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100% Syrah (2011-12) from 0.9 hectare on E facing granite soils to west of Les Royes on L’Aube at Châteaubourg, destemmed, 15-21 day vinification in closed steel vats, pumping overs, cap punchings, raised 6-7 year 228-litre 12 months, has been raised 85% steel vat, 15% 5-6 year 228-litre oak cask raised 9 months (2016), fined, filtered, 3-6,000 b

2018

(casks) full red robe, the bouquet issues an air of stewed red fruits, raspberry central, has a simple curve to it, a little nuttiness. The palate also taps into the warm vintage, bears red berry fruits with tannins from the mid-point, a note of vegetal in them. It’s not an ensemble, has various elements here and there. It flirts with extraction - that noticeable on the finish. It needs another two years, certainly. 2027-29 Dec 2019

2017 ()

dark red-purple robe. Has a clear blackberry aroma, licorice, a little salting, notes of black olives from the sun. This has a primary appeal – out comes a surge of black berry-Morello cherry, runs with clear, direct fruit, keen tannins in tow. It’s a good, breezy Syrah with grain-powder in the tarred tannins, a very late note of floral. It carries little spare flesh, is zappy. 13.5°. To 2024 Feb 2020

2016 ()

dark red robe, lighter top. The bouquet comes with some reserve, has a smoky, clear black fruited ensemble, the fruit not that prominent as yet. It carries a little mystery, and can emerge rather stylishly. The palate holds enjoyable black berry fruits, with squeezy tannins in step, the finish rounded and complete for this grade of wine. It carries well and clearly into the close. Ideal with steaks, grills, has clear detail. 13°. To 2021 Nov 2017