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100% Syrah from 71 plots across Saint-Désirat, Andance, Champagne, Saint-Etienne-de-Valoux, stony, schist, gneiss soils, destemmed, crushed, 14-18 day part concrete/steel vat, part tronconic oak vat vinification, pumping overs, 1 part vat emptying/refilling, raised 75-80% steel vat, 20-25% 2-4 year 400-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, some sold in bulk eg to Guigal, potential for 60,000 b, currently 40,000 b

2019 ()

1) (steel vat, most of the blend) ***(*) full, dark robe; the nose is ripe, aromatic, has a lot of abundance of black fruit, black cherry. The palate is very noticeable, forward, gourmand, ripe tannins on board, stuffing, the fleshy exuberance of 2019. It’s amply fruited, weighty on the inside. The finish is sustained, Southern. “It’s a fruit bomb”, François Grenier – I agree. 14.5°. 2029-31 2) (4-year 400-litre cask, 1969 Syrah from Bus at St-Désirat) **** dark red; the nose has an aroma of mixed berries, licorice, discreet spark. The palate has spine, lengthens very surely, holds trim gas, has a superior feel, is nicely refined with pockets of red berry precision. It will certainly help the steel vat wine. Its oak notes are not in excess. 15 years Feb 2020

2018 ()

dark red, black tints. The nose shows 2018 sun, is thick, together, gas a calm sweetness, sweet herbs, a little finesse. The palate involves licorice, black berry jam, cherry notes, has depth. It drinks generously, a wine from a lesser terroir. It ends on a little grip, cool black fruit, salt. It’s natural, full, not forced. It holds powder, furry tannins, is genuine, a touch rustic: fruit clarity and tannin quality are not its high points, but it has length, and gives honest, nice drinking. 14.5°. 2023-24 Dec 2019