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purchased Syrah crop from northern and southern sector, granite soils, destemmed, cold maceration then 20 day vinification, cap punching, pumping overs, steel vat raised 12 months, fined, filtered, 44-80,000 b

2018

clear, dark red robe, black at the centre. The bouquet has a sweet note, bears a black cherry aroma that lingers, holds a soft floral side, a hint of iron, gives an inviting juiciness. The palate also expresses well, with refined fruit and calm tannins that bring a gentle additional layer late on. There is a thread of mineral from granite soils deftly running through it, with oak late on. This is clear, modern St Jo, suited to modern cuisine, and bistrot, wine bar drinking with tapas and similar dishes. From spring 2020, but Parisians will love this now. 14°. 67,000 b. 2030-32 Nov 2019

2017 ()

dark red colour. The nose is reduced, so air it beforehand. There is a good mix of prompts, including blackberry and mulberry in coulis form, hints of violets. The palate commences with a line of iron, which gives it a cool tenor. It is flanked by enjoyable black fruits with good energy in their delivery. The tannins are a little on the outside still, have a slight pointed nature. This works well on giving pretty fresh drinking, is ideal wine bar, bistrot drinking, w.o.w. wine. It is bottled already. 13.5°. From spring 2019. 2030-31 Dec 2018

2015

dark red robe. The nose is sleekly fruited, with a sweet centre to its blackberry fruit pastille aroma, a hint of oak. The palate bears a black pepper, spiced start with some crunchy black fruit in behind, the crunch from tannins that push forward early on. It’s in a raw state for now, and needs until spring 2018 to fuse further. I find it a bit overdone on the cellar work, and the aftertaste has a dry leaning from that. 14°. 44,000 b. €18 at the cellars. 2023-25 Oct 2016

2014 ()

proper dark red robe. The bouquet has an oily, swirling quality, gives an aroma of coulis, compact fruit with crushed nutshells from its oak raising, tea leaves also. The palate starts on raspberry fruit that develops a marked line of freshness as it goes. There is a cool aspect to this, with a dentelle, clear finish as well. It is a direct wine in style, suited to grilled foods. From mid-2016. 2020-21  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

healthy shine in a dark robe. Has a compact blackberry aroma, good and deep, with a trimming of smoke, leather. The palate accentuates the inner punch of the vintage with demanding tannins, that bring a craggy, chalky element to the wine. It is long, and unmade as yet. Traditional in nature, is a slow developer. The fruit basis is black berry, and licorice shows on the aftertaste. It needs to assemble quite disparate parts, so leave until spring 2017. €17 at the cellars. 2025-26  Jan 2015

2012

rather dark. Black pepper, gramite thrust on the nose, a wee vegetal note also. The bouquet is racy, pretty uncomplicated. The palate involves a chocolate, black raisin, gritty flavouring. It tightens markedly. Upright wine that is stiff for now. It is a coolly noted 2012, one that will please Northern European palates especially. Drinks with grills. From late 2014. 2019-20 Nov 2013

2011

dark robe, has a bright centre. The blackberry aroma is oily and appealing, is clean-cut, shows a sparkling licorice note, and has a spot of sweetness, a crème de Dijon note. The attack is lightly peppered, deals in black stone fruit. It takes on a good, mineral infusion towards the finish, running well to the line. There is life in this aromatic wine – it isn’t profound, but is easy to appreciate, will do well in the restaurant trade. 13°. 2017-18  Nov 2012

2010

(casks, assembled to be bottled Dec 2011 or Jan 2012) respectably full robe; friendly black fruit, aromatic bouquet that delivers black fruit jelly or jam, raspberry airs. The palate runs on soft, sweet black fruit with gradual tightening, has the charm of 2010 on its attack, and a precise persistence, has a light touch. Charm is the word. Good wine that is w.o.w., and would be lovely in the restaurant trade, the CHR Café Hotel Restaurant. From mid-2012. 2017-18 June 2011

2009

red, black tints. Harmonious nose that is not showing greatly today – suggests southern zone red fruit with goudron or rubber/tar notes. Soft, sound departure for the palate – red jam that is a bit reductive, but has potential. It ends firmly but roundly enough. A wine that emphasizes elegance, but one that finishes a shade dry, short for the present. Decant this. From mid-2011. Will be reliable value around 2013, esp in restaurants. 2017-18 Nov 2010

2008 ()

easy red, not that deep. Green, crackly black pepper aroma, red fruit inside that outer; but it is angular, has vegetal airs. Modest start to palate; its black fruit has a fresh lining, and only a little depth. May gain a shade in the bottle – say from mid-2010 – but is light wine, and close to needing food rather than being drunk solo. Spaghettis etc OK. 13°. To 2013. Dec 2009

2007

full dark red, a little black. Sappy, full fruit, damp forest, animal airs that have reduction present, some “high” fruit. Mulled fruits start the palate – black berries, prunes. Some mid-palate fat runs into a tight, rather sudden finale. Food is best with this, given its dryish end. From spring 2009. It drinks OK now, given its early palate fat. To 2013. Dec 2008

2006

the robe is quite dark, with a black core to it. The bouquet has a hazelnut top note, more so than its 06 comrade the red Crozes Les Launes. The fruit is very ripe, with a touch of cocoa in the taste, and bears no secrets. The palate black fruit has some tannic lining that gives it a little nerve, nice and clear, with richness present within. Holds good length, with some tannic crispness late on. Drinks OK now, though its tannins will be softer by the late summer or autumn of 2008. Approachable wine. 2013-15 Jan 2008

2005 ()

quite dark. Stinky nose – sulphur for now, with black fruit behind it. Fair richness on palate; there is a sweet tone to the fleshy flavour, but this is not a very deep wine. From 2008. Decant it. 2012-14 Nov 2006

2004

quite bright red. Low profile, slightly spiced nose, no real depth. Cool texture to palate, the middle shows some black fruit, tannin. It is a bit severe, taut, from the vintage and crop ripening difficulties. Lacks genuine follow-through. 2009 April 2006

2003 ()

macerated black fruits, some cut on aroma. Chewy, wooded wine, mixes raspberry, blackberry. Early on it rasps, after three hours is softer, more commercial. Tarry aftertaste. 2006 on. 2015-16 Dec 2004

2002

pepper, floral refinement, airy charm on bouquet. Likeable, clear black stone fruit palate, has balanced elements, good length. Some end tannin. Subtlety of southern zone. 2005-06 on. 2014-15 Dec 2004 Previously Nov 2003 (vat/cask mix) *** some wild fruit/leather, just ripe berry; interesting texture, bilberry, good cut. Correct, dryish end.

2001 ()

black fruit/fungal tones on bouquet. Prominent, elegant black fruit, skips a beat. Spiced end, fair width. Peppery edges. 2008-09

2000 ()

bit plain bouquet, rather sweet. Raspberry flavour, agreeable enough, some juice in it. Red fruit finish.

1999

round, stewed red fruit, plums; compact, friendly, round wine, animal finish, nice length. 2005-07