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100% Syrah (2009-2015) from granite soils at Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf, Limony, mostly destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, aged 20% new, 80% 1-6 year 600-litre & 228-litre oak casks 13 months unfined, filtered, 6,000 b

2018 ()

dark robe; the bouquet gives an inviting air of black cherry, with a note of licorice, violets. It’s a bright, up front opening. The palate links well with the nose, sets off with crisp black fruit, a discreet underlying sweetness. It delivers with freedom, is direct. There’s a build up of tarry tannin on an assertive close – this has just been bottled, so allow another six months for a more absorbed finish. It will be best drunk when young. 14°. 2026-27 Feb 2020

2016

quite a dark red; the nose leads on a mild air of blackberry coulis, light spice, isn’t very deep. The palate is also light, pared back even, holds fibrillating fruit that resembles raspberry, mulberry, is smoky. It ends tight – clack! The tannins have nerve. This is fresh, but low depth St Jo. 13°. 2023-24 Dec 2018

2009

(casks) fullish red robe; oily, soaked cherries, soaked aroma, varnish, sweet spice, tea present, and tar-rubber airs. The palate fruit has a waxen, acetate overlay – this has black fruit with urban cut about it . . there is licorice on the aftertaste. Close to ready, a wine showing most of its features now. It drinks soundly, with some late weight, its tannins are ripe. From mid-2011. 2016-17 Nov 2010