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100% Syrah (2013-15) from 0.35 hectare on lime, limestone, sandy soils on Les Pras at 120 metres at Guilherand Granges, vineyard soil hard in drought, soft after rain, southernmost commune of Saint-Joseph appellation, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs first 3-4 days, then cap punchings only, aged 5-6 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2016, 1,520 b

2018 ()

quite a dark red; there’s an aroma of full ripeness, an obvious statement, on the nose – prune, raspberry liqueur. It’s very primary, has hardly budged. The palate links closely to the nose, comes on notably fat content, has a savoury style, one that envelops. The touch of licorice and freshness towards the finish are very welcome. It ends on soft content, mild tannins, just a little grain texture from them. This is an aromatic, plump St Jo. Bottled one week ago. 14°. From spring 2020. €21. 2028-29 Dec 2019

2017 ()

1) *** (ex Pinot Noir cask) notably dark robe. There is sun warmth in the nose, a chocolate, rolling black fruit, blackberry thick coulis aroma, strong licorice. Abundant early juice features on the palate with fat at its centre; it fades a little due to the young vines – there’s more up front rather than late on. Chocolate shows towards the tarry finish, where it’s a bit loose. Syrah prevails over terroir here. From mid-2019. 2025-26 2) ***(*) (ex Cornas cask) dark red. Brothy, brewed fruits criss cross the nose freely. The palate has a little tang, and runs with clear moments, is more delicate than the previous St Jo, better definition than it, more St Jo in it. There’s a touch of violet at the end. 2025-26 March 2018

2016

dark red. Bacon and some smoky oak appear on the nose, fine black berry, an elegant, neat stream of it. The palate gets off to a soft start, is toned down, gives agreeable drinking; this is passe par tout wine for bistrots, even if the tannins exert on the close. Decant it. From 2019. 13.5°. To 2025 March 2018