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100% Syrah (1980s), destemmed, 2-3 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, aged 70% 1-2 year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks, 30% tronconic oak vat 15-16 months (before mid-2010s aged 40% new 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks, 30% 1-year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks, 20% oak vat, 10% 2-year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks 18 months), fined, filtered, "drink with rib of beef, roast guinea fowl", 35-40,000 b


(casks) dark robe, more black than red; the bouquet gives a steady line of black berry fruit, oak attached, the fruit clear enough to interest. The palate runs with wavy black fruited matter, and has an engaging style, the quality of the fruit good and clear. The tannins bring a little extra late depth, while the oak can enter harmoniously. This can be drunk from 2022, say, will be stylish in a large glass around 2025 or so. 2032-34 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks) bold, dark robe. The nose presents plenty of potential, a real concerted fruit of clear strike black fruit, with licorice. It holds well. The palate starts well on gliding, sensuous black fruit which reaches out a very long way, ending on crushed nutshells, grain-powder tannins. This is sophisticated, harmonious, grown-up Crozes red, one of the best in class. The balance is good; what it needs to do is to absorb its oak over the next two years – from 2021 for that. 2034-36 Dec 2018


(oak vat/casks) full, dark robe. Lines of oak, varnish, blueberry, crushed nutshells run up and down the nose, with a lurking savoury, meat stock couch. The palate is buttoned closely together, holds stylish content with sleek black fruit at its centre. The aftertaste gives black pepper from its oak. This needs until late 2018, for more oak integration and more fusion all round. The elements are in place for a nicely full, stylish Crozes. 13.5°. 2023-24 Nov 2017


(oak vat/casks) dark, full robe. The nose can be stylish in time; for now, there is a front air of oak, quite sensitively presented, with a cosy, soaked black cherry fruit, living on its ripeness, behind. The palate rests on a run of black cherry fruit which is polished, clean, with some oak-tannin toffee notes to bring it to a conclusion. This is a tidy, quite sweet Crozes, with some reserves to amplify as it evolves. The fruit persists with a stealthy hand. 13°. From 2018. 2023-24 Oct 2016


shiny dark red robe. The nose is sprinkled with pepper and licorice above a layer of black cherry fruit. It is a clear, efficient start. The palate holds clean black fruit without quite engaging me. It runs with a decent trail of fruit, but fades a little. OK, but arm’s length. From mid-2016. 2020-21  Oct 2015 


(casks) shiny dark robe. Light toasting traverses the nose, a sleek black cherry within, a note of blackberry jam. The fruit aroma is ripe. The palate offers suave, accomplished fruit with a well-timed pick-up of tannin, and increased darkness, as it closes. It is all very consecutive, but still in the cellar. 13°. 35,000 b. From late 2016. 2023-24  GB £156/12 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com  Jan 2015 


handsome ,very dark robe, has a purple rim. The shapely, big bouquet is based on order and promise, is well grown up, has stylish black fruit inside it. There is a good concertina of sleek fruit, fine acidity, supple tannin on the palate. Impressive Crozes on many levels: it is drinkable, swishes along, enjoyable, has proper depth and length. Winning wine – bravo to Emmanuel. Has a mini-Hermitage depth, has balance, grip and structure. From spring 2015. The fruit can travel further into its late oak. 13.5°. 2022-24  Nov 2013


dark robe. Oak leads a smooth air of compact black fruit, licorice in behind; it is charry now, and will be more open and less oaked-up from 2014. The palate has the soft texture of 2011 – the fruit is ripe, and has menthol-licorice dabs in it. It ends on a salty, clear note. The palate is more open than the oaked bouquet. It lacks a little purpose on the finish, tames down there. Time will help. Not sure it needed its full quota of oak this year. From 2014. 2018-19 Nov 2012


dark; has a comfortable bouquet, a mix of smoky bacon and black fruit, all nicely upholstered and inviting – there is potential on the nose. Finely scented debut to the palate that comes with a criss-cross of smoky tannin and well-cut, ripe black fruit after that. Very vintage typical, and its fruit lasts well also. It will drink with some flair, is near w.o.w status. There is a pocket of fine grain tannin on the finish. From spring 2012. 13.5°. Bottled 28 Oct 2011. 2018-19. Dec 2011

2008 ()

good steady red robe; damp leaf aroma comes forward, black fruit in second place, a bit of violet. The palate drinks on a similar mineral tone, with pliant black fruit present, a little late scent in it. Drinkable, soft wine. To 2012 to capture it most rounded phase. July 2010

2007 ()

black plum robe; blackberry jam or coulis aroma which has a line of flowers such as violet running across it. The palate is measured, bearing a solid inlay of ripe and perfumed fruit that is surrounded and supported by good matter. It extends on to a clear finish, where there are some oak traces, but these are skilfully included, bringing only a touch of charcoal. From 2010 – but its great moment will be 2011-13. To 2016-17 Dec 2008


blackberry tone in the robe; comfortable black fruit in the aroma, with a live, pepper-infused topping: this is a wide bouquet, with well-handled oak. The palate red fruits hold a herbal tone, as if the south of the southern Crozes zone is here in the glass. Makes for good drinking, since it is not pretentious or over-worked. Shows some late peppery tannins and oak: all will absorb and add some life and clarity. Marks for character: this is a well-poised wine, still upright and can evolve. Good example of what Crozes should be. 2012-14 Dec 2007

2005 ()

black plum robe; soft, ripe aroma – plenty of southern zone appeal, as if from Roche-de-Glun (tasted blind), with a little sweetness. The palate is good: holds squeezy, amiable fruit that is nice and rounded. The length is good, and everything works well for a vin de plaisir, a pleasure wine without undue consequence. Its good tannins are well inset and it offers juicy drinking. 2011-12 Nov 2006


dark tints on robe. Brewed, inky bouquet - mingles leather, damp woods, smoke, violet. Scaled-up wine on palate with mature flavours such as prune, raisin and black fruit tarts. Is hefty, large for the year. Ends with a violet, floral expression. Foot on the pedal, power wine, it does soften with air. Has a beefy nature. Esp mid-2007 on. 2012-13 April 2006

2003 ()

oily black fruits, oak on nose. Plenty of elegance, texture is suave and oily. Beau Vin, esp from 2007-08. 2013-15 March 2005 Previously (cask) **** cool side to black fruit aroma, well-founded bouquet. Stylish palate - rounded fruit, well-packed, fat throughout. Jam/olive mix, southern effect. Very stylish wine. Oak impact lightly toasts it, not intrusive. 2007 on. 2016-18

2002 ()

medium weight nose, stone fruit; fair depth, length. Has enough fruit to work with different oak influences (Allier, Hungary). Probably OK around 2006, needs time to integrate. 2011-12

2001 ()

yeasty, black fruit, some reduction, grilled notes from oak. Decent juice, restrained style with underplayed oak that needs a little time. Good black berry fruit, clear-cut. 2005 on. 2011-13 Previously (cask) **(*) dark-sided nose - blackcurrant leaf/herbs. Orderly berry fruits, some end tannin/tar, oak dries it. More angular than the Mise, from 2006 for integration.