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northern zone from Limony, Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf, Chavany, Félines, oldest vines 1944, most 1990s on, 50% destemmed, 3 week vinification, 40% fermented in new oak vat, 60% vat at up to 28°C (reduced), pumping overs, only a few cap punchings, aged 50% new oak (until mid-2000s was all new oak, then 70% new oak until early 2010s), 50% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks 18 months (until mid-2000s was 23 months), unfined, unfiltered, 20,500 b

2017 ()

(casks) dark robe. The nose has an iodine, black cherry aroma, blueberry also; the fruit is pure, expressive, clear. It’s a nose of authority, delivers a hint of the south, black olives. This attacks well, links closely to the nose, runs with stylish black berry fruits and builds depth as it goes, in a classical manner. This is a leading 2017 St Jo that holds tasty and fluid black fruits and refined tannins that add a layer or two. 13°. From 2021. 2040-42 GB £268 (est) per 12 b i/bond H2Vin quintessentially@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 073 6655 Nov 2018

2015

shiny dark red. Has a wholesome, immediate nose, offers red cherry and raspberry which prolongs well, has a soft, floral top note. The palate is tight, quietly concentrated, bears red fruits with nerve, mineral, grip, extends surely, freshly, comes with a clock of late rockiness. This is knuckled, intricate wine that needs time – from mid-2018 at least. 2034-36 Nov 2016 GB £268 12 b in bond H2Vin www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 478 7376

2013 ()

(casks) dark robe. Has a supple black fruit aroma, shows a cassis fruit pastille quality, also licorice. The palate bears a rather concentrated black jam, blackberry flavour, tucks in well on the orderly, slightly reserved finish. The fruit is wavy, has a tasty nature. Easy to drink, a joli vin. From late 2015. 12.7°. 2028-30 GB £121/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015 Previously Nov 2014  (casks) ***(*) bright, sound red robe. Raspberry-led, bonny abundance bouquet that has a little road tar and a nutty graininess from the oak. The palate offers a bonny wave of black fruit, has quiet tannins that are well registered inside the wine; it ends clearly. It could have a bit more soul, but is good. Has a fresh length. 13°. From mid-2016. £238 12b i/b H2Vin www.H2Vin.co.uk orders@H2Vin.co.uk 2026-28 Nov 2014

2012 ()

(casks) dark, purple rimmed robe. Crunchy nose that shows its raising right now, a brisk bustle of black berry within. The nose is oily and ripe, gives plenty of licorice. The palate moves forward sleekly and ripely; there is definite intensity in its fruit, a black cherry, and a gradual firm increase in depth from its tannins. Still in the cellar. A touch of late fragrance comes along. This can fuse well, has fine fruit. From mid-2015. 2027-29. £220 12 b in bond GB, H2Vin.  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark colour. Roasted-toasted, oak and pine needle air in an oily setting. Its black cherry fruit is modern, also shows beef stock. Its ripeness is accentuated, rather full-on. The palate is wide, constructed. There is lots of juice in its fruit, which handles its oak – expect it all to be a sound fit around 2015. The oak gives a charred intensity on the finish, and could come with a lighter touch. Charcoal and prune feature on the aftertaste, which is young. This is deep wine that needs time. From 2015. 2025-27  Nov 2012

2010

dark red; tar-licorice, blackberry fruit in an abundant nose, is ripe, full and wide. The palate links well to the nose, showing a squeezy berry fruit, blackberry and prune, with an enticing floral, light spice thread. Good length, finishes with a flourish, plenty of scented fruit as it closes. Rather striking wine, whose tannins need 18 months more. 2028-31. 13°. £29-32 in GB. Nov 2012  Previously Dec 2011 **** (casks) dark, full robe; ripely fruited, oily cross-glass aroma – prune, blackberry fruits with a mulled ripeness, also grilled pork, oak toast. It will evolve to damp woods in time. The palate gives a tasty, gushing experience, a roll of black cherry, blackcurrant that is amiable, rounded all through. Good attack, with a fine tune licorice in its cassis blackcurrant fruit. Light late notes of grain and tannin; the aftertaste has floral traces, is calm. Clean drinking wine when young, an easy do. 2024-26 Dec 2011

2007

a full, beckoning robe; the nose is generous – leads with raspberry fruit, is well set. This is beau vin – has lots of black fruit coursing through its veins, and a little granite clarity and restraint at the end. It is good from the robe to the finish, with lots of juice and appeal in it. The length is good – the fruit is always there. “Keeping half the stems helps its minerality,” F.Villard. 2022-24. €28 at the cellar, very good, but high for a Saint-Joseph. Nov 2009

2006 ()

(casks) dark robe with some brightness at this young moment; The nose carries black berry fruit and a little violet – is rope, without going too far. The palate holds measured black fruits, suggesting the St-Jo northern zone (tasted blind). Has a sound mid-palate, and is quite rich all through. Ends on a little toasting/oaking. The length is correct. From 2009. There isn't bad structure in this. 2020-22 Dec 2007

2005

dark robe; oaked, crunchy, black fruit and olives in a pretty full bouquet. Intense style of black fruit on palate, with some round matter late on. Length is correct. Oak and overt volume here. Must be left two+ years = 2009 on. 2022-24 Nov 2006

2003 ()

dark, purple robe; oily bouquet - black fruits/olives, southern. Modern style black fruit, all nice and clean, then comes an oak influence that lends dryness. Plenty of black fruit core, is rich. Don't touch till 2008. 2021-23

2002

dark wine. Oak/mint domination on nose, some pepper and depth. Sinewed black fruit, peppery also. Oak in control. Rather techno: the problem to decide is if there is enough matter for the oak. 2006 on. 2014-16 Dec 2004 Previously ** (cask) solid, peppery black fruit. Tight-knit black fruit, cool end texture. Chunky in a low-key scale. Fair. 2012-14

2001 ()

(cask) sappy black fruit/pistacchio bouquet, fair depth. Good, oily black fruit, peppery cassis start. Tasty, good tannic presence. Live wine, can go on since contains good fruit. 2020-22

2000 ()

start of nice, damp, oily bouquet, raspberry hint. Stylish black fruit, warm texture. Leathery side coming along. Tannin pops up at end. Interesting from 2005. 2010-12 Previously ** lot of ripe fruit, smoky bacon/oak nose; fair amount of dark fruit inside the oak overlay. Not easy to drink. 2008-09

1997 ()

bouquet classic grilled; dry texture on palate, although some roundess apparent. Reduced, needs air to free it up.

1996

100% new oak comes as a shock - overlays the young wine. Pungent aroma, plum fruit presence on palate. Not sure how much richness, so oak poses an evident challenge. To 2010-12?