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1950s-1960s Syrah from Mazards, Eygas, mainly destemmed, 3-week vinification, aged new-1-3 year 228-litre oak casks 12-14 months, fined, unfiltered, first wine 1999, initially called Réserve, 3,000 b

2017 ()

dark red, handsome colour; acetate, clipped black fruits’ airs, black cherry on the nose. The palate has a firm filling, with stiff, upright good juice inside it, but it’s really clamped down by the new oak. It would be great with low extraction and used oak, but not like this, a pity. 13°. From 2023. 2034-35 Dec 2019

2016 ()

bright dark red, belle robe. The nose gives a plump aroma, raspberry fruit that has been macerated, coulis in style. It has open features. This drinks easily, the fruit live, and its main asset. It finishes clearly and well, has Cornas in its veins, captures 2016 well. The one drawback is a wee note of dryness in the tannins. Decanting advised. 13°. From 2020. 2031-32 Dec 2018

2005

full red; has a compact, tight aroma – black fruits, some leather and smoke – it broods away quietly. The palate grips from the start; this has a settled mid-palate, and a good 2005 small black berry flavour with tannin on the end. It ends freshly, and for now needs to soften its finish. From mid-2009. 13°. To 2018-20 Dec 2008

2002 ()

(casks) red/purple robe; red berry aromas; some dark flavours, chewy parts. Some Cornas style, tannins. 2006-07 on. 2012-14

2001

tight, smoky, bacon/damp earth nose; packed but accessible wine. Length, heat, tannin correct; pepper/mineral end. More open 2008 on. 2016-18