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The Wines

Syrah (50% 1970s, 50% 1996) from La Grace on the plain at Mercurol, clay with sand and a lot of rolled stones, 67% whole bunch fermentation, 8-10 day vinification, pumping overs, raised 50% vat, 50% oak 4-5 months, 8,000 b, 500-600 magnums, 200 jereboams

2015 ()

(tank, bottling end Feb 2016) dark red, intense robe. Pepper notes and raspberry fruit feature in a bouquet that lingers well, has a note of licorice. This is fresh, zingy wine, off we go. It has a little raisin-lees influence – hence it is raw and unfurnished as it stands, but comes in that spirit of style for immediate drinking. The close is grainy, and for the now the finale is a bit clipped, tarred. To 2020 Dec 2015 


pretty, clear red; spiced, jaunty red fruit aroma – notably fragrant red berry, and some licorice. The palate gives loose and easy drinking; rather light body in this. The length is discreet, holds a tiny pocket of gras, and shows sweetness towards the floral finish. This is clear wine. Best to drink solo, or with a simple snack, casse croute. 12.2°. To 2015. March 2012

2009 ()

(from plain of Mercurol, 600-litre oak cask, sugars finished) bright, purple-tinted robe. Hay and wet stone aromas with an overlay of black fruit, tar, also geranium. Lively palate fruit, the shape initially upright, then gras after half way leading to a comfortable finale. It is rounded in shape overall. The taste is like black cherry, the energy in this is good, and there is depth to it – a good, tight, drinkable wine, another w.o.w. performer from the boys. Nov 2009


well-formed bouquet - fruit gums, some depth. Broad, quite full palate, rounded, bigger scale than usual. Some end tannin. Similar to other low acidity years like 2000 and 1997.


soft, red fruit nose; overt pepper, direct red fruit, bit dry at end. Just OK.