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The Wines

1990-1995 Syrah from semi-granite soils on plateau at Limony, with 0.2 hectare at Peaugres, destemmed, 3 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refillings, aged 2-year 228-litre oak casks (until mid-2010s was new-4 year 228-litre oak casks) 12 months, fined, filtered, “drink young, easy access wine for the restaurant trade, up from 30-35,000 b to 60,000 b

2017

dark red; cassis bud, blackberry aroma, black fruit gums, carries sunshine. The palate is compact, sealed, a bit piano, has oaking that adds a sheen to it. The palate gives spiced notes, a firm lining of black fruits, with a spur of late freshness. This is sound St Jo, pretty ready now. 13.5°. From spring 2020 if you like. 2025-26 Dec 2019

2016

quite a dark red; there are inky notes on the nose, moss on a stone – it has a nice connection to the land. The palate drinks well, with pinpoint fruits that have cut, clarity. Tinkle goes the bell in this easy table wine. It extends roundly. It’s nice and easy to drink, is there now. 13°. 2025-26 Dec 2019

2015 ()

dark robe, shiny. The bouquet offers neat lines of black fruits, which hold well. The palate runs with direct purpose, has mineral notes, some style in the richness, reflects the good vintage. The finish keeps going nicely, is getting in right shape now. The tannins are gradually entering it well. There is good life in this, a little iodine on the sign-off. 13.5°. 2026-27 Dec 2019

2014

dark red. The nose gives a sprinkling of powdery dust, red fruits, is a little spread out just now, has a hint of reduction. There is a floral and peppery angle to it as well. The palate is peppery, has a rocky-vegetal thread, with clipped red fruit inside. This lives a little on its nerves, so try from mid-2017 for a still fresh, but more settled, wine. 12.5°. 30,000 b. €14. 2021-22 Oct 2015 

2010 ()

sombre red; grilled, smoked red berry fruit with a note of the forest and autumn in it - a traditional start from a wide bouquet. The palate carries the wild woods, floral scent of the hills here, its berry fruit well-juiced at its centre. It is scented, fine, long. Strong local appeal, STGT wine. The fruit keeps a strong presence, and the gummy tannins help to build the finish. Can decant. From mid-2013. 13°. £18.35 in GB. 2021-22.  Nov 2012

2008

British Post Office red, thorough robe. The nose is precise – small berries, cassis airs. The palate also offers clear fruit with mild licorice tannin within. It lengthens OK, is very drinkable, but just a touch dry at the end. From spring 2010. To 2014. Nov 2009

2007 ()

full robe; berry fruits emerge ion an easy aroma, come with a prune air, too. The palate fruit is pretty – supple, round and passepartout – can take it anywhere. The tannins are supple. Very textured, but has acidity. This is w.o.w. wine. 2011-12 March 2009

2002 ()

(casks) pretty matter, fair fruit, charm. Decent drop in a low key vein.

2001

gamey, slightly high bouquet; prune, elegant, good fruit foundation through it, but air toughens/tightens it.

2000

black fruit/pepper, quite deep nose; cool blackberry fruit, tasty. More stewed, heavier, then fades a bit with air.