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Syrah (1985-86) from 390 metres on granite soils at St Jean-de-Muzols, destemmed, 4 week concrete vat vinification at up to 25-30°C, twice daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, can do cap punching (2012, not 2015), aged part 2-5 year 228-litre oak casks, part 400-litre oak cask, part 20 hl tronconic oak vat 12 months inc for the malo, fined, filtered, 10,000 b

2018

shiny, dark robe that invites. The bouquet is busy, on vigorous black cherry and blackberry fruit with a shapely sweetness inside. It’s deep enough to allow some mystery. The palate runs well, is entertaining via its smooth, unfettered flow of black fruits, comes with supple tannins. It finishes well, offers late violets, perfume, with fine powder in the texture. It’s unforced, stylish St Jo, very likeable, drinks well now. There will be more of a fruit flourish from mid-2020. 14.5°. €25. 2029-31 Nov 2019

2017

very full, dark red. The nose has a cool tenor, rests on smoky, bacon fat, floral-infused blue fruit, suggests its origins are granite, does that accurately. The palate links well, comes with appealing black berry fruits, backed by fine powder tannins ending in a neat register, a little tar and oak there. This is shapely, well made, terroir St Jo. There’s a hint of reduction, so decant it. Its serenity, precision and its plumpness are most attractive. It is bottled already. 14°. From mid-2019 if you are in a hurry. 2033-35 Dec 2018

2015 ()

very dark, a black hue. The bouquet is generous, based on soaked black fruits, that have a pastille-lozenge ripeness; it nicely perfumed. It attacks well – it is peppery, live and free from its place, really rocks on before the swift arrival of grainy, very rocky tannins. The attack gives the clue to a good future. Granite influence appears on the finish – blue flowers. This is complex and true. It will be very good in magnum. Bottled Sept 2016. 13.5°. 2030-32 Oct 2016

2014

dark robe. The bouquet is a big affair – it has weight, close packing of black berry, cassis fruits, mulberry, along with licorice. The palate runs with freedom, spreading its waves of fine fruit well. There is a tangy black cherry central flavour. This will fill the glass well, is a wine of authority. A smatter of oak will absorb on the finish. 12.5°. From mid-2017. 2023-24  Oct 2015 

2013

sustained dark red colour. Oak hovers in the background on the nose, which holds  cassis liqueur fruit with an element of coolness about it. Notes of tar and licorice also feature. The palate is modern in style; the fruit has dash, and runs with its oak until the finish, where the oak takes over. Has a pretty clear, blueberry fruited finale. This is shaping up well. Good life in this, and enjoyably clear and accessible fruit. 12.5°. From spring 2016.  2022-23 Jan 2015

2012 ()

a magnum: shiny dark red robe. Has a lively nose, violets in the mix, graceful black berry, licorice – the bouquet has a lot of grace and appeal. The palate is bright, peppery, direct, and speaks truly of its place. The black fruit is clean and on the go. The tannins go a long way, and have a slight floral accompaniment on the aftertaste. The finish is crunchy, rocky, and is a bit grainy-dry. From spring 2017. 13°. 2026-27  Oct 2015

2010

2 bottles tasted, but doubts: dark, sombre robe; tar, chocolate notes across the nose, tar, violets and berry, a little meatiness. It is supple and sweet. The palate starts softly, with pebbly, fine tannin behind. The attack is fleshy, before a saline late moment with prune in it. It is a bit limited, and I find rather dry overtones. Doesn’t seem quite right. Just bottled, I think (tasted blind). 13.5°. From 2013. 2018-19  Nov 2011

2009 ()

dark, bright and inviting robe. Clear-cut fruit on the nose, black cherry that is rounded and beckoning – this bouquet is a good start. Sleek, mobile fruit on the palate, with lots of drive, shows tar, road tar moments late on that are normal for here. A wine of good local virtues, its length is good, and it is consecutive from start to finish – it travels through every stage well. The real thing, a seamless and well-balanced wine. 2018-19 April 2011, London Previously Nov 2010 (casks) **(*) good, full, bright robe; smoke and licorice on the first air, the bouquet being tightly drawn together, has some depth. Clinical black fruit that is upright, almost starched on the palate, has oak through it. It ends on an airy note, lacks ground force, and the cellar rules here. The aftertaste is oaked; painting by numbers feel to this. Fair length. From mid-2012, but for best possible, try from 2014. 2017-18 Nov 2010

2006 ()

pretty full black robe; oak and a grilled sensation greet the sniffer – black fruit and a smoky air with it lies inside. The palate is consistent with the nose – the black fruit has grilled notes, an upright, constructed frame. There is some black fruit inside the oaking, but they need to liaise – go to the marriage bureau. From mid-2009. To 2013. Dec 2007

2003

bouquet - pretty black fruit, with a floral side. Sappy berry fruit, seems a bit too soft, doesn't grip. Seems acidified on finale. Not sure about this content. Mid 2005 on. 2010-11

2001

smoky cooked black fruit. Some sinew and licorice in fruit. Light pepper, tar. Quite OK.