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100% Syrah from stony leptynite granite soils, destemmed, 4 week concrete vat vinification, wild yeasts, regular pumping overs, malo in oak, aged 1-2-3-4-5 year oak casks 12-15 months, unfiltered


(casks) bold, dark robe; the bouquet is well filled, lined with dark berry fruits, notes of blackcurrant, a hint of violet-soft flowers. The palate starts with grace, is wide and nicely juiced, deep enough to sustain into a measured, consistent close. It’s a good, smooth, savoury Crozes that parades the open black fruit virtues of ripe Syrah, will show well with red meats, white meats, too. There is a trim saline note on the finish, which gives a ping of clarity, with a hint of oak there, too. From late-2021. 2028-29 Dec 2020

2018 ()

(casks) dark robe; the bouquet is grilled, assertive, has charcoal, blue fruit, firm fruit airs, with a hint of peony, rose hip in behind. It’s a compact, punchy opening, needs time. The palate bears close-knit matter, wells up from within, builds a definite crescendo into a vigorous finish, which flourishes with spark. This has granite mineral-iron its veins, and that is the prime influence on the close, a direct terroir transmission. There’s a lot here, many elements that can fuse with time, so leave until 2023. Its granite has saved the day in this hot, extreme vintage. Decant it. 2036-38 Nov 2019


(casks) bold dark red robe. The nose is polished, promising, has an elegant depth built around its cherry stone fruits, has cards up its sleeve. The palate presents fresh fruit with a sleek coat on it, runs with ease and flow. The tannins are tasty, wholesome, and appear on cue, darkening the closing moments. This has lots of potential to be stylish and rather sophisticated Crozes. From mid-2020, not before. Decanting helpful. 2032-34 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) full robe; The bouquet doesn’t give a lot, has a couch of black berry fruit jam, a note of incense, rubber. The palate has a tarry debut, is wrapped in agreeable black cherry fruits with a live line of freshness emerging into a clear finish. This is good, drinkable Crozes with a crisp take that encourages a second glass. 2021-22 Nov 2017


(casks) shiny, bonny deep robe. The nose doesn’t hesitate, comes right forward on oak-varnish, nutshells with sleek black fruits beyond. This is going to be impressive in a large glass. The palate is good and stylish, with wavy black fruits, and enough punch in the ripe tannins to set it up for cellaring until spring 2019 at the earliest. This approaches a mini-Hermitage, has that connection, that structure, is a very beau vin. The gras is full and elegant. The length is really fresh and sustained, allowing it to end on the up. 2027-29 Oct 2016


(casks) dark red. Has a soaked blackberry aroma, an air of simmered fruits, with a bonny note of violet, floral perfume: the nose is a good start. This is shapely, nicely balanced, harmonious wine; it holds tender fruit, with fine grain tannins on the late scene. It has a genuine, local feel, and captures 2013 well. The style is more fine than pushy. It provides tender drinking, food best with it due to the grainy texture after half way. Has character, is STGT, will fuse its tannins. Holds good, scented granite cut. From spring 2016. 2022-23  Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks) dark colour. Oaky, fully fruited air, graphite and black cherry mixed, works well. This is going to be tasty once clear of its oak. The fruit is fluid, the wine has gras richness, reveals black cherry, smoke and tobacco on the end, which also offers a touch of rose, flowers. A crisp, modern Crozes with 15% too much oak. Drink from 2015, or earlier if you like oak. A Crisp Operator. I like the mineral in it – sparks of that show well. USA: MS Walker Jeff Allen 629 5th Avenue suite 216 Pelham NY 10803 (NY & MA) jallen@mswalker.com 2022-24  Nov 2013