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The Wines

Syrah (2006, 2010) from 1.58 hectare on schist & granite soils on Les Magasins at Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf (our most precocious harvest, a very solar site which is why 70% stems included), 30% destemmed, 3-4 day cool maceration at 12-15°, 3 week vinification, 50-100% in concrete vat, 0-50% in tronconic oak vat, cap punching during 1st 10 days, pumping overs, aged aged 70% 228-litre, 30% 600-litre oak casks, 20% new, 80% 1-5 year old casks 15-18 months, from 2019 a little raised in amphorae, unfined, filtered, 1,060 b

2018 ()

(228-litre cask, bottling March 2020) dark, full red; the bouquet has a loganberry, generous fruit aroma, ripe cassis, licorice, hints of herbs, garrigue. The palate rolls on lissom texture, sleek black fruit, with intense juice only at the end does it show the 70% stems, with a switch in texture, a fine graininess, oak also there. It could bear a bit more mid-palate gras. This has the structure to evolve – if the vines were older, that would come. Decant it. Harvested 12-13 Sept. From 2023. 2035-37 Dec 2019

2017

(4 year 228-litre cask) bright and shiny purple with black tints. There’s quiet serenity on the nose, which has grace, is on blackberry with tender appeal, and good spark in its black cherry, a hint of black olives. The palate has an immediate thread of salt-freshness with stylish richness; the presence of the stems has helped it - in the classic St Jo 2017 the stems were too green to be included. This has style and appeal, balance, with nice ripeness. It will certainly please and be enjoyed. Tang and iron, blood feature late on. It’s a bit of a quiet scene stealer. From 2021-22. 2029-30 March 2018

2016 ()

bottled one week ago: red robe. Has an elegant, red-fruited nose, a neat garden red berry fruit aroma, with the tang of cordite, and iron also present. The palate kicks off on red fruits with a crisp tenor, concentration in the juice; this has a good length – steady as she goes. There is crunch from the 70% stems after half way. There is the transparency of young vines in the content, which isn’t that fleshy, also due to the style of vintage. Interesting, naked wine that holds fine fruit, is one for the true enthusiasts. Very ripe stems were used. 13°. 2,000 b. 25 hl/ha. 2025-26 Mar 2018

2015

(600-litre cask) very dark robe. The nose is wide, deeply fruited, has airs of nutshells, raspberry and blackberry. The palate presents a good stream of black fruit; it manages freshness on the second half – it wheels along freely, travels en finesse. It is very long, has lots of energy. Very good for such young vines. 2026-27  Oct 2015