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100% Syrah, 50% purchased crop & 50% purchased wine from Chavanay, Serrières, Saint-Pierre de Boeuf, Arras, Mauves (mix of north, south sectors), destemmed, 15-18 day vinification, mainly pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, very little, cap punching, aged 80% concrete vat 12 months, 20% 2-4 year 600-litre oak casks 6 months, then concrete vat 6 months, unfined, filtered, 15-18,000 b (when mainly Chavanay, Mauves) until 2014, 30,000 b

2018 ()

(vat/casks, bottling April 2020) dark red; the nose involves cooked plum fruits, raspberry, an inner sweetness. The palate holds sealed content with a thread of red fruits, lively enough. The fruit lasts juicily, and has zap. It’s an uncomplicated, free drinking St Jo, tuck into it early for the fruit. It ends on a little vegetal note, not noticeable if drunk with grills, for example. The granite has brought definition. From mid-2020. 2027-29 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(vat/casks) dark red; there’s a nice spot of seaweed, iodine inside its black fruited aroma, with a little dustiness on top, a hint of licorice. It’s a well together bouquet. The palate bears likeable black fruits with a fresh thread through it, discernible granite influences in the cool texture, the late graininess. This is very good Regular Guy Saint-Joseph that drinks clearly, needing 15 to 18 months to snug up on the finish. It’s likely to be good Value [I don’t know the price]. From mid-2020. 2031-33 Feb 2019

2016 ()

(vat/casks, bottling March 2018) smoky bacon and dried herbs lead airs, backing of discreet black berry fruits. The palate presents a regular St Jo red, has a note more of black fruit than red, blueberries, the northern sector, a spot of mineral in the late flavour, the aftertaste on that iron. There is a small spot of gras at its centre; the tannins need two years. 13°. 30,000 b. From late-2019. 2025-27 Nov 2017

2015

(vat/casks) very dark red. Red meat, inkiness, blueberry and raspberry swirl on the nose, with some commendable precision. It comes forward well. The palate has an easy, graceful start, holds cosy, round fruit and gras richness, the texture supple until slightly workmanlike tannins appear in mid-palate. It drinks well, with wee granite violet on the end, fine grain, some local truth. It will fuse well. 13.5°. From 2019. 2028-30 Oct 2016

2014

(vat/casks) dark red. The nose has a chalky quality along with an air of red berry fruit. The palate is compact, comes with a savoury topping above its brisk red fruit. This is still making its way. There is quite attractive juice at its heart. From mid-2017. 2022-23  Oct 2015 

2012

(vat/casks) shiny, dark robe. Chiselled, brewed coffee air, ground black pepper seasoning in rather a deep nose. The palate offers an immediate salvo of smoky black cherry fruit, liberal oak in and around it. It ends with dash and vigour, is still oaked. Beyond the oak it is rather tender. Less oak required given its depth. From 2016. 18,000 b. 2022-24  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark robe. The aroma is jolly – there is a clear sweetness in the black fruit, a supple cassis air that beckons strongly, comes with a hint of oak and nut behind that adds some gravity. It is in a primary state now. The palate starts in close connection to the nose – it offers tasty, flowing blackcurrant fruit, a coulis on tap sort of flow. Easy tannins mean a small extra build-up on the finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy, is w.o.w. wine. Great with grills, pastas. Has a mild note of herbs and caramel on the finish. Go for it – fun, early wine. To 2018.  Nov 2012

2009

(casks) dark red, black tints. Black cherry jam or jelly lead aroma, resembles Dijon liqueur cassis also, and holds up well. The palate also centres around gras richness – there is a full, gushy fruit all around, leading to biscuit, tea notes, baked bread. This is shaping up well in an open, no hidden corners way – the fruit is mobile and tasty. Good pleasure here. From 2012 for a more ensemble finish. 2018-19 Nov 2010

2008 ()

plum red robe. The bouquet shows ripeness but also an evolution already, has a certain depth about it. The palate is similar – it is already a wine that leans towards the mature. It posts up red jam fruit along the palate. Needs food, also autumn/winter drinking. 13°. To 2013-14. July 2010

2007

dark robe; chocolate notes on the nose – there is sturdy black fruit within, and a slight reduction. The palate is grippy, enclosed – inside there is firm black fruit. It is guided by its oak for now, marches in a straight line. From mid-2010. 2015-16 March 2009

2006 ()

(pre-bottle) quite a dark red; The nose is mild – there is black jam in the top air, it is round and there is also an agreeable fungal note as well. The palate is on a supple path, with red fruits that have a jam nature. There is later grip expressed as a licorice taste. The length is good. From 2009. 2014-15. To be bottled next month. Jan 2008

2005 ()

bright red-black robe; there is a little reduction in the bouquet – the fruit is black berry with earthy notes, a sound underlay. The palate black fruit comes with authority and ripeness – it is backed by a sound column of tannin, and ends on a black fruit coulis little sweetness. Good length – it ends securely and agreeably. A tasty wine with nice clarity. The aftertaste is peppered and licorice. 2016-17 Jan 2008 Previously Nov 2006 **(*) dark robe; brooding, southern tangle of aromas – olives and some spice, is wide and supple. Compact, pretty dense palate, with ripe tannins. Really seamless wine – no light is let in, and it is solid. Potentially rich and wide. Some concern from its rather dry oak on the finish. From late 2008. 2014 Nov 2006

2004 ()

subdued, red fruits aroma, southern zone style, carries oak/toast also. Juicy start with herbal-tinged black fruits, then a bit of damp forest towards finish. It doesn't quite stay the full distance. Maybe more complete follow-through 2007 on. 2011-13 April 2006

2002

2001

early on nose is warm, stewed fruit, earthy, gamey. Mid-weight wine, fair fringe of tannin. Red fruits, some grain in texture. Meaty, has sinew more than flesh. Dries, fades a lot with air.