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100% Syrah mainly from schist soils on Gerine (late 1990s/early 2000s), includes bought in wine, all destemmed, 18-21 day vinification, cap punching, aged 2-10 year 550 and 228-litre oak casks 16 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2008, “for more immediate pleasure”, 2,500-5,000 b

2014

quite a full red robe. Bacon-smoke, dark berry fruit, raspberry show on the nose. The palate gives direct delivery of crisp fruit, the tannins a little coarse. The central flavour rests on red berries. This has engaging fruit, with good vim. Bottled Jan 2016. 2028-30 Apr 2016

2011

bright purple-red robe. Elderflower, cassis show in a really prominent nose that bounces out of the glass. Plenty of fruit is delivered right away on the palate, which takes on some grainy, gritty tannin. It adds “dark”, mocha-coffee notes. The finish is smoked, with tar and deep cassis blackcurrant. The wine isn’t especially profound, but has matter to keep it going and emerge through to 2022-23. Drink from 2014. It holds lots of primary fruit, but it would be a pity not to take advantage of its potential to vary and deepen with more ageing. 12.5°. 2022-24  May 2013

2008 ()

this mainly from Gerine, with the 2009 from different sources, and not made in 2010: mild red colour. Overt pepper and graphite lead air, fine red jam aroma. The palate holds quiet strawberry fruit, with a floral fusion in it. Has fine acidity, like a floral Côtes du Rhône from Jamet, but with a more delicate and lingering finish. Sound, if lacking real depth. In the past, this would have been sold to the merchant trade. 2017-18 Nov 2010