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The Wines

1950s, 1980s Syrah from loess, decomposed granite soils of northern sector (the old 8 hectare Albert Bégot vineyard) at Gervans & Serves, some purchased crop, 80% from Serves, 20% from Gervans, destemmed, 2-3 week steel vat vinification at 20°C for one week, then rise to 30°-32°C, wild yeasts, pumping overs, aged 1-2-3-4-5-6 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2010, up from 3,000 b early 2010s to 10-12,000 b then to 15-20,000 b

2016 ()

steady, dark red robe, black tints. There are floral, rose notes in a neat blackberry aroma, some licorice. A good thread of iodine runs through the palate, with a gentle rockiness. This softens with stately poise towards the finish, nothing hurried. It is a fine-tuned, elegant Crozes, one with a tasty tune. It’s laid back wine that drinks well now. 13°. 2024-25 March 2018

2015

shiny, dark robe. Reduction shows on the nose, a cooked black fruits, blueberry jam aroma, licorice ands black truffles. It is sleek, “shiny”. The attack is tasty, comes with the violets of the granite, with fine acidity and a neat freshness. It travels with ease and continuity, is beau, the finish on juice and a little, mild tannin. Finesse and juice here. It drinks now, decanting advised. “It had a tight period,” Julien Combier. 13°. 2026-27 March 2018

2014 ()

(casks) full dark red robe. The nose gives a first air of oak and its tar-varnish, with a backdrop of cassis, small black berry fruit. It is overtly modern, polished. The palate bears sleek black cherry fruit with its oak an obstruction and seemingly close to overdone. The aftertaste is very oaky. It’s a race between the bright early fruit hanging in there and the oak absorbing. 13°. 12,000 b. From mid-2017. 2020-21  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

fair red robe with attractive lustre in it. The nose is smoky, promising, gives red berry airs that are delivered with a fine nuance of clarity -  this is a good, still reserved start. The palate has a dentelle/toothsome feel, and a floral second half with iron and cut in good tandem. Low-key oak is present, and doesn’t interrupt it. The exit is very good and clear. The finish combines soft gras richness and a salty note. The length is quiet, sound. From spring 2016. Decant this. 13°. 2023-24  March 2015

2012

(casks)  dark, shiny robe. The nose is broad, open and has potential: it holds blackberry, fine-cut fruit that is nice and clear, has enough depth for life and variety. There are wee floral touches. This is enjoyable, bingo! It is w.o.w. Crozes that bears tasty, yum yum black fruit – this is fluid lozenge fruit time. Its tannins are very mild. Close to ready. All parts tick over well. This is a good ensemble, and achieves what Crozes should do – offer drinkable wines. Its fruit is still moving on the aftertaste . .  really keeps going. 13°. €25 at cellars, 3,000 b. 2018-19  Nov 2013

2011

red robe, some purple in it. The nose is interesting, with a combination of buttery scent and nutty mineral. The palate has northern sector grip as it starts, a black raisin, prune flavour and ripeness. It ends on gummy, very 2011 tannins. Sound wine, but doesn’t really grab me. 13°. To 2018  Dec 2013