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100% 1970s Syrah from Les Pierrelles, whole bunch 3 week fermentation, pumped over, aged 2-3-4-year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, first wine 2009 (aged 50% new, 50% 1-2 year oak), nearly all for Kermit Lynch in California, 600 b

2018 ()

very dark; the bouquet sits firmly in the glass, assembles loganberry, Morello cherry fruit that is discreetly sweet, well defined overall. There are notes of red meat droplets, an iron sense. The palate is reserved on the attack, and requires time to come forward. The fusion of its parts will increase its depth. It has a Hermitage manliness on the second half, the tannins ripe but still forward, hence evident. It can grow to **** if you are patient. From 2023-24 by necessity. 2043-45 Feb 2020  £187/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2010 ()

dark-tinted, sober red robe. Has a strong coffee, cocoa first air with extras such as coconut, some blackberry fruit, raspberry, smoke: the nose shows restraint. This is a compact, neat package; it has mineral, fine grain touches and extends nice and safely, ending its journey on an up, crisp-flint note. A discreet, quiet Hermitage that needs two to three 3 years to extend and amplify its finish – it can achieve that. 13°. 2030-32  Dec 2012

2009 ()

the nose leans towards the south with its confirmed, rather ample red fruits, also bears oaked airs and some lightness of touch from violets. The palate has commendable freshness, what I would term a limestone influence in it, it zaps along. The fruit I find typically eastern end, rather escapist, and lacking the grandeur of the full granite. It is a sympa, feminine style of Hermitage, just bottled. Hence I expect more grounding in it from 2013. 2033-36 July 2011 Previously June 2010 ****(*) (cask) very dark; has the abundance of the year on the nose – the aroma travels across the glass, is really concentrated around its berries and currants, but there is an elegance with it, a free top air. Great waves of black fruit roll along and through this; it shows a little mineral tightness from half way. Good continuity; it is solid at the end and rich enough to absorb time and the oak. Has a robust start, a fine end where there is a touch of iodine. 2029-32 June 2010