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Syrah (1950s) from Tournon (southern sector, sanded granite, is quite sheltered, harvested two weeks before the St Jo Bonneveau), destemmed, 4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punched, aged 15% new, 85% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 12-16 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2009, 900-1,000 b

2018

(casks, bottling Apr 2020) dark red, black tints; the nose shows sun filling, ripeness, leans towards prune, even date. The palate is broad, almost Mediterranean on the attack, thick content and firm tannins in the mix. It releases a tiny amount of juice from these surroundings before the close. It’s a bit toppy for a St Jo, is very vintage marked. 30 hl/ha. From 2023. 2035-37 Dec 2019

2017 ()

(cask) very dark colour, inky black, some crimson. The nose has a confident, serene depth of black fruit, very poised in style, shows some oaking and a note of seashore. There are becoming floral notes, violets. The palate has silken qualities in the smooth run of dark berries, a concentration in the cassis flavour that is still tightly clenched within.  The tannins have life, expression, are lissom, integrated. The oak surfaces again on the close. The fruit has a really good heart to it. Be patient – there is more depth than it appears, and the oak needs time, so try from 2022. This has good style, and reflects old vines’ quality. 2038-40 Feb 2019

2016

(cask, bottling April 2018) very dark colour, black centred robe. The bouquet has a sure depth, a leaning towards black olives, blackberry jam airs, good inner ripeness. The palate has the silken feel of a sanded granite wine, is dense, shows oak which heads into play on the late stages. There is a sideline of iron along the outside, and the tannins are discreetly punchy. This is inky, dark St Jo, which persists fully, has a long stream of content with a relative finesse in it. Decanting advised. From late-2020. 2031-33 Nov 2017

2015

(cask) inky, dark robe. This has a ripe, curvy, filled bouquet based on a pile of just crushed blackberries. It has a sunny, sweet countenance, a perky style, blackcurrant and oak also. This is tight, compact, has determined strength of content, intense blueberry fruit with oak and pushy tannins leaving the close on the dry side. This is on a big scale – be ready for that. It will be better the longer it is left. It bears an exerted feel now, and needs to tone down. From 2020-21. 2032-35 Oct 2016

2014

(casks, bottling March 2016) full deep robe. There is inner strength within the nose – dark berries, close-knit, a hover of perfume. The palate is close-knit as well, the texture is very on the crisp, cool granite – it captures its place well. Tannins crunch in on the end. This needs time: it is a little Spartan now, with its oak also needing to settle in. It has style and truth, hidden corners. From 2018. 2026-28  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) dark, black-tinted robe. Toast and oak show on the front nose, black cherry and violet strokes within – it promises to meld well. The palate bears stylish fruit, with a good, clear lining, making it good and drinkable. Leave this until spring 2016 for the oak infusion. An expressive, unpretentious, calm wine. Good bistrot-restaurant wine. 2020-21 GB £117/6 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com  GB £105/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015

2012

(casks) dark red; low level reduction on the nose that has a broad leaning, offers floral airs and black liqueur fruit, wee spots of pepper and vegetal notions, drops of red meat. The palate is closed, but holds a purposeful line of black fruit which is set to show well in two years. The close introduces pepper and spice. It shows latent elegance, and will get together. It is long and authentic. From late 2015. 2023-24  Nov 2013

2009 ()

(casks) good, quite full robe that is welcoming. Crunchy style fruit on the nose, with a ripe oiliness in it, oak right there. The palate reflects that ripeness, is liqueur in style, but has some freedom. A wine of imposing style. It ends on licorice, charcoal – it is fat enough there, though the oak is a little burnt. Rich, somewhat pushed at its centre point. From 2013. 2019-21 Nov 2010