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100% Syrah, soils a mixture of granite with limestone from Les Arlettes, sanded granite & lime soils (Saint-Pierre), decomposed granite or gore soils (Les Mazards, Cayret), destemmed, 1 week concrete vat fermentation, then 3 week maceration, cap punchings, aged 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 14 months, organic wine

2016

(casks) deep, dark robe. The nose carries an engaging abundance, shows reduction, plenty of unfinished business therefore. Prunes, stewed fruits sit comfortably inside it. The palate has a savoury nature, a rolling content of red fruits with smokiness, tar. There is a pine aspect on the aftertaste, with a rocky tang; I find its oak well founded. This is honest, genuine STGT Cornas, perhaps reflects some whole bunch inclusion on the second half with its mineral-vegetal display. From late 2019. 2031-34 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) full, dark robe. The bouquet is broad and firm, comes with a coated aroma of black berry fruit, smoky bacon, is tickly knit together. The palate is a bundle of black fruits with drive in its tannins, a smoky imprint from them, with the finish full of running, producing savoury, stylish juice. This moves very well along the palate, catches the attention, has excellent length. From mid-2019. 2032-34 Oct 2016

2013 ()

dark, bright robe. Lamb stock, mulberry aroma, a little rosemary present: the nose has sound depth, and bears a little mystery, so the future is promising. The palate starts clearly, delivers good Cornas cut and stylish fruit that surges a long way, the length good. It keeps going in the best 2013 fashion, has a good, solid Cornas character; the tannins are not patsies – they are firm, and give the wine shape. Oak appears on the aftertaste, and it is full of beans as it ends. From 2017. 2029-31  Jan 2015