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Syrah (1950-1960s, a little 1930s), 45% from Les Bâties at Larnage, 45% from Gervans, 10% from the Coteau de Mercurol, mostly destemmed, 3 week vinificstion, pumping overs, aged new & 1-year 228-litre Allier & Tronçais oak casks 12 months, then large 22.5 hl oak barrel 6-8 months, unfined, unfiltered, 6,600 b

2014

(large barrel, bottling in two weeks) shiny dark red robe. Grilling and reduction come through on the nose, with floral, rose airs, and pepper, a coulis of blackberry fruit, oak-toast. The palate holds a cool, lead pencil theme, blueberry fruits, with pockets of suave gras richness. The fruit builds intensity – there is a ball of that on the close, with chomping tannin there. This is pretty full, especially for a 2014. It has character. The length is good, fresh. 12.5°. 6,600 b. From 2018. 2026-27  July 2016

2011

quite dark; mulled berry fruit, licorice aromas with a primrose-violet scenting, has a deep couch to it, a note of sizzled bacon. The palate shows a note of Volatile Acidity; the red stone fruit, cooked berries are mulled in a style, have a little sweetness throughout. It has a fine grain finish, light powder dust there. Sound wine, even if done in a mature rather than fresh style. Suited to food over solo drinking. A shade ponderous – made for a specific market of sweet tooth drinkers. 2019-20  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks) striking dark red, purple robe; has a youthful nose – nutty and grainy, a still in preparation air with a powdery top above bright black fruit: this is a good Syrah showing, comes with smoke and tar and reduction as befits its cellar journey at half way. There is a direct delivery of fruit on the palate ; its loose-limbed style is striking and direct, and suggests that this can be drunk solo, is a frank wine if drunk in the next 12 months (tasted blind – it won`t be!) Shows a light pocket of gras in the later stages, which is encouraging for its development. Has a real springy style, fine length, good content. The aftertaste reflects oak. Will intensify and dig deeper after its ageing, so be ready for a heavier wine in time. 2021-23 Nov 2011

2004 ()

unusually bold, black colour. Tar-hickory smell, oak layer over it, fair amount on nose. Scaled-up wine here - cherry flavour, soaked cherries indeed - grillotes - is international. Long hang-time crop used, marked by that. Stone fruit, oak elements. Should be fresher, the end is curly, aftertaste of tea. Disjointed, so try in 2008. 2011 or so April 2006