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The Wines

1990 Syrah, from 0.8 ha half terrace, half slope from Blondel at southern zone St-Jean-de-Muzols, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, aged new, 1-year 600-litre oak casks 12-13 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 1994, 4,000 b

2006

quite a dark robe; there is oak within the black fruit on the nose – which renders it upright. The palate holds fair early black fruit that is quite clear-cut – it has the grain of its St Jean location – that tension from the granite. It needs leaving until April 2009 – its freshness is correct for the terroir. It is rather austere now, although its richness is here in a moderate register now. Tarry aftertaste. Patience best. 2014-15 Jan 2008

2002

marzipan, tight black fruit nose. Texture has sinew, black cherry near finish. Length OK. Some tannic support. 2005 on. 2009-11

2001

cherry/peppered nose, earthy side; upright, more evident tannin than his Crozes, latent wine, sound. 2005 on. 2010-12