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The Wines

Syrah (1990, all clone vines) from slightly decomposed granite on S Facing slopes at Saint-D├ęsirat, 4 plots totalling 1.2 hectares, destemmed crop, 3 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs at first, cap punching by foot, press wine assembled, aged 50% 4-15 year 228-litre oak casks, 50% 4-15 year 590-litre oak casks 12 months, then steel vat raised 3-4 months, unfined, unfiltered, no SO2 used, first wine from here 2014, organic from 2017, 2,500-3,500 b (in early 2000s was 1975 and older Syrah from Marsel site in Peyraud, aged 3-6 year oak casks 15-18 months, unfined, unfiltered, made until 2004)

2016

shiny red robe; herbal, reductive air, “glimpses” of mulberry, red berry. If aired, the fruit would really appeal. The palate gives a clear line of red fruit with joli detail, the 2016 coolness, and a good flow. This holds tasty black fruits. This is airborne wine of pure appeal on the palate. It’s refined, in tune with today’s tastes. Double decant it. 13°. 3,500 b. 2027-29 Feb 2019

2015 ()

oily, dark red robe. Coffee beans, mulberry, blueberry fruits mingle on the nose, which is copious, has more to give. The palate holds smoky black fruits, tar, blackstrap notions, good, live tannins, rocks well, lengthens with good crunch, is darkly fruited. The fruit comes in little waves. The tannins are quite challenging. “The alcohol was dominating, but is integrating,” Jean Delobre. 14.5°. From mid-2019. 2,500 b. 2027-28 Feb 2018

2003

full robe. Cherry, blackcurrant jam aroma. Very attractive stone fruit flavour of black berries. Broadens through the palate, this is long. Raspberry aftertaste. Lots of variety on the palate, good wine. 2013-15 March 2005

2002 ()

nicely broad, and earthy bouquet, is sustained but reduced at this stage. Good, wholesome fruit on palate, very clear, with likeable tannins. Stone fruits peek out at end in a pretty manner. Classy drink now, but can evolve. Its clarity makes it a good drink for now. Very good for the vintage. March 2005