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100% Syrah (av age 30 yrs) from Beaumes, can include Greffieux, Diognières, destemmed, crushed, 12-18 day vinification at up to 30°C, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 50% new, 50% 1-year 275-litre oak casks 14-15 months on fine lees after malo in those casks, filtered, 1,400 b

2016 ()

(casks) sturdy dark red colour. The bouquet has a sweet richness, airs of raspberry liqueur, prunes with a salted, minted edge from the oak. The palate flows easily and well, is medium weight, lightly aromatic, bears a black cherry flavour that ends in a tarred, smoky finale, the oak driving the close. This is based on fruit from the safer, less granite end of the hill, the fruit rather stylish, and will be a neat drink around 2022, when the oak should be less obvious. 13°. From 2020. 2030-32  Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) deep red colour, with a purple rim. The nose bears a mild air of blackberry fruit, with grilling and damp forest in the picture. It has a slight southern richness, is brewed, not yet clearly defined. The palate bears juicy blackberry and blueberry fruit, gives a sense of juice coming from thick-skinned grapes, with weight from that source. It’s a sturdy wine with late kick that requires leaving until 2020-21. The finish is solid, firm. 2034-37 Oct 2016

2013

sober dark plum colour. Raspberry fruit with an airborne rather than grounded nature shows on the nose, along with a savoury side, a little note of animal. The palate is peppery, a touch on the lean side compared to other 2013 Hermitages. The finish reflects that via its chalky tannins. Two years will help the finish to fuse further. A low profile Hermitage. 1,400 b. €42 at the cellars. 2024-25  Jan 2015

2010

(casks) dark robe, good surge of colour. Has a precise, careful aroma of black fruit with a violet-floral top air, and a red meat under air, all ensemble, authentic and attractive: there is quality Syrah here. The palate displays good balance, a natural black fruiting, and takes on tannin quite early – leave until second half of 2014. This is a mild rather than forceful Hermitage, its mildness suggesting the more eastern, lesser zones, the alluvial areas. Fine, powdery late tannin comes through. Elegant wine that stops a little early. 2023-25 Nov 2011

2007

(casks) spritz is visible in a quite dark robe; has a lees, in the vat aroma – beyond that is black cherry fruit. The palate is not a big affair, but holds some steady, insistent black berry, gummy – reductive - fruit . The length is OK. Hard to judge today, but likely to be a 15 year wine, drink from late 2010. Dec 2008

2006 ()

(casks) dark robe; pliant red fruit aroma, nudged along by its oak, has a soft centre. The palate holds even, somewhat gracious fruit – this is elegant, even if there is not a lot of side matter. An early style of Hermitage, accessible ahead of most of the field. Red fruits dominate. It is a bit simple, but easy to drink. I hope it is not too expensive. 2014-15 Dec 2007

2004 ()

quite ripe, red berry aroma 0f decent depth, and a smoky top air. There is soft fruit on the palate – fleshy and approachable, suggests the east end of the hill, rather than involving the manly granite of the west. It delivers openly, without hidden corners. The tannins lend some support, and will have eased off by 2008. Lacks the true Hermitage stature. Its length is only fair. Problems of ripening this year, I suspect. 2018-19 April 2006