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The Wines

Syrah (1998-2000) 5% from Serves (northern zone), 95% from Pont de l'Isère (southern zone), destemmed, 60% purchased crop, 40% own vineyards, 2-3 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged ovoid & concrete vats 5 or 9 months, 2 bottlings, unfined, filtered, the young vines wine, called L between 1999 & 2003, 100-120,000 b (up from 45,000 b since late 2000s), mostly sold in France

2016

dark red colour. There is a meaty groundswell to the bouquet, with crushed black berry fruits, a note of raspberry and licorice, in the heart of it. The palate has a smoky, black fruited flavour, with a minted tang, before the slightly stark finish. It’s a cool vintage style of wine, a bit taut. 12.5°. From spring 2018. To 2022 Nov 2017

2015 ()

dark red robe. The nose has a confected side led by blackberry fruit, black olives, with a southern rather than a northern take. It is still closed post bottling. The palate holds nicely rich content, has a generous approach and just needs time to expand and flourish. There is a peppery insert into its fluid red berry fruit. It has a lip smacking set of tannins that wrap around it well. From spring 2017, and decanting useful. Very good, noted for its freshness and nuances. 2023-24 Oct 2016

2014 ()

shiny dark red, black centre to the robe. The nose has a graceful quality, a light dusting of grain and violets above a smooth aroma of blackberry, a hint of sizzled bacon. The palate skips along with a scented black fruit on offer, and cosy tannins well plugged in. There is matter on the finish, no dipping there. This is on the instant Crozes for early drinking. 12.5°. 100,000 b. To 2019  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

medium red robe. The nose is lively, peppery, gives a slight floral, rose nuance. It floats easily, is a calm opening. The palate is peppery and direct on the attack; it skips along with redcurrant fruit that is typical of the deep south of the appellation. A wine for drinking solo – it doesn’t have the depth for meats, for example. 12.5°. To 2017  March 2015

2012 ()

shiny, dark red. Violet-bluebell flowers aroma above an elegant black fruiting – a bouquet that gives an invitation. The palate sequels soundly from the nose – there is a floral theme, with supple, gentle black berry fruit, a fine tonality to it. An early drinking Crozes that drinks without effort. The length is sound, has uncomplicated appeal. Drink with spaghetti etc. €13. 12.5°. 2017-18  Nov 2013

2011

dark robe, matt hue. Has a peony flower, overtly floral top air, blackberry jam, more fat airs below. There is a note of reduction, an earthiness, grilled pork.  The palate is also laced throughout with this floral-boudoir seasoning. Has a flavour of damson plum, stewed plums with cloves and incense late on, and licorice and grilled notes on the aftertaste – the finish is more granular than the attack. It needs to organise its finish. From spring 2013. 12.5°. 2019  Nov 2012

2010 ()

rather dark robe; reduction arrives after 2 hours, but it starts on violet, curvy, scented notes, comes with mulberry style fruit. The palate also starts on floral, Pez sweets-like features; a wine of fine acidity and free fruit. The aftertaste revives on scenting that is all in harmony. Gracious style of wine, with a clear sign-off, mainly red berries in the flavour. Close to ready. Solid quality, without the extra yards. 12.5°. 2016-17 Nov 2011

2007

quite a full red; bright, scented red fruit with a jam air to it, and a floral-peony influence – it isn't profound, but is agreeable. The palate fruit is crisp, with an intense core, comes across a little “on the wire”. Red fruits and vanilla combine on the aftertaste. It drinks OK now, is just a bit grainy late on. 12.5° . To 2012. Bottled 8 August, 2008. Dec 2008

2006 ()

a little black in a plum colour; has a supple, quite sweet and openly scented nose – low-key jam aroma, a sweet raspberry. The palate starts out well with red fruits, then gains grip – it is more direct than the nose would suggest. There is a good raspberry flavour hit on this. Tannins at the end tighten it. A nice wine. To 2010. Jan 2008

2003

(cask) savoury, violet, soaked bouquet, some oak here; agreeable start - elegant, sustained black fruit flavour. Some ripe tannins bring restraint and peppery flashes on finish. Tapers a little at end. Fruit is pretty. Esp 2006 on. 2015

2002 No Rating

No Rating - light colour. Simple, light aroma. Edgy fruit, wine lacks body. Sharp edge to it, no real future. In line with the vintage at much of Crozes. Feb 2005

2001

pretty dark red; black stone fruit nose; some prickly fruit, reserved at end, light white pepper. Nice clear fruit. 2007-08