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80-90% southern zone at Pont de l’Isère, 10-20% northern zone 1950s/1970s Syrah at Érôme (Les Mottes, Les Verts), 5,000 vines per hectare planting density, hand harvested, destemmed but not crushed, pre-fermentation crop cooling, 3-week vinification, daily cap punchings, vat raised 9 months (until 2006 was aged used oak 11 months), unfined, filtered, “drink with beef bourguignon/stew, grilled rib of beef, red meat, tripe sausage & shallots (andouillette)”, 25-36,000 b

2017 ()

dark red, black-centred robe. The nose is reduced, so allow it to air. There is an aroma of raspberry liqueur with baking from the sun of the summer. The palate presents a block of red-fruited content all sealed closey together, has guts and a full finale. The tannins are ripe, gummy, and there is a hint of vegetal on the aftertaste. It’s just starting out, so allow until mid-2019, and decant it. 13°. 2028-29 Dec 2018

2016

quite a dark red robe. Soaked fruits such as blackberries lead the nose, with some reduction, perfume, and a lamb stock note. The palate bears raspberry fruits with a spot of spicing, the tannins angular, some greenness, on the finish, partly offset by a note of perfume and mineral. There is a slightly hollow feel to this. 13°. To 2021 Nov 2017

2015 ()

dark robe. Brewed up, grilled first aroma, black cherry in behind. The nose isn’t yet a whole, but there is potential for a broad and open offering. The palate dips into a good, deep well of black fruits with stylish gras. It’s very well sustained, and captures the abundance of the vintage well. Way to go Crozes, a real beaker of dark fruit. 13.4°. 36,000 b. GB£13 Tanners Wine www.tanners-wines.co.uk , US$26 Pamela Margaux Wine www.margauxandcompany.com From mid-2017. 2023-25 Oct 2016

2014

medium red robe. Good lift, a breezy air, black pepper, black berries show on the nose. This is free wheeling, free drinking, medium weight wine, clear as crystal, aided by the wine from Érôme (10%). It is facile, the tannins rapidly ready already. 13°. 2019-20 Apr 2016 Previously Oct 2015 **(*) dark red colour. The nose gives a blackberry aroma with a seared side to it, a lamb stock effect. The palate starts with a tight feel, as if it has been stretched. The red fruit is underpinned by some spirit and acidity. This doesn’t drink as a an easy whole. Not sure. There is late glow from its alcohol. 13°. From mid 2016. 2019-20  Oct 2015

2013 ()

dark, sustained robe. The nose is very beau – it gives blackberry, is curvy, has inner potential, shows red meat, violets. The palate is dense, close, has a good entry of black fruits, soaked cherries, tea, mocha. Ripe fruit is present here. The tannins are sleek, and there is salty clarity on the exit. 13°. “We harvested in the second week of October, and also had hard hail in July,” Jean-Pierre Mucyn. 2022-23 Apr 2016 Previously Jan 2015 **(*) there is a slight matt hue in the dark red, which after tasting it confirms suspicions. The nose gives tar, rubber, reductive airs, a soaked quality to the fruit, has both an earthiness and some floral scent. The palate starts on a sweet, confected note, and doesn’t convince. It lacks lift as it finishes, the fruit stewed in nature. Fuzzy focus here. Jammy moments are mixed up with crisp, cutting moments. From mid-2015. 12.95°. 36,000 b. Bottled July 2014.  2019 GB £13 Tanners www.tanners-wines.co.uk USA US$24 Margaux Company www.margauxandcompany.com  Jan 2015

2012

dark red, some black at its centre. Supple, black jelly fruit air, has a light background graininess, a round shape. The palate is neatly presented, is on the go now. It favours squeezy red fruits, strawberry, liqueur style. The texture is oily, free. Minor tannins appears on the close – there is a precise dustiness from that. Relaxed winemaking. Drink with simple dishes such as cottage pie, shepherd’s pie. From spring 2014. 13°. 30,000 b. 2018  Nov 2013

2011

(vat) quite dark. Has a forward black berry air, good, smoky licorice lining, and a small undernote of violet – it is wide enough to interest. The palate holds supple black fruit, spiced plum flavours. It extends on a low-key gras richness, ends roundly. An easy drinker, agreeable and orderly, w.o.w. wine. No false steps on its journey, can be drunk solo. From mid-2012. To 2017. Nov 2012

2010

(vat) profound, slightly dull-hued dark red; the nose has a sweet, slightly gamey intensity, rolls along with blackberry and light violet notions, honey and toffee. The palate is fenced in by some alert acidity that is not in accord at this stage. But there is dash in the fruit, even if it is a little toothy and upright. It ends clearly, with notably floral traces, and is a fine wine. It needs to coalesce; drink from mid-2012. Bottling in Jan 2012. 2016-17 Nov 2011

