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Syrah (late 1980s) from sanded granite & gneiss soils, hand harvested, destemmed, pre-fermentation cooling, 3-4 week vinification, 67% oak cask, 33% vat raised 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, "drink with roast beef, oven cooked chicken, creamy Saint Marcellin cheese", 18-32,000 b

2015 ()

(casks/vat) dark red robe. The bouquet gives a red meat fullness, with a hover of blueberry fruit, some grilling and licorice. The palate bears smoke and oak-infused black fruits that travel with a cool trail. The fruit becomes compressed towards the finish, as the oak heightens its intensity. There is a fine, suave presence in the texture, and the cut on the fruit is an asset. 13.5°. 18,000 b. GB £17.99 Matthew Clark. US$47 The Sorting Table. From 2019. 2027-28 Oct 2016

2013

dark red; has a rather concentrated, essence of blackberry aroma, ink spots in it, but just a shade tough perhaps. The palate is direct, holds clear black fruit with stiff tannins alongside. It has quite a full finish: needs 12-15 months to assemble further. A solid St Jo, a little arm’s length. 12.5°. €10.50 ex cellars. From spring 2016. 2020-21  Jan 2015

2010 ()

(final assemblage, pre-bottling) dark robe; sweetly noted, soft blackberry air – a rounded, inviting nose that is a bit less St-Jo-specific than the palate. The fruit is somewhat saline on the palate, and has the 2010 clarity; shows the northern St Jo zone snap, and there is a good central focus, is a typical St-Jo. It drinks well, is very correct and has the characteristic freshness of 2010. Rather powdery tannins take up the finish. Very ensemble as a wine. From mid-late 2010 to allow the later stages to infuse. 2018-19 Nov 2011

2009

(casks) dark plum colour; Sweetly brewed airs – there is reduction here, so it is not open and out. For now, gives a light air of blackberry. Similarly gummy fruit on the palate – this is a grounded wine with enclosed tannins, a baked nature late on. From 2012. The content is pretty sound, the tannins are ripe as well. The fruit isn't that fresh. Traditional style Saint-Joseph – decant this. From 2011-2017. Nov 2010