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100% Syrah (mid-1980s) from gravel, limestone with clay soils at 350 metres on the plateau of Montbrison, whole bunch fermentation, a small crush, a 6 month steel vat maceration, then raised used 228-litre oak casks 6 months, unfined, unfiltered, no SO2, made in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, “it’s to best express the terroir, and avoid the climate effect being too great on the Syrah; the stems change the form of the wine”, 2,000 b


(casks) dark red. The nose is discreet, cassis fruit central to it, with rosemary, licorice. It can coax out good variety over time. The palate offers refined fruit, clear delivery, is a rather northern take for a Syrah from the south. Pure fruit is delivered carefully. The finish is fine, nice and calm. This has good potential, is a superior southern Rhône Syrah. From mid-2021. 2032-34 Feb 2019


dark red. The nose is mighty, on beef stock, red fruits liqueur, cherries. The palate links well to the nose, delivers a sturdy start, real punch, drive, with a velvet outer, the texture silken. Dark tannins finish it; it reaches out well. This is very grapey wine, right inside those berries. €12.50 export. “it’s a little balsamic,” Michèle Aubery-Laurent. 2,000 b. 2024-25 Feb 2018