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young Syrah from schist and granite soils at Mauves, planting density 7,000 plants per hectare, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling, 15-18 day open vat vinification, two daily cap punchings, aged old 228-litre, 600-litre casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, 47,000 b

2018 ()

dark red; this has an aroma of stewed red fruits, a gravy, beef stock sideline, plunges into an earthy setting. The palate bears cooked fruit flavours, prunes, a note of dates: the 2018 ripeness in the glass. There is a sound late trail of dark red fruit juice, mulberry, that alleviates it. It finishes on firm, solid tannins that don’t quite place excess demands. This should be left to allow it to loosen. 15°. 46,660 b. €27. From mid-2021, decant it. 2035-37 Nov 2019

2017

mainly black robe; the bouquet shows sun rays via its raspberry liqueur, prune fruit that comes with a note of musky perfume and baking, oaking. The palate is gourmand, fat, bears rich matter with a take-up of ripe, dense tannins before the finish. It has the red, plum-like fruits of the southern sector at its centre. The length, for now, is sustained in part by its oak. It is bottled already. 14°. From mid-2021. 2038-40 Dec 2018

2016 ()

quite a dark robe. The nose has a low-key sweetness in its black fruits, a touch of rosemary and sage. It is going to be well varied with more time. The palate attacks on plump red fruits with a sweet, mild nature, the tannins giving the finish a welcome extra couch of extension. It has a relaxed style, is authentic, will accompany country dishes, pies, stews. 13.5°. From mid-2018. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) shiny dark red robe. The nose is elegant, gives a floating air of violets over a mulberry red berry fruit. There is a hint of red meat. The palate holds sinewed content, wiry in texture, with a cautious red-fruited flavour, all wrapped in a tight frame for now. It’s a little set in on itself, a bit stripped down, and needs a little time to be more generous. 36 hl/ha this year. From 2018. 2026-27 Oct 2016 GB Fine & Rare Wines £243 12 b i/b www.frw.co.uk customerservice@frw.co.uk +44(0)207 089 7400

2014 ()

shiny deep red robe. This has a black olives, biscuity aroma, crushed nutshells in the air, black cherry fruit present. It broods a little. The palate holds live fruit , has narrow flanks, and reaches out under a slightly driven hand from the cellar. The finish shows oak, and for now is rather sudden. From spring 2017 to allow expansion. 13°. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

2 bottles tasted. 1st bottle: dark robe. Comfortable black fruited aroma, but this is corked. Bottle 2: shiny dark red colour. There is a meaty note in a pretty full nose, gives an air of soaked raspberries, a plush note to the fruit. Southern zone wine in style (tasted blind), with supple and assured qualities on the palate, from Mauves perhaps. It is all very tidy, just a touch on the commercial, arm’s length side. It drinks now, offering plenty of immediate flavour. 13°. 2022-24  GB £168/12 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973 www.bbr.com Jan 2015

2012

(casks) dark colour; soaked, oily ripe fruit aroma with liqueur airs, some sweetness from the degree of ripeness, a fat blackcurrant impression is left. The palate is coated, almost plush in style, as if many rays of sun have bombarded the fruit; it shows the ample fullness of the southern zone of St Jo, and after seeing the ID of the wine (tasted blind), it is no surprise to discover that this comes from Mauves. The texture is wavy, oily, the tannins round. It flirts with over the top ripeness, and could have greater cut and restraint – this is a flashy wine. From 2015. 2020-21  Nov 2013

2011 ()

dark colour. Good, full nose led by black cherry with an oily, beef stock, grounded depth and notes of Indian tea. The blackberry fruit runs in a free form along the palate, takes on some crunchy tannin and picks up oak firmness on the finish. Good quality fruit with drive in it – it reaches out pretty well. Plenty to enjoy with grills, roasts. I like its harmony. 13.5°. 36 hl/ha yield this year. From mid-2014. 2020-21  Nov 2012

2010

bright dark red, a jolie robe. The nose gives a gently evolving air of red berries, reduction, and light, musky flowers. It is round, sympa, rather gentle, and can be decanted. The palate presents a neat ball of raspberry fruit, a nuttiness from its oak. It is rather in between youth and maturity. The length is sound, has decent filling. The fruit is clear as it finishes, with the attractive freshness of the vintage. Air enhances its depth, and develops the finish well. This is moving quietly along, taking its time. The late fruit is tasty. 14°. 2022-23 New Year’s Eve, Dec 2014 Previously Feb 2012 ****(*) dark red, black tints. Dashing, exuberant initial berry fruit air – it keeps rolling and rolling, is a real mover, lovely. “Very expressive”, J Coursodon. Bundles of blackberry fruit on the palate, right out there, a w.o.w. wine. It tightens after half way as it should, ripe tannins are attached, and it ends on a smoky firmness, is prolonged at the finish. Perfect for grills, bang on. 14°. 2022-23 Feb 2012

