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1940s Syrah on shallow granite soils on L'Olivet at St Jean de Muzols, planting density 8,500 plants per hectare, destemmed, 18 day open vat vinification, twice daily cap punchings, aged 600-litre oak casks (15-20% new) 12-15 months, unfined, filtered, 9-10,000 b

2018

dark robe; the bouquet expresses black stone fruit such as prune with a Bovril, meaty note, crisp oak in the mix. The palate is tethered, wants to burst out, has an inlay of deep black fruits with ripe tannins adding a savoury note. There is concentration on the finish, as it builds along its path. This covers the ground widely, has good heart, holds entertaining fruit, is a wine to drink when just entering its post-youth stage, from 2022 or 2023. It will live well. 14.5°. 9,330 b. €38. 2035-37 Nov 2019  GB £125/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017 ()

sturdy, dark robe, mainly black. The nose has a sweet aroma of stewed fruits, is rather copious, carries a little boudoir perfume, a note of reduction. The blackberry at its centre comes with a meaty angle. The palate is filled with fleshy, then chewy black-fruited content, is still under its bottling, the finish tucked in. It’s a well managed St Jo that could carry more character, will gain in length with time. Decanting helpful. 14.5°. From mid-2019. 2032-34 Dec 2018

2016

(casks) dark, shiny red robe. The bouquet has a tender nature, offers a lightly sweet, curvy aroma of blackcurrant fruits, has a supple style, is lightly smoked from its oak. The palate runs with fluid content, a comely richness, shapely tannins. The finish is fresh, well-defined, juicy, tinged with oak. This is a neat, detailed and purposeful St Jo that gives gracious drinking. It has subtle, extended length. 13.5°. From mid-2018. 2024-25 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) very dark robe. The bouquet is stylish, carries violets and a snug air of black berry fruit, has some of the vintage sweetness. The palate eases along with a display of suave black cherry matter, comes with well fitting tannins nestled around it. This is a good southern St Jo sector wine with the supple and assured nature one expects. The length brings in some fresh, blueberry-style fruit. It is good and drinkable, unlike some its wannabe and over-extracted 2015 peers. 30 hl/ha this year. From 2018. 2026-28 Oct 2016 GB Fine & Rare Wines £331 12 b i/b www.frw.co.uk customerservice@frw.co.uk +44(0)207 089 7400

2014

(casks, final blend) dark robe. The nose has a little darkness and potential beyond its slightly smoky black fruit. Oak and licorice are also present. It is a calm, assured start. The palate bears tasty fruit that rolls along well, tannins and oak in step with it until a fresh, menthol-touched finish. Classy, well made, stylish St Jo red. The length is good. From late 2016. 2023-24 GB £90/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015 

2013 ()

shiny, full red. The nose gives a simmered red berries aroma, with a light note of briar, hedgerow, a slightly chalky angle. The palate is rather wiry, presents southern sector cosiness in its red fruit, has a slightly stewed note. There is a good note of freedom and expression, nice and natural, as it ends. STGT wine that presents the southern sector around Mauves accurately. 13°.  2025-27  GB £96/6 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973 www.bbr.com Jan 2015 GB £95/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks) dark, bright robe. A stylish black fruit air works its way across the glass; the nose has a genuine, still mysterious depth, shows cocoa and dark tannin. The palate is a wholesome ensemble, holds bustling black berry fruit that is backed by good, clean, dark tannins that are faithful to their granite sources. It ends on authentic fullness, the waves of fruit lapping up high on its shore. Its oak, which is noticeable on the aftertaste, needs leaving for over two years. This goes long, has style, is very good indeed. From 2016.  2023-25  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks, final assemblage) dark, quite sombre robe. Prune, tea aroma that is dark and ripe, has chocolate tones. The first impact on the palate is prominent oaking, which obstructs its flow of black cherry fruit. Modern school wine, obviously so, and not close to the vineyard. It ends firmly, the fruit narrowed down. The oak-fruit ratio leans too much towards the oak. One needs to imagine the oak absorbing. From 2015, say. 2021-22 Nov 2012

2010 ()

(casks, final assemblage) dark, filled robe; There is a gentle, steady aroma across the glass, a little complexity – grilled pork, big berries such as mulberry, flowers and traces of oak. The palate is wide and thorough, has a lot of matter and a potentially big flavour. It builds well, has ripe tannins and needs 2 years to fuse and display its wares. Tasty and well-layered, with very good tannins, has a yum yum texture. Oak and tea spring up on the aftertaste. From 2014. 2024-26 Dec 2011

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 ()

