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2002 Syrah on decomposed granite soils on Boursicot at St-Jean-de-Muzols (southern sector), hand harvested, destemmed, 2 week vinification in wood vats with no SO2 used, daily foot punching of the cap, 1-2 pumping overs, aged 2-3-4 year 228-litre oak casks 10 months (until 2004 was aged 100% used large barrels and 400-litre oak casks 12 months), fined, filtered, organic wine, 1,750-2,000 b

2018 ()

dark red robe; the nose has an air of blueberry fruit, with oak-nutshells attached. It hasn’t emerged much, can amplify and vary, though. The palate commences with wavy red fruits, mild, rather downhome tannins, has a homely nature, is a no frills St Jo, more trad than modern. The fruit lasts nicely, has a floral note with it, suggests the southern sector of the appellation. The finish is gummy, a little chewy. 14°. 1,792 b. €19. 2026-27 Nov 2019

2017

shiny, handsome dark robe; the bouquet has potential sits quietly on iodine with gently sweet black fruits, the fruits clear, a note of licorice also involved. The palate produces a floral infused run of attractive, persistent raspberry, red berry fruit, carries the softness of the southern sector. It continues with good lift into its finish. Since there is some reduction, it should be decanted or aired. This has a natural style, feels hand made. It is bottled already. 14.5°. 2031-33 Dec 2018

2016

(casks) dark red colour. The bouquet is a trifle spare, has a roasted aspect, a chiselled air of red fruits, isn’t fully decided. The palate gives a black cherry, blackberry sweetness of fruit that is a little cloudy, comes and goes, ending with some freedom as it happens. Hence it is worth waiting for, until mid-2019, for example. The length is OK. It’s a wine with more potential than it first suggests, and its juice is liberal as it closes. Time will fuse it, then decanting will help to prise it open. 13.5°. Bottled 7 Sept 2017. 1,750 b. 2023-24 Nov 2017

2015

(steel vat, prior to casks) very dark robe. Has a sturdy, filled nose with aromatic layers of black fruit, a good and probing depth in it. This attacks brightly, gets up and goes. It holds bonny, handsome black stone fruit, a nudge of tar from the tannins, all delivered very precisely. This is good, true, gives lots of wine in the glass. It lengthens well, and is saline late on. Very beau. 2025-27  Dec 2015

2013

dark robe, nice and full. The bouquet has a winning combination of aromatic depth and mystery – so will offer more, and good variety into the bargain. There is an air of smooth black berry fruit, a stylish jam. The palate carries attractive, supple fruit, which entertains by its precise subtlety. Naturally made, hands-off wine here. It develops extra tarry depth on the finish as its tannins come into play. Genuine, kind, harmonious and STGT St-Jo, good pedigree. Rosemary, herbs show on the aftertaste. Marks for character and lack of exertion in the making. From 2016. 13°. €10.50 ex cellars. 2020-21 Jan 2015

2012

good, brimming dark robe; Attractive, well-balanced nose that issues a scented, black berry fruits air, a temptingly sweet appeal and a light touch of licorice. The palate has the elegance and distinguished cut of the southern zone of St Jo, a safe heart of violet and rose-hip with appealing spurs on the finale. This is really well orchestrated, is a bonny wine that rarely combines w.o.w., drinkable virtues and STGT, terroir origins. Its balance stands out. The fruit travels in gentle waves, yum, yum. From mid-2014. 13°. To 2019  Nov 2013

2011 ()

shiny, dark red. Supple, blackberry aroma, polished leather – a bouquet that is good and genuine, shows sizzling pork, flowers of spring. The palate also takes up on a supple texture, has fleshy content with an appealing floral sprinkle. Attractive wine, is very biddable and aromatic. Drinks now. There is a touch of iodine in the black fruit flavour. 2016-17  Nov 2012

2007 ()

(2 yr cask) quite bright red; red fruits with minor reduction on the nose. The fruit has a sound, compact nature, with the palate pretty together; ends towards a rounded shape with just some late kick. Has the fibre of Ste-Épine. Could be more ample than 2006. Dec 2007

2006

dark red robe; has a smoky, black fruits and olives aroma. There is a nice burst of attack – black fruits or blackberry jam – the fruit is live and, even though there is a mid-palate dip, the wine gets going again at the end. There is a slight late vegetal note. Drinks now. To 2011. March 2009 Previously Dec 2007 **(*) mild red colour; there is some softness in the nose, the fruit aroma floats towards jam made from red fruits. The palate is clean-cut, the fruit peppery – no surprise, given its origins near Ste-Épine. Has late grip from its quite prominent tannins – a sign of the vineyard`s youth. To handle the finish, best to drink this with food. Has plenty of life, but is just a bit taut. Has nice fruit. Persists OK. To 2010. Dec 2007