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The Wines

Syrah (early 2000s) mainly from southern zone Patou, granite soils, “our seduction wine, with a grain of Cornas at the same time”, destemmed, 18-21 day vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, cap punching, aged 20-25% new 228-litre, 75-80% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks (600-litre casks have been used until mid-2010s) 12 months, fined, filtered, first wine 2004, 6,000 b

2017

(casks) full, dark robe; the nose is free with its serving of blackberry fruit and violets, is a perfumed opening, nicely open. The palate drinks easily from the off, glides along on its smooth stream of black cherry fruits, with nippy tannins on the close, slight darting about from them, the aftertaste on blue fruit, rather cool. It’s easy to access, clear-cut Cornas, few mysteries on board, the fruit engaging and long. From mid-2020. 2036-38 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) good, dark robe, black with purple. The bouquet has a sultry, ripe nature, a stewed black fruits take. It’s rather flashy. The palate also reflects a sweet approach, with plump content rolling out in a ball of smooth texture, the tannins mild and pliant. Its style suggests a wine from Patou or lower down with a cosy richness on parade. It is enjoyable, unpretentious, open to all comers. It may tighten past this first juvenile enthusiasm. 13.5°. From late 2018 or revert around 2021. 2028-30 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) dark robe. The nose broods rather than declares, has a brewed black fruits aspect, is closely packed in. The palate delivers well juiced flavour with the tannins still rather strident, pushy. They rule the roost from the mid-point onwards. This is a rugged Cornas that needs time to refine and fuse. 13.5°. From 2020. 2034-36 Oct 201

2014

(casks) sturdy, dark robe. The bouquet leads on a bright note of soaked raspberries, essence of fruit, a curl of sweetness adding to the appeal. The palate bears a steady run of tight red berry fruit flavour with some chiselled tannins coming forward as it nears the close. It is in a hidden phase now, but carries potential. The aftertaste is rocky, tangy. Allow until mid-2018 to settle the finish and bring more of a united front. 13°. 2027-29  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

nice dark robe. Has a nicely compact, crushed black berries aroma, one that shows promise, has three-quarter depth. The fruit is very clear. The palate bears good, fluid fruit with hints of violet – there is good heart to it. Stylish wine that has a little Cornas mineral clarity on the finish. Very tidy, well packaged, modern and clean. It is just a wee bit escapist. From mid-2016. 2024-26  Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks) dark robe, with a matt hue. The bouquet is wide, insistent, has a grilled frontage, and has hardly got going yet, shows licorice, some light black cherry. The palate has a meaty style, carries liqueur red fruits, plums. It is close-knit, but stretches out towards the finish, which is still undecided. This has grounding, and ends on dark fruit, with life, energy, appeal. A direct, no-nonsense Cornas, will do well in bistrots, restaurants. From mid-2015. 2024-25  Nov 2013

2011

(bottling in two weeks) dark colour. Slight reduction, but a good offering of juicy, dark fruit that has a violet-damp black soil air, shows some meatiness: all promising. The palate spreads widely, holds unbridled fruit with nerve and bounding tannins. It shows off Cornas and its fruit well, vigorously, and gets close to its terroir on the more grainy finish, where there are also southern notes such as rosemary, black olives, coffee. Boy Racer, w.o.w. Cornas. From 2014. 2024-25  Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks) rather dark robe; the nose is reserved – you have to work at it to achieve a semblance of cooked red fruit, a raspberry tart effect that has light black raisin and violet airs attached. The palate is similarly cautious next to many exuberantly fruited 2010 Cornas. It gains in expression, which is encouraging, and leaves a discreetly rich aftertaste. There is a fine sinew in this, is very granite sourced. Traditional style, is a good, muscular wine that is a shade strict. It persists on grainy, baked notes. Needs time: from 2014. 2026-28 Nov 2011

2009 ()

dark, shiny robe. Soaked red cherries (griottes), nutty and grilled aroma that is wide, pretty deep, and has a little snap of pistachio and licorice in it. Grilled notes are prominent in its juicy black fruit; the finishing stages reflect the grilling more than the fruit. An orderly, modern wine that accentuates the juicy fruit rather than the traditional smokiness and tannic robustness. Wait if you want the mineral side of Cornas to emerge, say around 2014-15. It will give fun drinking in 2012, on that first fruit surge. 2020-22 Nov 2010

2007

bright, good full dark red robe; the bouquet has a light smoke top air, and mixes in coffee, cassis, tobacco. The palate holds fine-tuned black fruit – it is supple, but still has a good framea round it, and ripe tannins. This is early Cornas, as the boys intend, a gourmand wine in the making. Good drinking, with interesting charm. To 2014. March 2009

2006 ()

quite dark, bright robe; has a supple, rather mulled fruits aroma – comes with a relaxed harmony – but there is enough in it to run on and show variety over time. The palate delivers mulled, ripe red fruits that have spice within. This has good, early fruit. The length is correct, the finish clear. Provides good, easy drinking with fidelity and snap about it. Fun wine – w.o.w. – great in CHR – restaurants, bistrots. To be bottled next week. 2015-16 Dec 2007

2005

the bouquet comes from the rugby scrum (sorry, non-rugby nations, but it is a heaving, straining, manly do with a fair degree of exertion), shows big fruit with reduction hovering, but good, clear red berry fruit deep within. The palate carries harmonious fruit, with a round tone and undemanding tannic support. It drinks pretty well now, a surprise for a Cornas, but does possess some local character. 2013-14 Dec 2007