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The Wines

Syrah (50% 1970s, 50% 1996) from La Grace on the plain at Mercurol, clay with sand and a lot of rolled stones, 67% whole bunch fermentation, 8-10 day vinification, pumping overs, raised 50% vat, 50% oak 4-5 months, 8,000 b, 500-600 magnums, 200 jereboams

2015 ()

(tank, bottling end Feb 2016) dark red, intense robe. Pepper notes and raspberry fruit feature in a bouquet that lingers well, has a note of licorice. This is fresh, zingy wine, off we go. It has a little raisin-lees influence – hence it is raw and unfurnished as it stands, but comes in that spirit of style for immediate drinking. The close is grainy, and for the now the finale is a bit clipped, tarred. To 2020 Dec 2015 

2011

pretty, clear red; spiced, jaunty red fruit aroma – notably fragrant red berry, and some licorice. The palate gives loose and easy drinking; rather light body in this. The length is discreet, holds a tiny pocket of gras, and shows sweetness towards the floral finish. This is clear wine. Best to drink solo, or with a simple snack, casse croute. 12.2°. To 2015. March 2012

2009 ()

(from plain of Mercurol, 600-litre oak cask, sugars finished) bright, purple-tinted robe. Hay and wet stone aromas with an overlay of black fruit, tar, also geranium. Lively palate fruit, the shape initially upright, then gras after half way leading to a comfortable finale. It is rounded in shape overall. The taste is like black cherry, the energy in this is good, and there is depth to it – a good, tight, drinkable wine, another w.o.w. performer from the boys. Nov 2009

2003

well-formed bouquet - fruit gums, some depth. Broad, quite full palate, rounded, bigger scale than usual. Some end tannin. Similar to other low acidity years like 2000 and 1997.

2002

soft, red fruit nose; overt pepper, direct red fruit, bit dry at end. Just OK.