Jean-Louis Ferran’s grandson Gilles assumed control of this top notch Domaine in 1999 after working alongside his father for several vintages. Gilles works closely with his good friend and ubiquitous Southern Rhone consultant, Philippe Cambie. A 100% Syrah, the Haut Granges stands out from the outset with a magnificent colour – midnight black purple with a deep dark purple black tinged hue. The nose features liquorice and smoky clove over some black cherry, meat and spice notes. Full bodied and richly concentrated with explosive flavours of black cherries and liquorice overlaid by subtle clove; smoked meats in the background with nuances of black pepper present on the finish. Firm tannin structure provides the necessary support for this concentrated effort. Superb length with a long persistent aftertaste of black cherries, liquorice, smoked meats and spicy pepper. A richly textured Rhone delight that will cellar 6-8 years.