This is what I would dub the flagship bottling of the estate, from the steep and secluded oasis known as les Picaudières. In 2016, it is once again a knockout success in precision, poise, and muscly 100+ year old vine depth, representing the very best of the finessed and moderate 2016 vintage. This could serve as an exhibit A of Northern Rhone Syrah classicism, and I have every confidence that this will be a long lived and tremendous bottle to follow. Its commanding palate presence is built on its other-than-fruit stuffing, the old vine substance is undeniably driving the show. This is, alongside the 2015, as good as it gets. I posit that the combo of 2015 and 2016 will be looked upon simliarly to the legendary 1990/1991 combination. Do not pass this up…..BRAVO STÉPHANE! Now that John Livingstone Learmonth has also chimed in, completely echoing my sense of just how damn good this is, I hope that you are convinced that this is one to load up on while the gettin’ is good. This will go the distance and then some……CASE BUYS HERE!! A little * awarded here.
“Dark red, black tints. This has a great bouquet, a real buzzy tone to it, smoky bacon, cool black berry fruits, Indian tea, lead pencil. The palate gives a rocky fissure stream of black fruits with stylish, cool elegance, and extremely refined fruits. It lengthens with a serene, poised display of cool fruits. This is a long way ahead of most of the southern plain sector Crozes wines. It’s right up there with the noble granite wines of the right bank. Total STGT wine here, an ace in the pack. 13°. 4,000 b. From mid-2019. 2027-29 Nov 2017” Five Stars John Livingstone Learmonth
“Deep ruby. Expressive red and blue fruit, cola and Indian spice aromas, joined by a sexy potpourri quality as the wine opens up. Sweet, energetic blueberry and cherry flavors show excellent clarity and spicy lift, picking up a smoky mineral nuance on the back half. Delivers a serious punch of sappy dark fruit but comes off surprisingly lithe and finishes with impressive, mineral-driven persistence.” 92 Josh Raynolds