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Syrah from often sandy soils at Saint-Donat-sur l’Herbasse (Drôme), destemmed, 6-8 day vinification, pumping overs, vat raised 6-12 months


red robe; the bouquet gives crushed red berry fruits, raspberry with a sweet curl to it. The palate holds gentle berry fruits which develop as they go, the right way round rather than all at the start. It has a squeezy feel, which fits in with its Saint-Donat origins, is suited to country pies, spaghetti Bolognese. There’s a note of licorice and darker, black cherry, fruit on the finish. 13°5. 2022 Nov 2019

2017 ()

dark red colour; immediate airs of spice, pepper show on the nose, a little greenness, with cooked plum, raspberry as its foundation. The palate travels briskly enough with a little softness in its dark red-fruited content. It ends a bit suddenly. It could be kinder, less technical. 12.5°. To 2020 Dec 2018

2016 ()

red robe, some depth. There is an air of blackberry fruit with a “high” side to it, a note of raspberry liqueur alongside. The palate is a little on the stretch, as per this vintage for lesser zones; there’s a red fruited flavour, a cherry stone note, but I find it rather loose, a little bit tinny. 12°. To 2019. Nov 2017


dark red robe. Mulled blackberries come with reduction on the nose, so allow this to breathe. It’s rather a plumptious start. The palate is accordingly juicy, fat, gives a squeezy black fruiting that comes with a little musky, floral note, and some tar darkness from the tannins as it closes. Serve a little chilled. Good barbecue wine. 12°. To 2019 Oct 2016


(vat) dark red. The bouquet offers a good level of mulled blackberry fruit, a sweet note in it, is pretty wavy. The palate starts with juicy black berry fruit, and has mild tannins giving a little powdered grain towards the finish. The close is gently aromatic, floral. Good wine with a neat content, up for grills, barbecues. 2018-19  Oct 2015

2012 ()

red robe, OK. Peppery, licorice aroma with a wee oily note. The palate is a bit strict, dusty and peppery, with a few flashes of more unctuous matter to help it. It lacks ripeness of fruit and is tight on the finish, is rather thin. ½ a foot solo drinking, ½ a foot la table, 1 foot nowhere. 12°. To 2016  Nov 2013

2011 ()

mild red; melted plum, jam style air that has a light earthiness, a game influence. It is a shade reductive. The palate has the plump form of 2011; the fruit picks up on the second half, stretches out. Simple, sound drinking, with low acidity, it seems. No great depth, but pleasant. To spring 2015.  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(vat) red robe, a bit of black, a fair start. The nose is peppery, backed by a secure level of ripe, almost jam red berry fruit; it resembles mulberry, and has a beckoning nature. The palate is simple and drinkable; I am surprised it hasn’t been bottled. It shows some crisp tannins, and that is maybe why it is not yet in bottle.Berryfruit and licorice come through on the rather pliant aftertaste. Very correct, and sound for outdoor drinking, picnics etc. To 2015  Nov 2011

2008 ()

mottled, quite dark red; tarry, smoky air, wisps of black jam – the nose is on the go now, the right moment for it is now. Drifting black fruit on the palate – berry, prune flavour, also ready now. Does not have that strong a constitution. Drinks easily, is light more than filled. Quiet late fragrance, licorice. To early 2012. 12°. Nov 2010


some dark tints in the red. Blackberry, honey style nose, crackly raisin. The palate black fruit is now softening, and there is some oiliness in its texture. Steady length, ends roundly. Rather a “spotless” wine – at arm`s length, done by numbers. Drink now. 12.5°. To 2011. Nov 2009

2002 ()

sweet, red jam aroma. Round, simple, jammy wine. Drink soon. March 2005