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100% Syrah from schist, gneiss soils, 90% destemmed, crushed, 3-4 week steel vat vinification at up to 32°C, pumping overs, aged 30% new, 70% 1-2 year 228-litre oak & chestnut casks 9-18 months, 2 rackings, fined, filtered, "drink with stewed lamb with flageolet beans [en cocotte], roast duck, tajine of lamb” , 33,000 b

2017 ()

very dark robe. The nose has a savoury, sweet style aroma, stewed black fruits in the picture, a note of damp leaves. The palate is lined with plump red-fruited content, drinks now, is curvy and straightforward, bears ripe tannins with a touch of late mineral coolness. It will be more fused from mid-2019, is a very respectable bottle of St Jo red. 13°. 2028-29 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark robe. The nose gives an air of damp vegetation, black soil, its ripeness leading the fruit towards prunes. The palate picks up on a sweet, fleshy run of content, with flexible tannins present. This is a natural, unforced St Jo, a pleasing drink, with a fine tune of granite in its mineral late moments. It could be a tad fresher. 13°. 33,000 b. From mid-2018. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2011 ()

(casks) rather dark robe. Brewed, meat stock air – the bouquet is wide, sultry, brooding. The palate comes across as technical – the oaking is marked. The fruit is “correct”, but lacking in nuance. Has an arm’s length style, as if it is a merchant, not a domaine wine (tasted blind). From 2015 for less oak, but I am not sure how much more real interest can be generated. 2019-20  Nov 2012