In the Syrah / Malbec line-up, all the Northern Rhône Syrahs were from the 2011 vintage, to maximise comparability. The quality of this stood out – against Alain Graillot’s Crozes and Alain Voge’s Cornas. Medium ruby-purple. Deep, rounded nose of plum, mocha, liquorice hints, spice hints, and subtle oak. Raspberry fruit beneath. Savoury. Subtle. Complex. Medium body. Glossier than the Crozes or St. Joseph. Blueberry flavour, coal smoke hints, pepper, and background cinnamon oak notes. Gravelly mineral finish. Long.