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100% Syrah (mid-1980s) from a rented 0.75 hectare on flat, granite soils at St Julien en Saint Alban, north-east of Privas in the Ardèche, 2-day pre-fermentation cooling at 10°C, destemmed, 8 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, aged 5-year 600-litre oak casks 18 months, fined, filtered, 2,000 b

2012 ()

dark red traces in the robe. Has an interesting nose, pockets of rocky and elegant raspberry fruit, is just nicely rugged. The palate is tight, strongly on the mineral – it presents a depth from within, with a little roll of gras richness. Neat, tight, butty wine, with floral wisps on the exit. No hurry to drink this. 13.5°. 2020-21  Apr 2015

2008

shiny dark red; floral aroma with a backdrop of pepper: a refined nose. The palate is spicy, springy, not very profound, but it drinks easily enough. Has late tannins, the 2008 vintage imprint there. Spiced fruit here. “A lot of Ardechois wild boar didn`t help my crop in 2008, either. In 2009-10 the wines show red fruits, raspberry so there is less spice, which is the feature of 2008,” Charles Helfenbein. To 2013. March 2011