(2 year 600-litre cask, malo not yet) **(*) fair red robe; cherry red fruit that is nutty from its oaking on the nose. There is a little sweetness in the palate fruit – it lengthens OK, and the fruit peeks out at the finish as well. (3 year 228-litre cask, malo not yet) ** very correct red; fruit gum sweets aroma of some substance; there is pointed acidity on the palate, but some body within – has a peppery, angular finish. 8-9 year wine. Dec 2008

2007 ()

matt black-red robe; has a blackberry jam aroma that is sweet – its nature is soft, there is violet grace here and the top air is smoky-oaked. There is a touch of tightness in the palate texture as its oak works itself out – the black fruit is calm, measured, and there is a little gras or richness within. It extends securely. Oak is noticeable on the aftertaste. From late 2010. €19.30. 2016-18 Dec 2008

2006 ()

quite a full black cherry robe. Holds a soft scent – floral lacing in the simmered red fruits, with a little bosky surround. Carries softly textured, rather fleshy black stone fruits – is a wine of some density, but finishes clearly. Nicely generous, without excess. Has a peppery aftertaste. Good for stews and wholesome dishes. 2015-16 Dec 2007

2005 ()

dark, full robe; the bouquet is reserved – the macerated black fruits are tightly woven and there is an air of grilling in the modern way. Black fruit with a grilled tone start the palate; it holds an upright shape now, though its centre appears rich. Oak n’cherry flavour, in the international way. The finish shows black berries, plus mineral from the oak, then a quick flash of berry again. Esp 2009 on. More local from 2010, I’d say. 2017-18 Nov 2006 Previously Dec 2005 (cask) **** bright and dark robe. Some roundness in a good, smoky bouquet. Great fruit on palate - wholesome and round, very wide. Sustains its richness well. Ripe, southern Rhône tones, but the finish is clear enough in the northern way. 2018-20 Dec 2005

2004

fresh, clear fruit aroma, also licorice prolongs well. Tasty, easy fruit on palate, though slides away before the finish. Tannins are present, and add extra dimension at the end. There's a touch of the vintage tar on the finish. Earthy style, quite down home wine that is a bit got up. To 2011. April 2006. Previously Dec 2005 *** tight fruit, a little grilled aroma, smoky bacon. Quite generous palate, agreeably broad berry fruit, gains some structure from the tannins later on. Expect its tannins and oak to be more settled by 2008. Bottled Nov 2005. 2016-18 Dec 2005 Previously March 2005 (cask) *** mocha, roasted aromas mingle with red berries - bouquet is deep-seated. Likeable fruit at start, is elegant in mid-palate, length good. 2007 on. 2014-16 March 2005

2003

herbal, mixed aromas, persist well. Good variety of flavour present - well-defined with sensible oak. Juice is good, wine has style. Minted finish. Good, suave wine, tannins well enmeshed. 2007 on. To 2017-20 Dec 2004 Previously Sept 2004 **** black fruit, pepper/floral mixed bouquet. Good fruit, with real core, has a mineral side. Very long, stylish too. 2019-23 Sept 2004

2002 No Rating

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2001

lively red fruits nose, tightens with air. Meaty wine with red fruits. Has shoulders, some end tannin. More closed at two years than earlier in life, so wait now till 2005-06. Always has been a good performer. 2012-14 Nov 2003

1999

soft black fruit with a grilled side on bouquet. Nicely warm wine, harmonious. Reflects the sunny year but has a mineral control within, makes it more defined and interesting. Plenty of matter. 2012-15

1998

scented, warm tea aroma, with red, raspberry fruit and mint, tar. Nice southern style roundness on palate, with black fruits, olives. Acquiring some of the 1998 vintage gaminess now, is at a crossroads. Maybe more flair even if older if drunk around 2007, for instance. It finishes with quite solid, gummy fruit, but the fruit doesn't run evenly through it. 2015-16 Dec 2005 Previously ***(*) violet mixed with black fruit bouquet; good width, chewy tannins, likeable substance here. Esp 2002-03 on. 2010-12

1997

pretty full wine - red fruits are well evident, needs time to settle its elements eg from 2001. Sound richness within. 2006-08

1994

light black fruit aromas with softening from a rose hip presence, decent freshness even with the start of the game, meaty stage. Very vintage style on palate - with a now loosening but still upright shape. Nice fruit definition, but shortens up after a good attack and mid-palate. Quite charming. Mineral texture with some roundness. Received some new oak. 2013-14 Dec 2005

1991 ()

still vibrant colour; fresh red fruit, sensual on bouquet; rounded ball of flavour. Plums and prunes. Singing wine, can roll on and please for some time. 2004-07 June 1999