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own vineyard Syrah (1996-2010) near the domaine, destemmed, 3-week vinification, cap punching, aged 3-4 year old 580-litre oak casks 6-11 months, 26-35,000 b

2014

dark, bright red robe. The nose is on the up, peppery, lifted, with raspberry and blackberry. The palate runs directly with pepper prominent. Licorice and herbs show on the finish. This is fresh, workmanlike St Jo that needs food. It narrows down towards the end. From mid-2016. 13°. Bottled Apr 2015: “it was already round after six months raising – and didn’t need another six months as usual,” Stéphane Montez. To 2020 Oct 2015

2010

rather full red robe, appealing. The nose has a soft centre, is scented, shows red jam and some licorice to spice it, waken it; the image of ripe, small dark berries comes to mind. The palate shows more power than the nose, wild hedge fruits start it off, comes with a bristle of acidity, the finish not yet shapely. There are spiced, pine influences in its red fruit, some late heat. Drink from late 2014 – it needs to round that finish. Decant this. 13°. 2022-24  Oct 2012

2006 ()

red with black traces. Prune, mostly violet in the aroma, also simmered red berries. The palate holds red stone fruits with bright appeal to them; the fruit persists, and gains a gummy, toffee side towards the finish. It ends on an oaked roundness. There is acidity to move this along. From spring 2009 for less oak – this is apparent on the final third of the palate for now. Not that deep, but is OK. 13°. 2015-16 June 2008