John Livingston /drinkrhone.com:
1)Combard (3 year 228-litre cask) Raspberry liqueur, free wheeling aroma that is curvy and appealing. This has quiet inner strength beyond its musky, sultry perfumed red fruit; it gains intensity towards the finish. Good, interesting. 18 years.
2)Coteaux de Tupin (new 228-litre cask) There’s a singe of oak with red cherries inside the bouquet. The palate also has inner steel, muscle, with red fruits, lozenges present, and a notably firm close. This is chunky in its pure way, the tannins inside are tight. [November 2017]
1) Combard (steel vat) The nose is bright, has verve, sweet herbs, thyme. The palate is soft and squeezy, is plush, holds well woven tannins. The length is good. This is good heart for the wine. 2) Coteaux de Tupin (steel vat) There is nice crunch on the nose, which is deep and promising. The palate is good and tight, rather muscular, and also holds rocky, powdered, serious tannins. It is long, too. There is good gras at its centre. This has potential. [October 2016]