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The Wines

mainly 1900s Syrah on Combe, plus 1920s Syrah on Eygas, 1940s Syrah on Le Grillage (Louis Sozet vines), 50-60% destemmed, 15-18 day fermentation, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 3-4 year 228-litre oak casks 14 months, unfined, filtered, used to be called Cuvée Prestige, 2,500-3,000 b

2017

very shiny dark red robe, plenty of appeal. The bouquet has an inviting air of  dark berry fruit, a neat sweetness underpinning it. It’s still on the starting blocks. The palate is elegant, presents sweet tooth appeal, a soft roll of raspberry, dark red berry fruit, drinks easily now, is from the flashy, exuberant school more than the structured one. The tannins are bendy, increase its depth just a little. It can deliver a little more variety over time, is a gourmand, polished Cornas. It has been bottled already. 13.5°. From mid-2019. 2033-35 Dec 2018

2014

dark robe. Simmered black fruits, coulis roundness show in the elegant bouquet, with a light rose-hip, floral air and a bonny little raspberry nugget. This is elegantly rich, is a fine Cornas with silken touches and a clear, salt moment on a good finish. Precise detail, Burgundy here. There is a prune and little date presence as it closes with stealthy depth. Refined, good Cornas. 13.5°. €32. 3,000 b. Bottled 15 Nov 2015. 2025-27  Dec 2015

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2007

dark robe; curvaceous, black fruits aroma – there are sweet notions in the black berry fruit, some pine and menthol, a crème de berry. The palate has a supple, broad start – delivers a cassis fruit flavour that is smoothly textured, its juices flow freely until a little late outcrop of tannin, smoky oak, charcoal. Good and full wine that is brewing up well, has bags of character and presence in the glass. A good, live wine that really keeps going well on the palate, is long. Modern style, with constructive oaking a bonus. From mid-2010. 2019-21 Dec 2008

2006

black plum, dark robe; violet and blackberry, mainly raspberry mulled fruit aroma – there is also a settled crème de blackberry air to this. The palate carries simmered fruits that have a ripe, near jam nature. A lot of tannin and oak circulate, notably from mid-palate on. Drink from 2010, but the fruit is very ripe, so the moment of true harmony may be brief. 2016-18 Jan 2008 Previously Dec 2007 *** black, with mauve tints in the robe; traces of tea and similar outside influences in the black fruit aroma: has a soft, rather plush imprint like all his wines, with liqueur hints. There is plenty of oily fruit with enrobed tannins around it. Again, this is modern Cornas, made to please quite early. Will be more interesting and more defined above all in its middle age, around 2011-12. Is a safe route Cornas. For more complete tannin integration, drink from mid-2009. 2019-21 Dec 2007 €27 local retail from the cellar

2005

full, dark robe; there is a live heart to the tight black fruits on the bouquet – it is wide but also fresh. The palate sets off running, displaying black stone fruits before the tannins accumulate and the wine tightens up. The fruit courses through it all, and the length is good. Leave until 2010 to allow the oak to take fully. There is good muscle in this, and violet on the aftertaste. “The oak has been accentuated by its recent bottling 3 days ago,” S.Robert. 2020-23 Dec 2006 €25 local retail from the cellar

2004 ()

dark robe; nicely soft, violets, mulled raspberries aroma, the fruit has been allowed to mature correctly on the vine. Harmonious, wholesome black berry flavour, kicks along well with acidity in support. Clean finish, with a juicy interior. Tannins are driving within and mean the wine needs leaving until 2008-09. Lovely on its first flush of fruit, expect it to tighten. 2017-19 April 2006

2003

(casks) dark robe; chunky, meaty, ripe grape skin bouquet. Good, homogeneous black fruit attack, the ripeness of the year, raisin juice. Imposed oak tannins on finish, hope they won´t dry. 2007-08 on. 2019-21

2000

very dark; stewed, soaked jam nose. Supple start, berried jam with kick. Juicy, overt, some end tannin. Early style. 2004-05 on. 2010-12

1999

(named Vieilles Vignes) reduced nose, black fruit/tar; dense, berried/tar palate, red fruits, but stretched, taut. 2008-09