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100% Syrah (1910s-1979, av age 68 years) from Tournon, Vion (1910s Syrah), Arras, Ozon, Sarras, all southern-middle sector of Saint-Joseph appellation, granite-based soils, 70-80% destemmed, 3 week steel vat vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, a few cap punchings, aged 20% new, 80% 1-2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 16-17 months, fined, lightly filtered, 20-25,000 b

2018

dark, glistening red robe; the bouquet is nicely stylish, presents a neat aroma of raspberry fruit, a gentle sunlight in it, with a little touch of freshness delivered by stems. It’s a fine tuned start. The palate is also gracious, mixes trim red fruits that carry purity with floral, drifts that please. It’s an aromatic, shapely St-Jo without signs of cellar work, all as it should be. It can open further, gradually and gently. The finish demands time, the tannins rather chewy for now. If they fuse, this will be a harmonious **** wine – it’s rated on that optimism. 13.5°. From spring 2021. 2028-30 Dec 2019

2010 ()

(casks) nicely full robe. Nutty, still being raised air, with the scope to emerge and vary, has a black berry underpinning – fruit such as blueberry as well. There is a delicately scented black fruit flavour, and its tannins come all in roundness. It stretches its legs well. It ends on a soft roundness, and a little pepper from its oak. The palate is fluid, moves well. It persists gracefully. From mid-2012, is nearly there. To 2018-19. 30% whole bunch use this year. Release June 2012. Nov 2011

2008

mild red robe. Rather reductive nose, but within lies a pure red fruit aroma, with a slight air of singe or burn. Tar, road tar flavouring – this has a very traditional Saint-Joseph style, also sporting berried hedge fruits, with gras coming through from half way. It reflects its place well, is authentic. 13.5°. To 2015. March 2011

2007 ()

(casks) dark robe; smoky, crunchy black fruit aroma – black cherry in the lead. There are good lines of fresh black fruit on the palate –this has enough matter for its oak. The length is good. It is making its way with promise, a wine to note already. From spring 2010. 85% destemmed this year. To be bottled June 2009. 2015-16 March 2009

2006

red with purple hints. Has a firm, smoky nose – shows crackly black fruit and is tight – there is peppery black fruit here. It's rather firm on the palate, but has low-key gras or richness of matter within. Decant this. From spring 2010. Bottled August 2008. To 2014-15. “The 2006 crop was very ripe, and so I only destemmed half the Syrah to achieve more freshness in the wine,” Christophe Curtat. March 2009