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Syrah (early 1970s) from South facing, hard granite soils at 300-350 metres on Bonneveau above Tournon, destemmed, 4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punched, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 15% new, 85% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 12-14 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2014, when vineyard not in great shape, magnums only in 2014, 650 of them, 2015 on 600-1,000 b

2018

(casks, bottling Apr 2020) full, dark robe; the nose gives coffee, intense black cherry fruit, is hardly out of the starting gate. It has a cool tenor overall. The palate runs with a good flow of black fruits, soft, well sustained richness, enough ripeness in the tannins for the finish to be wholesome. There are hints of iron in the late moments, granite spark, with juice still in play there. 20 hl/ha. From 2023. 2037-39 Dec 2019

2017

(cask) dark robe, black with purple. Has an air of moist moss, a neat sweetness in the black cherry fruit beyond, a calm roundness to the nose. The palate gives a rolling run of raspberry fruit, with little sparks of life in its path, runs with a steady hand, building gently as it goes, so the finish has a mix of juice and soft chewiness. There is a sunny tone to it in mid-palate, a little squeeziness and plumpness there. It’s a calm, potentially enjoyable St Jo. From 2021. 2037-39 Feb 2019

2016 ()

(casks, bottling April 2018) dark red, black tints. Iodine and Indian ink are accompanied by blueberry fruits on the nose, almost a bull’s blood seam of intensity, some licorice. This is grounded wine, close to its granite, with good iron lining, and black fruit that streams carefully, is pretty pure. Intricate composition, is a wine of accumulated detail. It’s naked and true, STGT in one hit, now. It ends on its neat florality, is so typical of its place. Has fine length. 800 b. From mid-2019 or 2020. 2030-33 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(cask) shiny dark red, full robe. Inkspots, red blood, pulp show on the nose, which has a heaving intensity, gives an impression of piles of raspberry just brought in, a light violet, Pez sweets presence. The palate runs with dark content, holds brisk and prominent tannins; there is real inner force here. It comes to a granite-grain conclusion, crunch time. It goes well long, is true to its place, has granite in its texture. From 2020 – a lot of refining and soothing is needed. “The vineyard was hit by hail on 6 June, which is why there are only two casks instead of the four casks of 2014,” Damien Brisset. 600 b. 2030-33 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) dark robe. There is a floating perfume on the nose, a snug set of dark fruit, licorice also. The palate is also scented by what resembles iris, violet flowers; it holds fine tannins that lead to a prune fruit, compact close. Its fruit is compressed. This is quite handsome. It shows licorice in a toasted, roasted end. Four casks made this year. From 2018. 2026-27 Oct 2015