small slope at Mercurol before Les Chassis plain, 4 week vinification, destemmed. pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, malo in oak, aged 15% new, 85% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 6-12 months, then 15% new, 85% 600-litre oak casks 6 months, then concrete vat 3-8 months, unfined, filtered, biodynamic wine, has been 3-8,000 b, some wine now in Calendes wine, so from mid-2010s 3,200-4,000 b

2018

(casks, bottling June 2020) dark red colour; solid bouquet, with a meaty depth, close packing of red fruits, can prosper, have style. The palate bears intense mulberry, dark red berry fruit, with a firm structure, oak and tannin very much on the go. It’s modern Crozes, all the better if drunk from its second stage of evolution, the oak in back, the content more flexible. From 2023, thus, in an ideal world. 2035-37 Dec 2019  GB £97/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017

(casks) dark, deep robe; the bouquet is suave, relaxed, assured, plenty of black fruit, a note of mulberry, with an elegant, harmonious side. The palate is plush, well upholstered, has a thorough depth, bears supple richness that is expressed with juice and breadth, and a little late tension in its refined tannins, a powder-grainy note from them. There is an oak thread that serves to give spine for now. This has balance, holds its line well all through, comes with aromatic, floral leanings, and drinks with calm appeal. Allow until 2022 with less oaking on the agenda by then. 2030-32 Jan 2019 GB £95/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com/rhoneep +44(0)1438 741177

2016 ()

(casks, bottling March 2018) dark red. Nicely thorough red berry fruited nose, a soft mulberry backing of raspberry. The palate involves an oak outer with cosy richness, good, effortless style. It lengthens with a sure hand, offers tasty and perfumed moments in with a little density of tannin. The aftertaste is tarry, has content, moves with some surge. We are in mini-Hermitage territory here, the eastern end of the hill from an elegant vintage – which means it’s good and stylish. From mid-2019. 2027-29 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(vat) full, dark robe. There is sunny depth of ripeness in the black berry fruits aroma on the nose, which prolongs, has some grace and can float in time. It is a typical child of granite, with floral, blue flowers notes. The palate is close-knit, holds packed in content with dark fruits, but also life along the second half tannins, which granite and fire, zip. This is solid, has a lot of content, with at heart gras of some style. The juice goes long, holds very well, has freedom. It needs leaving 3+ years. From mid-2020. 2031-34 Oct 2016

2014

(vat, bottling Dec 2015) dark red, legs visible. The bouquet is nicely rich led by an air of raspberry with a liqueur feel, plenty of genuine depth, has sunlight in its veins. The palate holds fleshy content; the tannins ease into the picture with an agreeable texture. This is stylish; it has quiet authority, class. “I find it very elegant and aristocratic,” Damien Brisset. From spring 2017 2024-26 £68/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) very dark; the nose is destined for appreciation at a second stage of maturity, since it is strongly oaked and full right now, with a glimmer of black berry fruit within. This is serious Crozes, not the bar drinking school at all. The palate has viscous black fruit, Morello cherry, nice and dark. Oak shows on the late stages, will absorb. High quality here. We are close to Hermitage in style. Has a long, sustained, fresh close. From mid-late 2016. 2024-25 Presents obvious value at GB £75/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012

(casks) full robe; a full bouquet also, with pkenty of oak-caramel in it, dark liquid honey, black raisin. The palate is distant from the grape – very much in thrall to a ripe, neatly exaggerated cropping, so date and fat feature from that styling, with toffee from its oak. Not obviously Crozes-Hermitage, nor relaxed right now. Made for sweet tooth, Big Scale wine drinkers. A clumsy take on Crozes. From mid-2016. 13°. 3,000 b. 2022-23  Nov 2013

2010 ()

matt, mottled dark red; has a sweet, plump, spice noted air, with charcoal, acetate hints. The palate drinks now this is not a long horizon wine, is a bit obvious, but OK. Has a black fruit pastille aftertaste, but the there is a rather empty finale. Ordinary. There are oak traces at the end. Now to 2016. May 2012

2007 ()

bright black plum robe; has a measured, notably violet aroma with wisps of sweet black jam – there is a certain grace in this bouquet. The palate black fruits have a fleshy interior, and are rounded until a firmly set arrival of oak-aided tannins. The finish needs two years to sort itself out and meld together. The length is good - indeed it finishes freshly for now. From 2010. 2016-18 Dec 2008

2006 ()

full, dark plum colour. Has a prominent, quite deep black fruit aroma that is founded on ripe crop so it can show sweet appeal. The palate starts on rounded, sweet black fruits, then oak kicks in; the tannins are ripe. With its sweetness, the bouquet will appeal to a diverse set of drinkers, including those who do not know the Rhône. It ends on a sweet note, too. From mid-2009. 2017-18 Jan 2008. 5,200 b this year. Previously Dec 2007 *** (casks) full robe, black core to it; the raspberry, tender aroma is just a little flat – shows caramel also. The palate starts with soft red fruits, has a moment of pause after half way, before a more flashy black fruit-oak finale. Is smooth until a little late sharpness. From mid-2008, to allow the oak to absorb more. 2012-13 Dec 2007

2005

dark red that is full and pretty – promises well for the wine. The bouquet gives out bright fruit – black fruits with spring in them – it is a well-founded, thorough bouquet, with a nice peek of game within. The palate bears a good combination of blackberry fruit with a tannic spine running all through it – good. This has ripe, not overdone matter – good. It rocks on well, with handsome core fruit, and has the merit of being rounded at the finish. Good balance, beau vin. 2016-18 Jan 2008

2004

licorice, spice, black fruits bouquet - oak here and that makes it a little dusty. Clear, cleanly drawn fruit at start, with some stuffing around it, is rich within. Clean finish. More variety of flavour if left till mid-2007. Coffee, brewed tone on aftertaste, plus oak. 2011-12 April 2006

2003

(cask) ample, smoky bouquet, more to come. Quite extreme maturity, touch oxidative. Fully charged, earthy wine, meaty style, tannins a-plenty. Lots here. 2008 on. 2017-19

2002 No Rating

No Rating - lacks balance on this sample - has a reduced, red fruit/muddy nose; quite bitter fruit, not easy, wild, volatile aspects here.

2001 ()

piny, resin-tinged, smoky black fruit aroma; tarry, hedgerow fruit wine. Closed in at three years, acidity needs time to settle. Was more harmonious, keep an eye on it. 2005-06 on. 2010-12 Previously (cask) *** peppery, live black fruit; red fruits start, quiet width, tender. Traditional ripe fruit style. Chewy end. 2005 on. 2010-12