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1982 Syrah, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling 4-5 days at 10-12°C, wild yeasts, 15-20 day vinification, twice daily pumping overs, 2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged 80% 3 year old 400-litre oak casks, 20% 3-4-year old 228-litre oak casks 4-6 months, filtered, 3,600-4,500 b

2014 ()

shiny dark red robe. The nose is wide, has a nicely full offer of plump blackberry fruit, a note of grilling and soft violets as well. The attack is fresh, the fruit well delivered in tasty waves, leading to a succulent finish. Good, true St Jo, has the squeeze-ease of the southern sector (tasted blind). Very joli vin. From mid 2016 to tuck the finish in together. 12.5°. 4,500 b. €13.80 export. 2020-21  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

dark colour; generous nose, a good filling of suave black berry fruit, has a coulis style, is fluid, with a minor floral note. This has a good, springy attack, offers plenty of immediate dark berry fruit, builds a little power-glow as it travels. Fine, powdered tannins show on the finish. Pretty good, and vintage accurate wine. It is laced with a little mineral cut that renders it agile. There is a hint of oak on the aftertaste. 12.5°. 4,000 b. €13.80 at the cellars. From spring 2016. 2024-26  Jan 2015

2012

dark, shiny robe. Abundant, open air of blackberry, a good start here, open arms appeal on the bouquet, which gives droplets of juice, light salt. This is a glistening start. The palate also offers generous fruiting, is very much in the here and now, a w.o.w. wine with mild tannins that season the finish, bringing a minor crunch. Party time, sociable setting wine, fun and games. A perfect picture of 2012 here. 12.5°. €13 at the cellars, 3,600 b. To 2018  Nov 2013

2011

mainly dark robe. Black berry, black wine gum air, a little vegetal and mineral side to the nose, a mulled raspberry present. The palate has a “steely” debut; the fruit is taut, held in by still raw tannins and a bite of acidity. The fruit withers towards the finish, leaving a vacant moment. Food will help it, but the balance is a question, and this is a stretched wine. 12.5°. To 2017.  Nov 2012

2010 ()

plenty of robe- dark colour. Nutty, black fruit air, black olives – an air of southern climes to this, wee tar notes that I associate with the southern zone of St Jo (tasted blind), and a touch of rose petal, flowers. The palate has a tint of old oak in it, a yeastiness in the black berry fruit. There is good, lively early juice, the red berries of St Jean-de-Muzols. It offers plenty of gras and flesh, ends on a dry puckering. It is nearly ready, needs food. The dry, rather attenuated finish is an issue. 12.5°. To 2017 Nov 2011

2009

full dark red, black. “Shiny”, black berry jam air – good layers of black fruit, ripeness, oak and smoke hover in the background. The palate commences with tarry black fruit which is ripe and direct, takes on oak-clipped tannins that can integrate within a year. Late, clean, efficient fruit. Pretty good around 2014. Bottled already. 2018-19 Nov 2010

2008

bright red cherry fruit nose. Direct, zappy palate fruit, has acidity to drive it along. A direct hit wine, OK if drunk solo and chilled a bit. To 2011. Dec 2009