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Syrah 65% from granite soils on Aubert (1970s), 35% from La Roue (1899, 1930s), at St-Jean-de-Muzols, whole bunch fermentation, pre-fermentation crop cooling 4-5 days at 10-12°C, 25 day vinification, twice daily pumping overs, some cap punching, aged 0-30% new 400-litre oak casks, 70-100% 3-4-5 year old 400-litre oak casks 11-13 months, 3,150-4,000 b

2017 ()

(casks) dark red robe; the bouquet has a meaty, savoury aspect, with stewed red fruits and musky flowers lurking behind. It’s a southern sector wine in feel. The palate presents gently spiced red fruit content, has tannins that are still rather strident, carry a vegetal note in them, perhaps stems having been included here. The finish rests on that grainy texture, so leave until 2021. It has some cool local integrity. 2030-32 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark robe. The nose shows a mix of blackberry, maybe loganberry jam and a note of rubber, is downhome. The palate has a savoury style, wells up with juicy black fruits, carries a minted, menthol run towards the finish. It has a grounded, nicely traditional nature, the tannins slightly rugged. 13°. 3,150 b. From mid-2018. 2023-24 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) dark colour. The nose is wide, involves blackberry fruit with a light note of iris, violets. There is a latent and appealing saltiness. It has lift and charm. The palate bears crunchy, interesting black fruits with good ripeness and a saucy lilt as that vintage sweetness finely kicks in. This suggest the southern St Jo sector via its effortless finesse. The finish is rounded, the tannins carrying a little powdered crunch. From mid-2018. STGT Saint-Joseph, has real accuracy of place. 13.5°. 4,000 b. €12.50 export. 2026-28 Oct 2016

2014

(casks) dark colour; the bouquet has an inky oiliness, layers of black cherry fruit with a hint of scented flowers, licorice. The attack is tasty, offers blackberry fruit with a simple, good hearted succulence. This is easy to like, is a good restaurant wine, with a little flair beyond the friendly fruit. The finish draws into a note of mineral cut. It drinks well now, with a calm assurance. 12.5°. €15.60 export. 2020-21  Oct 2015 

2012

(casks) dark, sleek robe. Blueberry, blackberry fruit air, a sense of hillside iron and stones, a bonny floral hover, licorice present. The palate gives acetate, taut moments along the palate; the cassis fruit has that rather Spartan nature. This needs 15 months post bottling to work out its real nature. The fruit is pretty shapely overall, presents a clear face. From mid-2015, and airing it would be helpful. 12.5°. €17 at the cellars, 3,600 b. 2019-20  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark red. Savoury, chicken stock air backed by mulled raspberries, a note of polished leather, a nutty angle. The palate debut is stiff, still very much on its raising, the acidity moving around. The fruit is crisp, direct. It lacks charm, a true comfort zone. Tight acidity lines the gums. Raw goods here. There is a floral hint on the aftertaste. From mid-2014. 2018-19  Nov 2012

2010

(casks) inky, full robe. Bovril, beef stock, prune-black jam blackberry air that keeps rolling well; it is a little shadowy, a little foxy. The palate has a well-filled black fruit charge; this is all en jeunesse and brut, no manipulation wine, close to the soil. It is dry late on, but the gras richness is deep set. Traditional, veritable St Jo with a minmum of pretension, and it reminds me of St Jean de Muzols (tasted blind) with its dark, speckly fruits. Has character, and flaws – the dryness, yeast. From late 2012. To 2016-17 Nov 2011

2009

has a good, lustrous, full red robe with purple tints. A smoked bacon, vibrant blackberry aroma comes with smoky, rocky notes, raspberry touches. This drinks coolly and well, has a real off the granite texture and cut all through it. Red fruits – mulberry – lie at its heart. It ends with grip, a firm close, is young, and bears local character. 12.5°. 2030-32 Sept 2019  Previously Nov 2011 **** good full red with purple to boost it. There is good glow in the mulled berry fruit aroma, blackberry with a fine layer of vanilla, a touch of earth and game bulk it out, add foundation. One or two floral airs circulate, also. The berry fruit on the attack is entwined with tannin that threads through it, taking on a pebble dash, grainy texture after half way, the youth of it apparent there. There is good “darkness” in the fruit, has a licorice intensity. Good, typical southern zone Saint-Joseph, is a natural, non-technical wine; the crisp, granite style fruit has splashes of leather in it. Genuine wine, sound balance. Reduction grows after 2 hours open. Day 2: more tarry on the nose. 12.5°. 2021-23 Nov 2011 Previously Nov 2010 **** (casks) bright, full, dark robe. There is a grace and a sense of purpose on the nose that offers well formed black fruit – the bouquet breathes harmony. Round and entertaining black fruit; its good, ripe tannins are thoroughly installed, so the finish is round and complete. A good package, with local feel. STGT wine. The juice in the fruit runs well to the line. Bingo – close to ready. To 2020-22 Nov 2010

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED – crop in the 2008 TERROIR DE GRANIT

2007 ()

largely full red robe. Nice creamy, broad aroma, has a good touch of sweet black fruit, sweet tea in it. Supple, nice and wide palate with a sound in-fill of black fruit. Length is OK. Ends on licorice, rounded notes. Is nearly there – from spring 2010. Ends nice and freshly. Good local wine, has made progress. 2014-15 Dec 2009 Previously Dec 2008 **(*) quite a bright red with black traces; blackberry fruit aroma with game airs and a little damp leaf about it. The palate black fruit has a marked spine – an austere, straight nature. Violet and mocha combine on the aftertaste, the end is chewy. From spring 2010. Bottled 3 weeks ago. 13°. To 2017. Dec 2008