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from 1990 Syrah on Les Rivoires, half destemmed, 21-24 day steel vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 30% new, 70% used oak 18 months (since 2008 reduced from 24 months), unfined, unfiltered, 7,000 b, first wine 1998

2010 ()

(casks) dark, oily, shiny robe. Compact , mineral-linked air, centred on black fruit with a touch of truffle and earthiness under it, also pepper and cocoa. The roll of black fruit on the palate has a crisp side, and a good, firm line of tannin as its spine. It ends on tar, licorice tannin – firmly. Good structure here. From spring 2013; the finish will be softer around 2015-16.  2019-20  Nov 2011

2009

(casks) matt robe, quite dark red. Brewed, gummy black fruits nose that is wide and not closely definable – resembles ripe, mulled raspberry maybe. The palate carries gummy, reductive black fruit – a wine that coats the palate, has a solid presence, especially after half way, ending fully. The fruit isn`t live, but has a ripe potential. Decant this. Smoky bacon aftertaste. Food such as lamb ideal. From 2012 spring. €19 at the cellar. 2019-20 Nov 2010

2007

(casks) bright, quite dark robe; a black jam aroma has a soft layering; this has a supple blackberry air, while oak circles it on the outside. The palate holds a black jam flavour laced with a little mint and violet taste. It ends on the tar of its oak for now. Patience best for this overtly oaked St Jo – it can fuse, so leave until mid-2010. 2014-16 March 2009

2006

(casks) black in the red robe; slightly edgy nose – varnish, “polished” black cherry in a modern, me-too style – nuts and oak in behind – there are questions to answer here. Cellar-provoked intensity in the black fruits on the palate – the fruit empties out early, and leaves a dry, oaked finish. It is taut, and unless the oak integrates, it will be a shifty so and so. Excess oak at the heart of the matter here. Try in mid-2009, and cross fingers on its behalf. 2014-15 Dec 2007

2005 ()

very dark; black fruit carries a mineral tang from its oak, the fruit has been picked notably ripe. Black berry fruit on palate, with good continuity. Well-structured wine, the tannins are ripe and arrive on time. Mineral towards the finish. Good flow in this, has a nice local feel. Esp 2008 on. STGT wine. 2014-16 Nov 2006

2003 ()

full robe. full, also peppery nose. Palate has plenty of black fruit with a sweet side, is full and tasty. Good length. Beau vin in the traditional mould, tannins are ripe. Esp late 2006 on. 2011-12 March 2005

2002 ()

some density on the bouquet, is well-knit. Brewed fruit that gains some bite on the finish, shows a coffee style tightening. Some warmth here. Esp 2006 on. Is a little out of balance, but drinks OK. 2009-10 March 2005 Previously (cask) cooked fruit, mid-weight nose; plum fruit flavour, decent amount, fair length. 9-10 yr wine.

2001

(cask) southern, garrigue, olive/nuts nose; sustained black flavour, strong/upright. OK tannins. 2008 on. 2014-15

2000

scented strawberry, elegant aroma; reserved, elegant jam flavour, pretty. From 2006. Bit dry end. 2011-13