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mid-1990s Syrah from galet stone covered sand-clay (12%)-limestone soils on Les Hauts Chassis at La Roche de Glun, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling 5 days at 5-6°C, 15 day vinification at up to 28°C, twice daily pumping overs, a few cap punchings, steel vat-raised 5-8 months, unfined, filtered, “drink this young, soon”, before 2014 was the vats remaining after those for other Crozes reds selected, from 2014 selected according to the fruit from specific plots that correspond to a fresh, fruited wine, has risen from 15,000 b to 40,000 b

2018 ()

dark red; has a plump black fruit aroma, a raspberry-blackberry axis, ensemble. There is good spring on the attack, floral notes; it engages well, holds good tone and appeal, length also. It’s nice and bouncy, real typical Crozes from the plain of Les Chassis, is both STGT and w.o.w., a wine of truth. The palate fruit resembles raspberry, red berry, and there are dark notes, a touch of tar and black olives on the close. 14°. Bottled 12 April 2019. To 2026 Feb 2020

2016 ()

dark robe. The nose has a soaked fruits, damp aroma, sweet prune fruit in the mix. The palate is a perfumed, musky affair, holds red stone fruit flavours with a knot of late rocky tannin changing the texture, bringing in saltiness. It’s moving on in evolution already, is right ready to go. Drink until 2021 at the latest. 13°. Nov 2017

2015 ()

dark red robe. The nose is a typical southern sector of Crozes mix of tar, rubber, black stone fruits, carries a little reduction. The palate bears cool blue fruit, with fine tannins attached, ends neatly, with a dash of spearmint clarity. 13°. 15,000 b. €7.40 export. To 2020 Oct 2016

2014

dark red robe. The nose has an aroma of soaked fruits, prune and blackberry. The palate is sweetly flavoured, black fruit pastilles or lozenges brought to mind. It works as a pretty rolled up ball, with mild tannins present. From mid-2016 – it doesn’t need much longer. 13°. 20,000 b. €7.30. To 2020. Oct 2015 

2010 ()

full, dark robe. Violet-black cherry mix on the nose, a perfumed opening in a curvy and open bouquet, also rather a broad one. The palate connects well to the nose, drinks easily, also has a perfumed note, and offers the pulp of the Syrah – its core – well. Gains a little pocket of tannin, licorice into a secure, agreeable sign-off. Good drinking now. 13°. 2017. Nov 2011

2009 ()

bottled already. full, dark robe. Cassis fruit, plus a damp implication in the nose, as if moist black soil and a slight metal-mineral, graphite air. The palate starts off on a run of tasty black fruit – blackberry, bilberry – with ripe tannins sweeping in towards the finish. Good harmony on the palate. It ends on a mineral note as well, the end fruit full of life and generosity – really juicy. w.o.w. wine. Discreet notes of violets on the aftertaste. Great balance. Rock on, Tommy. 2017-18. Nov 2010

2007

quite a full red; floral air, flowers such as peony, attached to a sizzled bacon aroma. There is a burnt note around the black fruit on the palate – means its sides are shaded, not bright. The length is fair, but it ends rather tautly. To 2011. March 2009