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The Wines

1987-88 Syrah from the plain, Les Rivoires, was cherry trees and vines before, plus 3-sometimes 8th-10th year Saint-Joseph Syrah vines on slopes, ends of rows, the end of the St-Joseph press, "the St Jo wine we don’t consider merits going into the main St Jo red", 40-80% destemmed (20-60% stems included since 2010), pumping overs, aged used 600-litre casks 10-12 months, was Vin de Table until 2005, 3,200-4,800 b

NV (2004)

live, wide cherry red aroma, kirsch tones. Pretty fruit, agreeable poise and licorice finale. Very drinkable. April 2006

NV (2002) ()

fruity, lively wine, great to drink outdoors

2019 ()

(60% Les Rivoires, with 40% the other mixed sources) dark red. The nose is smoky, on bacon fat, laurel, wild red fruits, tayberries. The palate has fresh drive, with good running fruit, carries plenty of zip, a note of vegetal towards the finish. This is good, up tempo wine, life in its veins. 2033-35 Dec 2019

2018

(steel vat, bottling, end Feb 2020) dark robe. The nose shows a coulis, stewed ripeness of fruit, much mulberry, raspberry liqueur, lozenges a-plenty, is entertaining. The palate bears a concentrated heart after a bright attack, the tannins with tempo, rigour; there’s evident sun in this. There are mineral notes along the second half, iron. It has character, collects the vintage well, is like a ripe Crozes from Gervans, the northern sector of Crozes. 40% destemmed. 13.7°. 2035-37 Dec 2019

2017 ()

(cask) dark red. Has a dark, leathery nose, with reduction, an assertive air of black fruits, boiled beef. The palate beats the nose, runs with good, fresh vigour, natural liveliness. The flavour rests on soaked red cherries. It has a rather a square shape. It is quite frank, the juice continues well enough. It has good content, plenty for grilled foods. It can unwind over the next 18 months. 2024-26 March 2018

2016 ()

dark red colour. Smoky bacon, sultry raspberry aroma, striking, intense raspberry liqueur air here. The palate gives a coursing run of red fruits, joli gras, a good core which serves it well before crunch tannins come along. There are aromatic red fruits on the aftertaste. This has character, is very good in its grade. Its length serves it well. “It’s not profound, but is floral,” Jean Gonon. Bottled 1 Feb 2018. 2023-24 March 2018

2013

steady red robe. The nose gives a mulled plum jam or coulis aroma of red stone fruit, has a little grounded depth. The palate also bears a plum fruit, has a gummy texture, quiet gras richness. It is a little restricted, and drinks for stews, spaghetti. There are toffee notes late on, a little aroma as it ends. 2021-22 Jun 2015

2011 ()

dark red; very typical 2011 nose – it is open, gives an air of black fruit pastilles, with a menthol touch, notes of black cherry and licorice. The palate has a broad and juicy debut, and has the merit of then giving structure and producing some spark of clarity. It ends simply. It takes on an expressive run after its fleshy, fruited start – good. High drinkability with steak and chips. The aftertaste is tarry, and it persists well, a notable feature. A senior Vin de Pays. To 2017. Bottled end August 2012.  Nov 2012

2006

red colour, some depth. The bouquet shows quite ripe red fruits. Mid-weight palate, the flavour in the direction of red jam, a little griottes (soaked cherries). Drinks easily now, but the fruit is a bit off-key, a bit gamey. Dec 2007