Esprit de Blonde is from the steep Le Mollard lieu-dit on the Côte Blonde, where the terraced vines burrow down into gneiss bedrock. In 2020 the blend is 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier, which are co-planted, and then harvested and fermented together. The wine will age for a total of 18 months in new oak barrels. Opaque purple in the glass, the nose is amazingly aromatic and complex, recalling violet and black fruits, with delicate hints of white peach and sweet spice. This is a suave, supple wine, having great depth of flavour and beautiful flesh and volume. Structure is fine-boned, the finish having vitality and persistence (for drinking 2025-2037+).