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100% Syrah (mid-1960s) from granite soils on La Côte, Les Côtes, Voturerie, 1 week pre-fermentation cool maceration, 75% destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, 2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged 25-33% new, 70-75% 2-4 year 400-litre oak casks 12 months (switch from 228-litre to 400-litre casks in early 2010s), filtered, "drink with bleaf in a pepper suace, young wild boar stew, roast veal", 3,600-5,000 b

2015

(casks) full dark red robe. The bouquet is copiously filled with soaked black berry fruits that have a perfumed, musky scent with them. There is an inner note of oxtail depth. The palate pushes along via loganberry, dark berry fruit with a surge of tannin swiftly on the scene. The finish is rather dry, with the tannins controlling the fruit, backing it off. It feels a little cellar exerted. 13.5°. 5,000 b. From mid-2019. 2027-29 Oct 2016

2014 ()

quite a dark robe. The nose gives a lead aroma of lamb stock, a sweet and savoury aspect, a light line of black fruit behind. The palate bears crunched together content, a prune flavour, with tannins that edge towards being dry. It doesn’t act as one whole, and moves slowly. Drink with country dishes, stews. 12.5°. 3,600 b. €18.50 export. 2019-20  Oct 2015 

2013

quite a dark red. Brioche, baked bread air, along with a roasted side on the nose; there are notes of liquid honey and prune as well. The palate carries mulled fruits, a small note of sweetness, is close to ready. A spot of late tannin leads into a rather savoury finale. Neat, trim St Jo. 12.5°. 5,000 b. €8.30 export. To 2019. Jan 2015

2012

shiny, quite dark red. Grilled, broody nose that has a thorough inlay with pork, laurel, basil notes in its black berry fruit. The palate has a close-knit surround to its rather flashy black fruit. The attack presents grainy black fruit with a cool theme. Not yet ensemble – it needs until mid-2015 to fuse. Gives regular quality, without more than that. 12°. 3,000 b. 2018-19  Nov 2013