2009

bright, rather full red robe. Has a broad, willing, fat and open bouquet – it shows mulled red fruits with extra depth from a note of chicken stock with potential herb and thyme additions. There is a charming debut of red fruit, a liqueur style to this which is the result of very ripe grapes, but there is some grip, too. It is fleshy and easy to drink, especially with grilled foods. It shows the sunshine of the vintage via its sweetness, is wide, then ends on graphite cut and a little dryness that food will easily take care of. Naturally made, a good, genuine wine – marks for that. 13°. To 2015-16 Nov 2010

2008 ()

quite dark red; bouquet has a little scale, depth – red fruit, light oaking, and is not sweet, good. Loose lines of red fruit on the palate – there is possible northern sector clarity here, mineral cut, and grip towards the finish. There is a quiet tick over of dried red cherry, the fruit baked in nature. Is true to its place. Acetate and dry moments are a concern, but can pull through. From late 2010. 2013-14 Dec 2009 Previously March 2009 *(*) (vat, sugars and malo done) fairly full red; agreeable, nice pretty nose – bacon, dark black fruits. The palate is interesting – there are pretty black fruits, the length is good, safe. Drink from early 2010. Light, but true wine. To be bottled July 2009. 12.7°natural, no chaptalisation. March 2009

2007 ()

full robe; lively bouquet, its fruit bursting out – blackberry and a touch of earthiness with the smoky bacon of the southern zone, and some pine in the air. The palate has intense black fruit with a late burst of coffee and light chocolate. Broad and purposeful towards the finish – this fruit is live. To 2012. March 2009 Previously Jan 2008 *(*) cask 1 *(*) north zone, Les Îles, 50 yr Syrah by the river soft red fruit aroma, red fruits with an easy feel on palate, soft finale, a wine that is a long way from the granite; cask 2 ** from Erôme Les Mottes and Les Verts plots, black jam, blackberry crème aroma, with some toffee; soft black fruit start, then tightens up from half way – needs 15 months; cask 3 *(*) young Syrah from plain at Pont de l’Isère, grilled notes - roast chicken, mocha airs. Griottes, red cherries on palate, and the usual out and about style from here. Pleasant, runs on OK. OVERALL: ** to **(*) obviously will be an accessible, forward-fruited wine, with some delicacy. A hint of tannin to support it. 4-5 year wine. Jan 2008

2006

sound red robe; the nose is closed, withdrawn (it is raining today, south wind). There is red fruit with some meatiness or beef-flavoured potato crisps here. The palate red fruit is led by the flavour of a raspberry coulis, plum present also, and this continues with ease. Drinks well on its texture, but needs to open up. There is a little tannin within, evident as it tightens at the end. From June 2008. To 2012. Jan 2008

2004 ()

typical young Syrah, some tarmac, but not quite fully ripe and has a peppery edginess in the aroma. Immediate fruit on palate, open and clear. Tannin adds a peppery tone, some licorice. Very clear fruit, this can be drunk solo, goes down easily. To 2010. June 2006, GB Previously April 2006 *** mild scent on bouquet, soft and slightly honeyed black fruit jam. Cassis jam attack of easy appeal, soft but has some depth. The black fruits towards the finish are lightly rounded, this is sound for early drinking. Agreeable fruit, the wine isn't especially long. To 2009. Previously March 2005 **(*) clear, mid-weight bouquet, fruit is open. Jam style fruit, likeable width, tannins seem ripe. Needs bit more weight, can move that way as it evolves, but not a long-term wine. 2009-10 March 2005

2003 ()

interesting, varied nose - isn't forced, has stone fruits, and some grip. Delightful fruit on palate - clear and sustained. Sound length, end tannins are wholesome. 2010-11 March 2005 2003 Previously (cask) *** full, quite peppery bouquet, decent style, not overblown. Warm texture, mild jam fruit, pleasing length, with defined end tannins. Outlying gras here, nice wine. 2006-07 on. To 2011-12

2002

sound red colour; lightly brewed black fruit bouquet, touch earthy. Well-defined flavour, calm black fruit, touch of tobacco at end. Elegant, quite graceful. Tannins contribute support. 2008-09

2001

medium colour; red fruit gums aroma, soft and nicely mature. Good fruit on palate, has some energy and sound acidity. Length good. Not very full, but drinks well now. 2007-08 Feb 2005 Previously **(*) almost rose-hip nose; finely tuned fruit, truffle/light tannin end. Genuine, slight low scale, reflects its place. Fair length. 2008-09