f we look at the half empty glass - or tank -, frustration, and even sadness, will overwhelm us : historically small yields in France. The lowest of the post-war years. Cellars are empty. Clearly, one has to state that climate hazards, methodically, worked against us this year, in a succession of definitely adverse events : an abnormally cool spring caused frost, then grape shatter, on all of Rhone cépages, and, more particularly, Grenache. This cruel Spring followed up on a dauntingly dry summer… In the end, the yields in juice are tragically affected. The Wine grower’s job becomes tightrope walker’s job… without a net. These realities being called to mind, if we now look at the half full glass - and it is our nature to be optimistic -, the words which will come to me are relief, and even… enthusiasm ! These very challenging conditions indeed gave birth to first juices of so brilliant a Quality as they do better than just console us : they succeed in enticing, the Vignerons and us… !
The vines had naturally little load : they reacted magnificently to the extreme conditions of the year. The plant was able to bring its fruit to maturity, without big constraint, in an optimal way. The Wines promise to be splendidly well-balanced !
Landonne, Lancement, ChavarocheMaturing
12 months in new and one old barrels.
Then 12 months in foudre.
Tronçais – Allier
100% not destemmed
Extreme ripeness, phenomenal concentrations. And, yet, no imbalance, but, on the contrary, a distinct nobility... Future superlative Classic !
Serine, Syrah : 100 %
La Revue du Vin de France , 17,5/201 , 2019-08-31
Opaque ruby. Deeply pitched, mineral-accented aromas of blackberry, cherry pie and violet are complemented by a suave suggestion of exotic spices. Sappy and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining black/blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors and a subtle hint of salty olive. Finishes sweet, seamless and extremely long, displaying sharply delineated mineral and floral pastille notes and steadily building tannins.
Vinous , 94-95/100 , 2019-08-01
Deep, bright-hued violet. Vibrant blackberry, cherry, incense and smoky mineral aromas are complemented by an exotic spice accent. Offers palate-staining black/blue fruit liqueur flavors that show excellent depth. Hints of star anise and olive paste build in the glass. Sweet, spicy and seamless on the long, incisive finish, which echoes the blue fruit note and is given framework by sneaky, harmonious tannins. (33% whole clusters)
Vinous , 92-93/100 , 2019-08-01
A blend of three Côte Brune terroirs, La Landonne, Lancement and Chavaroche, that spends 12 months in new and year-old barrels, then a further year in foudre. Gorgeous smoky black olive and charred rosemary nose. Not super concentrated, but so drinkable, dynamic and complex, with an intense lifted freshness, vibrant acid line and fine-grained tannins.
Decanter , 96/100 , 2019-04-17