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100% Syrah (mid-2000s) from 1.2 hectare of schist, mica schist soils on Neve, destemmed, 4 week concrete vat vinification/maceration at up to 32°C, daily pumping overs, cap punchings, no press wine included, aged 25% new, 75% 1-2 year 225-litre oak casks 14-18 months, then concrete vat 3 months, unfined, filtered, biodynamic grapes


(casks) dark robe; the bouquet has an underlying elegance beyond its oaked outer, the oak firm for now. There is definition in the black fruits such as cassis within. The palate streams along well, has an on the money freshness and a good clarity and purity in the fruit, with the length rather explosive all of a sudden, a trait of this flamboyant vintage at Rôtie. The texture is suave, classy, and, while the oak intrudes towards the finish, I feel the young vines here are beginning to have their say. From 2023-24. 2042-44 Dec 2020


(casks) dark red; the bouquet shows oak-chocolate, black raisins, is ripe and rather Southern. There is also a vegetal note in behind. The palate carries a plum flavour, with red fruits streaming along its path, has butty tannins on board, good spring in their step. This is full of life, and delivers an iron presence as it closes. It’s in a pretty naked state now, needs leaving until 2023, which will extend the finish notably. 2043-45 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks) dark red, black-tinted robe. The nose is bright, gives a neat combination of red and black berry fruits, has a savoury, lamb stock side to it, notes of sweet herbs. The palate attacks well on cassis, blueberry fruit that runs liberally, keeps moving with a flourish into a peppery close, the tannins clear and minted there. This is interesting, has character. It’s nicely supple as it ends, and will be stylish. The length is good. 100% Syrah. From 2022. 2042-44 Dec 2018


(casks) full colour, a dense dark red. The bouquet is set on a smoky, cordite style path, shiny black berry fruits present, a fair substance all round. The palate leads on a good wave of black berry fruit with good, tingling tannins adding pep to the second half, the finish good and clear. It’s wine of energy, holds the vintage freshness and appeal. This really rocks, has a great buzz about it, no holding back. The fruit suggests young vines (tasted blind). From spring 2020. 2037-39 Nov 2017 Previously Apr 2017 ***(*) Previously Apr 2017 ***(*) (cask) shiny dark red robe. This has a gently aromatic nose, its clarity suggestive of young vines. There are some red fruits, a plum intensity, here. It’s a rounded debut, gives airs of garden berry fruit, not bolder than that. The palate runs on fresh content with nerve in the tannins; it grips steadily on the close. The juice goes a fair way, but not all the way. It’s naked in style, a grippy wine, rather on its bare bones. I wouldn’t term it a wine of great consequence: that’s down to the youth of the vines. From 2021. 2035-38 Apr 2017 GB £432.60 per 6 b in bond, £148.42 per magnum in bond Mentzendorff London +44(0)207 840 3600 www.mentzendorff.co.uk