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100% Syrah (1994, 2000) from sand-granite, gore soils at Crozes-Hermitage, whole bunch fermentation, pumping overs, aged used 600-litre oak casks 11-15 months, unfined, unfiltered, often the first vineyard harvested, only occasionally made, 1999, 2000, 2001, then 2016, 2017, 2018, 1,600 b

2018 ()

inky robe; the bouquet has inner strength, a persistent air of black cherry, bacon fat, violet. The palate has a determined, knit make-up, a coil of compact matter, only a small release of black fruit juice, the end firm, really tight. This is mini-Hermitage, a lot to study and get into. It’s high quality, the fruit is expressive and stylish, while the tannins are serene, with noble squeeze in them, the exit on menthol. It’s very good, STGT Crozes, a striking Crozes it is. “It has a lot of nerve, menthol, is one of my favourite 2018s” F Ribo. Decant it. From 2022. 2040-42 Nov 2019 Previously Nov 2018 **** ((used 600-litre oak cask) dark, shiny red robe; The nose has an intense dark-fruited aroma, with bosky airs, black cherry fruit, acetate. It has potential, is a solid start, plenty in it. The palate gives a good wave of black fruits, cherries, is savoury, the gras sexy, tasty. It delivers good, late grip, is well founded, has a de le terre depth. Good length, balance, promise here. “It’s dynamic, not flabby, too soft,” François Ribo. 2033-35 Nov 2018