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The Wines

mainly from Blonde area, 94-95% Syrah, 5-6% Viognier, 80-90% destemmed, 3 week vinification, daily pumping overs, submerged cap, cap punching, wine from different plots assembled after vinification, aged 10-15% new, 85-90% 1-10 year old 228-litre, some 400-litre oak casks 18-24 months, fined, unfiltered, several bottlings, 10-12,000 b

2015 ()

1) (used 228-litre cask, sugars, malo both completed, the press wine) ***(*) bright red. Clear fruit shows in a close-knit nose with a calm depth about it. This is already right out and about; it attacks well, and tastes like a 10 month old wine, not a six week old one. It has grip, tarry moments, coulis and liqueur fruit leanings. 14 years. 2) (steel vat, a big part of the final wine) ***(*) dark robe. The aroma doesn’t hold back – it is broad and fuelled by running, wavy black fruit, has a grilled side. The palate has strength, insistent tannins, real foundation, has a licorice flavour. The aftertaste is lip smacking. Solid wine. 15 years. Oct 2015


(used 228-litre cask) red robe. Red cherry, floral, carnation flowers aroma. The attack bears bright fruit, has a dentelle, toothsome, side with tannins that bite, give tang. This has elegance. “We weren’t hit by the fruit flies, so could afford to wait  longer for ripeness as a result. Our yield was 36 hl/ha, much better than the 27 hl/ha in 2013. This is easy to drink, even for people not accustomed to Côte-Rôtie. It has gained length with its raising, but I fear will lie in the shadow of 2015,” Valérie Gallet. 2023-24  Oct 2015

2013 ()

dark red; spice and licorice airs show on the nose, with deep mulberry, raspberry fruit. There is some pine and funkiness, meatiness and pepper. This attacks on dark berries, has a traditional style, comes with pine resin notes, gives kick on its late stages. The finish is a bit dry. The dry last stages are a concern. It attacks brightly, then poses questions. I am not sure about this. 13°. €23. Bottled end Aug 2015. From mid-2017. 2025-26 Oct 2015

2012 ()

dark red robe. The nose is entertaining, open, has airs of licorice, mulberry fruit. There is good life in it, a vegetal note present. The palate holds rolling, crisp fruit, has soft moments, goes long, with aromatic touches. A genuine Côte-Rôtie, not a polished up version. It is savoury late on, gives herbes de Provence, rosemary towards the finish. 13°. €23. Bottled Nov 2014. 2023-24 Oct 2015


dark red robe. There is a gentle air of violets, pepper, coulis of raspberry, the fruit intense, on the nose, along with light pine influences. There is a bonny freedom on the palate, which runs with sinewed dark red fruits, and waves of tannin-tar that add darkness. This has gras, but its shape is still long rather than broad; the length is good. There is plenty to get into here. It has the fresh features of 2010. 13°. From spring 2017. 2028-29  Oct 2015


Cask 1 (3 year cask, 10th day of being in cask, malo done) *(*) clear red robe; red fruits, smoky, nougat air here, rather crisp bouquet. There palate starts a bit burnt, holds a gummy fruit, the finale is soild. Ends on a cherry note. Rather lean. Cask 2 (8 year cask, malo done) **(*) clear red fruits aroma, laced with a floral air. Fine-boned, upright palate, with a steady, slightly steely approach. Ends clearly and decisively. Sympa – not a demanding wine, will be softened by time. Fine length. Cask 3 (2 year cask) ** clear red cherry bouquet, quiet width. The debut is a touch stern, then it gains in tannin and also oak as it goes. Correct wine. OVERALL ** from 2013. 2022-23 Nov 2009

2008 ()

Cask 1 (6 year cask) *(*) pale but OK robe; peppery-floral, wide nose; like 2009, it is somewhat on the strict side. The palate is upright, direct, has a gummy finale, scented aftertaste. Easy style of wine. from 2012, to 2017. Cask 2 (new oak) fair red robe; oak is wrapped around its red fruit, and adds depth to the nose. The palate has a clam line of red fruit – the oak allows it some space, the length is OK. Not bad. OVERALL *(*) from 2012. 2017-18 Nov 2009

2007 ()

dark red; floral, Viognier, liqueur fruits aroma that comes with gamey notions – the bouquet is a wee bit burnt, offers prune and leather in the traditional way. The palate holds quite wide black cherry fruit that could be clearer and less earthy. It is an honest affair, though, but lacks that finale of clarity that 2007s certainly can have. Mineral, grounded aftertaste. I suspect untidy use of oak in the raising here. 12.5°. Bottled Sept 2009. “You could eat game – a hare civet or goat`s cheese with this,” Valérie Gallet. 2016-17 Nov 2009


quite a dark robe; has a foxy nose that demands it be decanted – this is a toiler`s wine, never an easy life was had. There is black fruit in the air, but it lacks real definition and tinkle. The palate is prune-tasting, and rather rustic – qualities that would have been liked 20 years ago. There is a solid base of cooked fruit, and cocoa in the late flavour. It veers towards a dry spot towards the finish. For nostalgia seekers and downhome lovers. It will chug along to 2016-17. 13°. Bottled April 2009. Nov 2009


(cask) light red fruit, some content. 2008.


(cask) fair warmth, floral aroma; redcurrant/cherry fruit, quite upright texture. A peek of roundness, fair tannins. To 2010.


floral, light red berry jam bouquet, deepens with air; supple wine, gently done, elegant fruit. Some spice at end. 2010-12


smoky/bacon aroma, peppery top; country wine, honest. Well-knit, hearty flavour, some tannin, bit short. 2006-07