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100% Syrah (50% 1963, 50% mid-1980s) from in front of the château, aged new, 1-year 228-litre oak casks 18 months, unfined, filtered, made in 2003, 2005, 2007, 3-5,000 b

2010

(casks) dark robe; grilled, sense of meat stock in the bouquet, which has a wide and muscular air, comes with black berry fruit in its second phase. The palate has a juicy start, plenty of delivery of generous, squeezy fruit. It lengthens well, its fine and tasty tannins are well inset and lend it a crisp, chalky note for now, hence the tang on the finish. Modern in style, this has been well worked, and doesn`t hold back. Very good. From spring 2014. 2028-30 Dec 2011

2009

dark-tinted robe; black cherry, smoky bacon, layered fruit airs – good bouquet. Juicy, plump debut to the palate, has a consistent roundness, is laced with sweetness; there is a wee hint of volatile acidity at the end. Can be drunk now. It doesn`t encourage one to drink much of it at a time. 14°. 2021-23 Sept 2011

2007

(casks) intense, big black plum robe; has a violet, ripely fruited nose with some alcohol discernible – the aroma is pretty faithful to the northern Rhône, unusually for these parts. The palate has a red berry, dark mulberry fruit, with a comfortable flow – it ends clean and clear. Very good fruit in this. It is marked by its oak now. An interesting, atypical wine for Châteauneuf – the varietal expression of the Syrah is clear, and only some herbal notes on the finish bring a little local colour. 2023-25 To be bottled March 2009. June 2008

2005

the red fruits have some snap in their aroma – a touch of fine jam and herbs – this bouquet has depths that grow if you dwell. The palate holds sealed red fruit, delivered with a fine touch. The oak comes forward late on. There is quiet muscle here, with red fruit richness within. It is enclosed by its oak now, so try from mid-late 2010 I would say. 14.5°. 2021-24 June 2008

2003

the robe is still dark – shows some purple and black cherry, and indicates the presence of Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. The bouquet is entering a plush, hammock shape, with the oak absorbing the black fruits – the fruit is a little on the turn. Some licorice and pepper exist alongside the black berry. The palate shows a wine at a crossroads between youth and middle age: the blackberry fruit has youth in it, and is secure at its heart. The oak is omnipresent, and lends a dryness to the texture. Has a largely rich finale, and will be more local, less oaked from 2011 onwards. This is moving in the right direction. 2019-21 June 2008