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Syrah (early 1990s) from granite soils at Charnas, destemmed, 5 day pre-fermentation crop cooling, 23-28 day steel vat vinification at 30°C, then maceration at 28°C, aged 50% new, 50% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 12 months (until mid-2000s was aged 2-year oak 12 months), fined, filtered, called Les Reines since early 2010s, 12,000-21,000 b

2018 ()

matt-hued dark red; the nose gives an aroma of stewed red fruits, a jumble of sweetness, with a nutshells siding. The palate also reflects sweet fruits, strawberry jam, has a gradually sustained offer of cooked fruits with tannins that are rather fuzzy. It’s a country style wine that will be drunk early, since it’s low on freshness. The aftertaste involves gummy, sticky tannins. 14°. 20,650 b. €18.50. From mid-2020. 2026-27 Nov 2019

2015 ()

(casks) bright, dark red robe. The nose gives clear, well struck black fruit with a note of licorice and dust beyond. It has quiet detail, precision. The palate is closely knit, crunchy, the fruit sleek but only issued in limited amounts. It has a touch of herbes de Provence towards the finish, with a genuine build in intensity there, leaving a slightly square shape for now. This has good heart, depth, punch. 14°. €9.50 export. From mid-2018. 2025-27 Oct 2016

2013

dark plum colour; the nose gives mulled fruits, a slightly sweet aroma, loganberry, mulberry. The palate bears mature fruit with a sweet red jam middle. The tannins are supple on the finish, which is round, orderly. Sound St Jo for country foods, ready now. 13°. €8.91 ex cellars. 2019-20  Jan 2015

2010

(casks) dark, shiny robe. Oak-speckled, middle zone St Joseph black fruit (tasted blind) that is less peppered than the more northern zone fruit, shows blackberry with a bit of pistachio. The palate sets off well, the black fruit is accommodating, nicely supple but has good support from some aromatic tannins. Oak lies here and there, is not excessive. Very genuine, cleanly made St Jo. The aftertaste is round, a bit of a floral tone there. Good length. From mid-2012 to ease some of its oak. 2016-17 Nov 2011

2009 ()

dark red, some black tints. Smoky, oak-bacon fat aroma that is tight for the moment, is rather chunky, shows black cherry fruit, gives off a slightly “high” note. Crisp, steely black fruit on the palate, with oak driving it along. It ends on that cut, needs two+ years to come together. There is fair richness in the later stages, so it can achieve that. From late 2012. To 2017. Nov 2010

2006

mild red. The nose is maturing, has violet, east red plum fruit airs. The palate drinks as a solo without food wine, but can accompany dishes. Has fine grain tannins inside the red fruit. Near its top now, very correct. It offers a safe variety, and its piano style gives a glimpse of modest terroir rather than being a child of the terroir. Floral notes on the end. To 2012. Sept 2010

2004 ()

good, dark robe. Bursting, live bouquet with a down-home zone in it - game/farmyard. Bold, black fruits attack, but a little too extracted and oaked to sit really comfortably. The content is quite rich, but there are uneven moments on both bouquet and palate. Modern, me-too school of vinification, though some local feel possible from 2007-08. 2011-12 April 2006

2003 ()

oak on bouquet gives it a dry overlay. Straight, modern wine - glimpse of black fruit then plenty of oak. Northern St Jo style, with peppered black fruit, some coolness in it. Leave till 2007 to absorb the oak. 2012-13

2001

clear, quite decisive fruit aroma; suave, pretty fruit and violet on palate. Good, warm length. Very correct, early wine.