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The Wines

from Les Saveaux, Le Pigeonnier 10-40 yr Syrah, mainly destemmed, 3-week vinification, aged 4-8 year oak 12-14 months, fined, unfiltered

2017

dark red; the nose is foxy, unsettled. The palate is uneven, holds red fruits, coarse tannins, is all rather raw and chaotic. It may trundle on towards 2030 but hopes are low. 13°. Dec 2019

2014 ()

bottled one week: red robe. Has a game, husky first air, stewed red berries – this needs decanting. There is supple forward red fruit and smoky tannin on the palate. There is a clack of fresh cut in the tannins. It is a bit limited. 13°. From mid-2016. To 2020 Dec 2015

2006

quite a full red robe; hey-hey, downhome warrior here on the bouquet – a game, reduction clamp on the bouquet demands decanting. The palate has a red fruit gum taste, is reductive. The tannins are quite ripe, and prop up the end. The length is OK, but it is a bit dry at the end. From late 2009. Rather rustic. 13°. To 2012-13 Dec 2008

2002

(casks) earthy hints on nose; sinewy red fruit, but lacks true tannic support. Dry-toned, needs more structure. 2006 on, 8 years.

2001 ()

lightly stewed black fruits, plain bouquet; rounded black fruit, quite plump, suave tannins. Lacks grip, but OK. 2010-12