2009 ()

(casks) shiny, dark robe. Dijon crème de cassis, very ripe fruit, prune and “high” fruit such as mulberry airs – a bouquet that seeks to impress. The palate is a rich affair, marked by mature, pliant fruit with oak nutty toasting following its footsteps. The finish is brewed – there are cocoa, tar notes there. A gourmandise style wine – plump, generous, mature, a bit of a fruit bomb, be warned. Herbal notes on the aftertaste, has length. From late 2011. 2017-18 Nov 2010

2008 ()

(5 casks) could be **(*) pale reds in the robes; peppery, upright, nutty aromas, fruit comes with no fireworks. Low-key depth on the palate, some casks are direct, the fruit clear but limited in scope. 8 vats were 12.8° to 13.1°, 2 were 12.1° this year. 8 year wine. Dec 2008

2007 ()

red-black robe; pretty plum fruit, strawberry air with a nut presence also – typical southern zone St-Joseph red fruits. The palate red fruits are forward, have a little agreeable floral sweet trim attached. This drinks well potentially – a wine that can be w.o.w. The texture is pliant, with some late smoky tannic snap. It ends clearly – a wine that is right on the mark – it is an easy drinking, uncluttered St-Joseph. 13.5°. €15 at the domaine. Bottled 1 week. 2013-14 Dec 2008

2006

black plum robe; griottes or soaked cherries charge out on the nose – this is a profound bouquet with some meaty width. There is a touch of high fruit and reduction on the palate. A melted blackberry flavour emerges. There is some black pepper infused into the fruit flavour towards the finish and grippy tannins that make for a crackly last stop. A sip rather than drink wine that one feels has been rather cellar worked. Allow time for it to calm down. 13.5°. 2015-16 Dec 2007

2005

dark robe likely to turn towards a matt tone quite soon; jam aroma – black and red fruits mixed, is southern in tone, with olives and some oiliness. Round, full style of wine, jam with a purpose, has some direct appeal. Clean extraction wine, with good flow. Chocolate aftertaste. From mid-2008. 2015-17 Nov 2006 Previously Dec 2005 *** 8 casks tasted of young vines from different sites, inc some older Syrah: very good fruit in the 2005, black fruits with matter and content, and the site characteristics present, too - the mark of a good vintage. Even the plateau vines bore good, clear fruit and stuffing. Aromas seem sustained. Probably a great drink around mid-2007 with its bursting fruit, and a life of about 7-9 years. Dec 2005

2004

open, red fruits aroma. The palate fruit skips along well, is berried and has nice cut. Acidity is evident but just under control, means it is direct and good to drink now. Clean, zingy finale. Drink 2008 for best fruit. Previously Dec 2005 *** mild red colour. Light red berry fruit jam aroma, sympathique. Easy red fruit start, no real depth at this stage. Length is decent, the fruit persists in a low register. Can broaden and gain some flesh with time. Not a big year, but some possibilities. Bottled Sept 2005. Dec 2005 Previously March 2005 **(*) robe not that deep. Light, easy aroma. Facile, quite rounded palate fruit, an easy access wine. Fruit lasts OK. 2010-11

2003 ()

full robe; brewed, sweet-tinged bouquet. Sappy, rather overdone fruit on palate, low acidity so flops a little. Reasonable length now, but can extend with time. Warm jam is everything, so one-dimensional. 2006 on. 2012-13

2002

quite elegant wild berry fruit aroma. Direct wild berry flavour, good lining, amiable wine. Fruit well-defined. Not that long. Drink and enjoy. The only red this year. 2007-08

2001

rather neutral tar/black fruit nose. Restrained black fruit early on, peppery end, some core warmth. Rather down the line, has medium length.

1999 ()

new oak use stepped up this year: marked oak on bouquet - the grilled effect. Mix of young wood and Syrah on palate, the fruit is plentiful, has an intense, clean finish. Needs another two years to relax and integrate. May 2001

1998

blackcurrant fruit, firm texture, has sound enough content, a little gras. Lost 40% of crop from frost this year. 2006-07

1997 ()

easy, soft wine, very straight down the line, a little one-paced. 2002-03

1995 ()

sound black fruit, but one-dimensional - lacks expression, hidden corners. Bouquet tight, can develop. 2003-06

1983

red robe still, some turn on it. Pretty red fruit attack, tasty, jam style. Can broaden, still has ways to go - tannins have absorbed well by now, leave chewy finale. Good till 2009. First vintage when another wine made - the Paradis St-Pierre.