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The Wines

Syrah (late 1980s, early 2010s) from galet stony red deep soils on Bouyonnet and Le Moulin on the plain beside the Rhône near the chapel of Cornas, until late 2010s inc 30% young Syrah vines from Cornas & Saint-Joseph, destemmed (whole bunch in 2017, 2019), 3 week vinification, cap punchings only, aged 100% vat (2019) or 5-6 year 228-litre oak casks, 1 or 2 600-litre oak casks (2016) 3-12 months, unfined, filtered, 1,505-3-4,000 b

2019

bright dark red; has a good oily bouquet that gives a fluid air of blackberry, is nicely rounded, has a hint of black olive. The palate is supple and joli, the content savoury, with munchy tannins. It’s good wine for the grade, comes with heart and good length, is very good VALUE at €12. The touch of tannin means you can wait for one more winter. Lamb will suit it well. Vat only raising of three months this year. 13°. Bottled one week ago. To 2024 Dec 2019

2018 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED; CONDITIONS TOO DRY

2017 ()

(600-litre cask) notably dark robe. Black raisin, chocolate feature in a butty, brothy aroma. The palate is broad, sustained until half way, is meaty, and stomps its feet, is very terrestrial wine. It’s a very full Vin de France, its tannins a bit rugged. Has character, and there’s plenty in the glass. The close is chewy. “This is whole bunch fermentation in order to keep some freshness – otherwise the wine was going to be too heated,” Johann Michel. From late 2019. 2025-26 March 2018

2016

quite a dark red. Pepper and spice show with cooked red fruits, raspberry prominent on the nose, oiliness also. The palate gives a measured run of red fruits, has knuckle, a change in texture after half way, the finish a bit demanding, crunchy and dry – it needs to fuse. This has acidity that will also help it to live and gradually tone down. 13°. 4,000 b. 2024-25 March 2018

2005

although no year on the label: juicy, black fruits aroma. Has young, primary fruit with good energy. It lasts nicely, flows well, and has some tannic support. €6. 2010-11 Dec 2006