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30-40% Chapoutier vineyards inc 1950s and 1960s Syrah in southern sector, 60-70% purchased crop and wine from Beaumont-Monteux, destemmed, 3 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 0-30% 1-2-3-4 year oak casks, 70-100% concrete vat 12 months, unfiltered, organic wine, 175,000 b

2016 ()

(vat/casks) pretty full, dark red. The nose has a grilled, mountain of soaked raspberry fruits air, plums and sage as well. The palate is close-knit, bears tingling red fruits with a cool stream, a chalky thread, through them. This is a direct Crozes, not fleshy and obvious, is in the New Wave style of pared back red wines. Minerality and tightness mark it, will go well with roast lamb. It won’t suit drinkers who have a sweet tooth. From spring 2018. 2023-24 Nov 2017

2015

(concrete vat/casks) full robe here. The nose is tight, potentially generous over time. There is an aroma of stewed fruits lying low. The palate spreads broadly with a well-juiced gras rolling through it. It picks up some black pepper late on, with a sign-off on blueberry fruit. This is a good, thorough 2015 Crozes, with vintage accuracy, the freshness and the full content present. There is a hint of oak-toffee on the close. From mid-2017. 2024-25 Oct 2016

2014

(vat) shiny dark red. This is a good, varied bouquet, gives airs of oily black berry, black cherry fruit, a scrap of menthol, fruit lozenge. The palate is well assembled, a mix of dark berry fruit and a tannic structure that will allow a second stage. The fruit quality is high. €14.35 at the cellars. 100% concrete vat raised. From mid-2016. 2021-22 GB £48/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com  Oct 2015 

2013

dark red. Has a rather silky, suave dark berry fruit aroma that also offers a little perfume, and overall presents a rounded front. The palate sets off with a note of violet, and a free spin of dark, near prune fruit. Very typical of the southern reaches of Crozes, a little pepper present as it ends - a sort of nervous angle from the vintage. Grainy, powdery tannin appears on the close.  GB £48/6 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com £50/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740222  www.thewinesociety.com 2020-21  Jan 2015

2012

dark robe; smoky, pretty stylish, rather enclosed nose that has a definite depth of black fruit and spreads widely. Needs around 2 years to coax out more – there is plenty of dark berry fruit to come. The palate has an unctuous side, is all on the flex of its suave fruit, its sleek tannins. Its oily texture will please. Good shape, a proper Crozes, offers pretty full drinkability. There is nice restraint on the finish – discreet red fruits. Has the ability to vary and stimulate. From late 2014. 100% concrete vat raised. 2022-24  Nov 2013

2011 ()

the quite dark red comes with a matt hue. Has the air of stewed plums, traces of violet, vanilla, grain – the nose is aromatic, a bit one-dimensional, doesn’t wake me from my slumbers. The palate holds simple, scented fruit which fails to move swiftly like the best 2011s. It has its own ease, and drinks now with modest horizons, modest tannins. Middle of the road wine that is tender, a good thing, but needs more depth. The aftertaste is scented, has a fine grain. To 2018.  Nov 2012

2010

decent red colour; floral, black fruit pastille airs - the bouquet has a simple ease. The violet-floral influence continues on the palate, with a squeeze of black fruit, berry and damson inside it. It is a wee bit loose. It shows mocha traces on the aftertaste. Sound Crozes. Now – 2016-17 May 2012 Previously July 2011 *** (vat/oak) dark, bright robe; blackberry fruit with a supple air on the nose, and a free, ripe note, a light floral influence in its oiliness. A scented, soft style of Crozes, with detectably well-ripened fruit, a wine seeking sweet gras richness rather than decisive cut. It goes steadily along the palate, does not deviate. The finish is cautious, shows a bit of oak. From mid-2013. Needs food. 2018-19 July 2011

2009 ()

quite dark. Roll of red plum fruit around the nose, has ripe sweetness within. Correct, not more. The palate starts out with a pebbly, grainy texture, never really deviates from this. Possible inclusion of some 2008. It drinks softly, has some reserves though. Length is sound, shows a touch of flowers on the aftertaste. 2017-18 Nov 2010

2008 ()

mild red; rounded, red cherry aroma, already out and open. Similar palate – red cherry flavour, primary wine, not a lot of nuance in it, but it drinks well now, has length. Commercial and effective. 2012-13 Dec 2009

2007

plain red robe; the nose is reticent – there is sealed up red fruit, a gummy, licorice mix, stewed plums. There is a red fruit lead-off on the palate, but also a post-bottling quietness (bottled two months ago). It expands a little towards the finish. The gummy texture prevails. There is red fruit on the end – a wine that does the job, no frills. 2013. Dec 2008

2006

quite a dark, plum colour; the nose shows that it has just been bottled, and today`s rain makes its black fruit aroma rather obscure – there is a slight floral air as well, and potential suggested. There is black fruit with some richness on the palate – is a decent three-quarter weight wine. Touch of late tannin here. From Sept 2008. 2012-14 Jan 2008

2005 ()

pretty steady, good red colour; mild red fruits nose that is well woven together. There is a nice cut of fruit on the palate that is alert and flowing. This persists well and has the legs to offer more in the future. The fruit quality is good, and this is one of the best recent Meysonniers. 2014-15 June 2007, 2 days after its bottling Previously Dec 2005 (vat portion) *** pretty full robe. Clear, nicely rounded fruit aroma, lifted by some pepper and licorice. Peppery, clean and direct fruit with some warmth on the end. Sinew and cut here, likely to give good, straight drinking, with the oak wine bringing some extra depth. Esp 2007 on. 2011-12 Dec 2005

2004 ()

matt hue on robe. Brambly, bit smoky black jam and prune aroma. Mature fruit attack, holds up until a dry-toned end. Scented, light pepper aftertaste. Simple wine, has some finale roundness and red fruit appeal. 2008-09 April 2006

2003 ()

bright, dark robe; sleek black fruit bouquet, toffee also. There is a lot of wine here - rasping black fruit, the rich juice returns after an oak phase. Straight, southern zone fruit, needs age to vary it. 2006 on. An out of the loop wine that can stay on better than most vintages. 2015-16

2002

flourishing, smoky berries nose; expressive fruits, still tight. Length OK, sound early wine. 2008-09

2001

red stone fruit, fair depth of aroma; warm palate, pleasant brewed plum fruit, some tar/spice at end. 2009-11

2000

dark red; lively berried nose. Some dry pepper/liquorice. Sound length. Nicely ripe tannins. Ideal early wine. 2007-08.

1999

direct red fruits bouquet, nice dry tones. Round, open red fruits, suave finish. Correct Syrah expression. 2006-08.

1998

black fruit/liquorice, cool bouquet. Bit fungal, quite fat, chewy. Cooked/spiced red/black fruits, heated end. 2005-06.