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100% Syrah from granite soils at Vion, oldest 1976, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, twice daily pumping overs, daily cap punching, malo done in oak, aged 0-20% new, 30-70% 1-year, 10-50% 2-year 228-litre oak casks 12-15 months, first year 2013, called Pierres d’Isserand from 2015, 5,000-13,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) full, dark robe. The nose shows accentuated ripeness, musky, stewed black fruits, dampness, long hang time on the vine. It’s a weighty opening. The palate starts with a similarly rich, soaked fruits approach, has a little floral edging, with fine grain in the tannins. It’s the sum of several diverse parts for now, needs time to come together. It’s rich and fulsome, not for free drinking. 13.5°. 5,000 b. €22. From mid-2022. 2035-37 Nov 2019

2016

(casks) dark red robe with a lighter top. The nose has a grilled, stemmy aspect, charcoal inside its low-key black fruit. The sense of a still raw wine comes through again on the palate, which darts around, doesn’t have a fixed HQ for now. There is a little mineral cut in its red fruits, and a note of spearmint on the aftertaste. It is on the lean side as it stands, can expand, though. From spring 2019. To 2023 Nov 2017

2015

(cask) dark red, all the way up. The nose is a big mix of black berry fruits that have a soaked nature, the ripeness of the year forward, liqueur on the agenda. The coated effect continues on the palate, which is weighty, packed with black cherry fruits. The presence of a little iodine, salt towards the finish is helpful, and needed – otherwise this risks being “too much” in its coated concentration. I would sip this if drinking it. From spring 2018. 2024-26 Oct 2016 Previously Apr 2016 **** (cask) the robe has an inky darkness. The bouquet is gracefully presented – violets, soaked black cherries come with a calm intensity. The palate runs here and there with bountiful content, the richness well founded with fine powder tannins around it. This has very good potential. There are pockets of perfume – violet, Pez sweets – on the palate, and a savoury breadth. Allez Vion! From 2019. 2025-26 Apr 2016

2014 ()

dark robe. Has a salted blackberry air, red cherry also, and extra interest from lavender, and smoked bacon. The palate starts in supple manner, has a simple nature, a transparent honesty, no make-up. The fruit is tender, and it drinks well now. This is very frank wine with marks for character and truth. “It is coming out now after its bottling just before Christmas,” J-F Jacouton. 12.5°. To 2020 Apr 2016 Previously Oct 2015 *** (casks) dark robe. The nose gives an air of baked fruit, black berries, has a tight aspect. The palate bears pretty juicy black fruit with a smattering of licorice and some pepperiness late on. The content is sound, has enough depth to accompany red meats, for instance. The aftertaste is cool. It is close to ready – drink from spring 2016. 2020-21  Oct 2015

2013

full robe. The nose wanders on a blackberry-oaked trail, prune, a hint of forest floor, chocolate. The attack is pretty intense, the oak never far away, with richness but plentiful oak hustling the finish. Its tannins hit firmly. There is a sense of extraction. It is closing down now. I find it rather hard work. From mid-2017. 13°. To 2021  Apr 2016