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100% Syrah (Gobelet trained, 1970s) from 50% galet stone soils, 50% limestone soils from 0.4 hectare on Le Four à Chaux (N-W), from 2018 another 0.3 ha of Syrah (1990s) on stony soils on Palestor (N), destemmed, 18-22 day vinification in 50% 600-litre oak casks, 50% steel vat, pumping overs, aged 50% tronconic oak vat 12-13 months, 50% 600-litre oak casks 8 months, then vat 4-5 months, first wine 2015, wine before 2015 sold in bulk, organic wine, 1,600 b

2018 ()

(casks/tronconic vat, bottling May 2020) dark red, attractive robe; the bouquet is very dark, has a chiselled, firm nature, an air of soaked black cherries, a sense of power within. The palate is broad and rolling, with lissom texture, the black cherry fruit oily and suave. The tannins fit in well, the aftertaste rounded. It’s a concentrated, slightly pushed Châteauneuf which needs time, drink from 2023-24. 13.5°. €32. 2044-46 Oct 2019

2017 ()

(casks/tronconic vat) good glow in the dark red robe. The bouquet is big, no-nonsense, a little extracted, with grilling, roast pork airs, black raisin, cafezinho do Brasil dark notes. The palate holds a simple, succulent blackcurrant flavour with polished tannins well within. It doesn’t go a lot further than that, plays it safe in a modern, polished way, with drift on the second half. 13.5°. 100% Syrah. €30. From 2022. 2038-40 Oct 2018

2016 ()

dark red; has a bubbly nose, up and down airs of black berries, with smoky cut, meaty notes, a sense of knuckled, small black fruits. The palate has fresh black berry fruit, a cool theme; it’s a bit spartan for a Châteauneuf. It ends freshly, with cut. It will be OK from 2022. “We harvested this on the last Saturday of September, the 25th. The yield of 35 hl/ha was copious,” J-F Bistagne. 13.5°. 2037-39 Feb 2019 Previously Oct 2017 **(*) (casks/oak vat, bottling April 2018) full red colour. The bouquet has a brewed depth, the black cherry, ripe blueberry aroma surrounded by some oak varnish. The palate is discreet, played down, bears free rolling black fruits with some husky tannins around them. It’s a little dry and powdery on the finish. This isn’t a great example. Try after bottling. 13.5°. 100% Syrah. 1,600 b. €30. From late 2019. 2030-32 Oct 2017


(oak vat, bottling March 2017) handsome red with purple robe. The nose is tangy, full of life, headed by stylish black berry fruit with an overt grapiness, crushed nutshells; it’s reminiscent of the northern Rhône. The palate gives very lively, well streamlined, cool and tight black fruits with a strong Syrah influence (tasted blind – it’s 100% Syrah). This has style, and will be a good restaurant wine, up to modern cuisine notably, more than old school sauces. It’s an achievement to obtain this brightness from Syrah at Châteauneuf, after a hot stretch in the summer, as well. 13.5°. 1,600 b. 100% Syrah. From late 2018. 2029-31 Sept 2016