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100% Syrah (2004) from Beauséjour at Pont de l’Isère, clay soils, destemmed, 2-week vinification in closed steel vats, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 65% steel vat, 35% 2-year 228-litre oak casks 11 months, fined, filtered, first called Au Beau Séjour in 2016, 5,000 b

2018 ()

bright, full red; the nose is a busy event, carries reduction, courses with blackberry fruits, licorice. The palate takes up the baton, has a fluid, black-fruited attack, with flexible tannins on board. It moves into a fruited, lip smack finish, is all about its early charge, and unbridled Syrah emphasis. Its juiciness will appeal, is good bistrot wine. Drink it young. 14°. 2025-26 Dec 2019

2016 ()

cherry red robe. The bouquet is soft, on red fruits such as raspberry, a little low-key from its bottling. There is a hint of scented flowers, roses. The palate gives bright red fruits with iron in the tannins, drinks well now, with that mineral sense serving it well for that purpose. The length is sound, the aftertaste clear. There is a good spot of intensity in the red fruit. 13°. To 2021 Nov 2017

2015 ()

dark red robe. There is mass in the bouquet, a pile of sweet black fruits, along with damp soil; it shows reduction, so needs air. The palate coasts along on well-textured content, a shapely richness, takes on some sweet perfume towards the finish. It has density, and good layering of tannins inside it – they are still working their way in. I would decant it if drinking now, but better to wait until mid-2018 for more expression and integration. It will become more interesting with further ageing: served in a large glass around mid-2019 should be a joyous moment. 13°. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2014 ()

red robe; reduced, rather meaty aroma with red berries behind. The palate strikes out directly, the red fruit peppery; it finishes with some gaps in the fabric. Workmanlike Crozes, low on flesh, hence a little vegetal and very peppery. 12.5°. To 2018  Oct 2015

2012 ()

rather full robe; gummy, black fruits air, an earthy venture here: there are chocolate, light black raisin notes. The palate is workmanlike, offers Regular Guy fruiting, picks up a little cool tannin, isn’t yet all together. It has some brewed notes – has a southern zone heartbeat. Liquid, liqueur black fruit shows on the aftertaste. This has hidden corners, its fruit quality is discreetly good. The palate is rather grilled. Has a steady, underplayed persistence. From mid-2014. 13°. €15 at cellars. To 2019  Nov 2013