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early 1980s Syrah from Sarras, purchased crop, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 80% 2-4 year old 228-litre oak casks, 20% 2-4 year old 600-litre oak casks 12-13 months, unfined, can be filtered, first wine 2007, 30-40,000 b


dark red. Damp notes, mineral, some early advance shows on the nose, but there is foundation to it. There are black fruits, deep tannins inside, on the palate that is more backward than the nose; it takes on concentration towards the finish, a real burst of tannin on the close. This is two-speed wine, the palate lagging behind the bouquet. It is long, sturdy, dense, jam-like on the palate. Decanting advised. 13°. €17. From mid-2019. 2028-30 Nov 2017

2013 ()

soft red robe; toffee, compote of stewed plums aroma – it is a modern style bouquet with no real mystery. This is easy, arm’s length wine that skates along; it mixes low-key oak with raspberry fruit that is also stewed. Light elements of licorice and tar show on the finish. 12.5°. 2018-19 March 2015

2012 ()

(3 year 228-litre oak cask, bottling in two weeks) the nose gives light reduction, a light floral hum, sleek berries, licorice. The palate is direct, shapely, drinkable. Fresh and alert, good salty moments. The finish is lengthy and oaked. More spring in its step than the 2011. Has the body for as life of 6 years, for example. Has the potential to be a w.o.w. wine. 12.5°. 2019-20  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(tank) medium red colour. The bouquet has a smoky top, gives an air of simmered red fruits, the ease of 2011: it is straightforward, has drops of licorice in it. There are light mineral glints in a coulis style red fruit on the palate. This is a down-the-line St Jo, doesn’t quite pull the trigger. There are touches of light tannin. Could have more body. Fair length. Does the job. 12.5°. Bottling in two weeks. Unfiltered this year. 2017-18  Nov 2013

2010 ()

mid-depth red, a bit dull; reduction is the first impact on the nose, is a baked, traditional air, not an alert one. Black fruits that are fairly supple feature here, with a scented line about them. It closes on dry-style tannins, is old school in style. Drink with country foods. Is in and out, not an ensemble, and never shakes off some dryness. May just have been bottled. Retaste, but I have doubts on this showing. To 2017? Nov 2011

2009 ()

(casks) slightly mottled full red, some black traces. Game-bacon, black fruits mix on the nose, has a baked interior. This is a bouquet of some scale, has a little floral notion in it, and the air releases prominent oak. The palate grips at the start, contains black stone fruits and prune in the flavour. There are solid late tannins, and it has the scope to get together, is well-founded, has heart, the tannins fitting in well at the end. The oak in it is firm, so leave until mid-2012. 2018-20 Nov 2010


pretty robe with a purple top. Quiet, friendly fruit aroma, raspberry here – it is low profile today. The palate has a tight, licorice flavour, with cassis fruit and slightly stiff tannins for the time being. It is also still marked by its oaking. It is nice and drinkable, but decant now if going for it, or wait until spring 2010 for a softer finale. 13.5°. To 2016. Bottled Dec 2008. March 2009