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100% Syrah (late 1990s) from sanded granite soils on La Tolondière at 350 metres at Saint-Désirat, destemmed, 3 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, raised 80% 2-8 year 228-litre oak casks, 20% vat 11-12 months, fined, unfiltered, 18,000 b

2018

very dark robe; there are suggestions of black fruit, prune in a thick aroma on the nose. The palate has a coated make-up, on cassis fruit with licorice, a note of oak; it extends pretty surely, holds together. The close is solid. This is inky St Jo, country wine with rather imposing density. 13°. 18,000 b. Bottled Nov 2019. €14. From 2021-22. 2029-31 Feb 2020