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97-100% Syrah, 0-3% Viognier, since 2010 46%-60 from Rozier (northern sector), 23-35% from Champon (northern sector), 23% from Côte Blonde (middle sector), 5-8% from Les Grandes Places (northern sector), 100% purchased wine from 5 suppliers, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 5-8% new, 92-95% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks & some 600-litre oak casks 15-18 months (wine of 3 suppliers raised with their casks, wine of 2 suppliers raised with N Perrin casks), fined, filtered, “a silken style is aimed for”, 5-7,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) dark, thorough robe; the bouquet has an oxtail presence, an inlay of black cherry fruit, is a cauldron of possibilities. The palate engages immediately, gives a surge of dark cherry fruit, blueberry also, with ample juicing that runs hither and thither late on. It’s vigorous, delivers energy, and strikes a good chord. The finish rests on still rocky tannins that need time to refine and settle within. From 2023. 2042-44 Nov 2019

2016

red robe. Has a gentle, quite nose, mulberry-red berry fruit, rose extract and light grilling. This is authentic, fine Côte-Rôtie, with pleasing texture and a round, spherical content, light, dainty tannins – with powder, they are really en finesse, and one of its great qualities. It lasts well, ticks over surely. Decant it. 13°. 6,080 b. Bottled one month ago. From mid-late 2019. 2031-32 Mar 2018

2015

(casks) deep robe; the nose gives an attractive air of blackberry fruit, with a gentle floral drift above it, and a notion of oak. It’s a bonny debut. The palate runs with most enjoyable, tasty black fruits, has a nourishing style, and runs truly to the finish, all in a good scoop of roundness. This is high on charm, with a fine pedigree, good balance, notions of Pinot noir in its veins. 13°. Has risen from 5,000 to 7,000 b. €38 (2014). From late 2018. 2030-32 Oct 2016

2013 ()

dark red robe. Has a lively lead aroma, as per the vintage – there is some darkness and mystery in it, and it is sprinkled with strawberry fruit, some rocky zap. The palate runs at a good pace, offers welcome cut and enjoyable fruit. Light grain tannins tuck into it. This is calm wine. It ends on gummy, small red fruits. It is taking shape, and will please. 13°. Bottled Nov 2014. €38 at the cellars. From 2017. 2022-23  Oct 2015

2012

red robe. The nose is gentle, has an air of plum fruit, red berry, a wee hint of flowers: it is a muted start. The palate bears red fruits that are cool in style, with a note of oak-tar after half way; it ends on a toffee note from the oak. This can slowly gain weight, so drink from spring 2017. 13°. 2025-26  Oct 2015

2007 ()

the robe is just obscuring, a bit of evolution. The nose is closed, difficult to get at – there is a simmer of graphite and floral airs. The palate is upright, with black fruit that has light floral influences. It lacks a real Côte-Rôtie class, doesn't seem like the Real Deal. The flavour is cherry, with oak in it. Nuances are missing from this, a normal, but not arresting wine. Bottled October 2009. 2015-17 Dec 2009