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100% Syrah (2012) from loose granite soils on Combe, destemmed, 3 week vinification at up to 30°C-32°C, usually wild yeasts (not in 2018 because so rich), mainly 2-3 per day pumping overs, cap punching near end if necessary, raised 10% new, 90% 5-6 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2016 (2015 was Vin de France, young vines), 2,000 b

2017 ()

dark red-purple robe. Good, clear fruit features in a quiet bouquet, a sense of red meat; the fruit resembles cassis, blackcurrant, with a murmur of violets attached. The palate offers a pleasing charge of mineral-iron themed red fruit, continues surely, is well made, a good effort for young vines. I like the blood-iron in this. It nicely vibrant at the end. 13.5°. Bottled three weeks ago. €21. From mid-2020. 2032-33 Dec 2018

2016

dark red; there’s a grilled touch, cooked plum, red meat connotations, a hint of black olives on the nose, which is “up”. The palate is a touch husky, but holds ample juiced content, and catches the eye with its free delivery. There’s a note of violet. It ends on a note of baking. I find a hint of Brett, but that’s not too intrusive. The palate works best on the attack. 13.5°. From spring 2020. €21. 2030-32 Dec 2018