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The Wines

mainly 1900s Syrah on Combe, plus Sauman (2002), T├ęzier (1930s), Les Eygas (some 1940s+), 60% destemmed, 15-20 day fermentation in a large new oak barrel, pumping overs, cap punching, aged in same new oak barrel 13 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2006 (1,000+ b), then 2009, 2010, 2001, 2012, and more recently, 300-608 b


only two casks of this, 608 b: dark red, black tints in the robe. Has a scaled, rather opulent nose, perfumed and smooth it is. Ripe blackberry is central to it. The palate eases along with pedigree, silky feel, presents fine tuned fruit then a mound of ripe tannin. Stéphane should be raising this longer – that is my cry – there’s unfinished business – that would extend it, and give it more structure. It has a polished make-up, with enough tannin to support the close. It’s not €79 of wine, though. 13.5°. 608 b. 2039-42 Dec 2019


dark red, black tinted robe. Notes of bacon fat, plump blackberry, glistening fruit line the bouquet, a hint of mulberry: it’s a solid opening, with more to come. The palate mixes oak and plush content, black fruits, gras richness, the texture suave. This goes long on some intrinsic power, is another Southern style Cornas, is ample, rather a man mountain. There’s plenty here. It needs cellar management, tracking to decide on the good moment to drink it, maybe when eight years’ old. Allow until 2022. 14° is high enough. 2035-37 Dec 2018