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The Wines

100% Syrah from St Just (1950), Lubac (2007) & from 2018 Sainte-Épine (1930s) all at St Jean-de-Muzols, loose, sanded granite & loess soils, 80-100% destemmed, 2-3 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, very little cap punching, aged 1-3 year 228-litre with a few 600-litre oak casks 12 months, unfiltered, 1st bottling 2,000 b after 12 months, 2nd bottling 4,000 b after 15 months, 6,000 b

2018

dark robe; the nose is tender, on blackberry, black cherry, loganberry fruit, a willing abundance, has salt notes, too. A bouncy attack serves immediate, joli fruit, lengthens well into a dark finale. It takes on powder tannins, lots of juice with darkness, tar, cocoa towards the finish. Good length, freshness here, touches of salt, fine grain tannin. For the first time this includes wine from Sainte-Épine, which used to go into Pépé. It’s a St Jo of character. 14°. 80% destemmed. Bottled two weeks ago. €20. 2026-27 Dec 2019

2016 ()

attractive red robe. Has an easy raspberry aroma that comes with a little sweet curve, has a gentle appeal, airs of rose petals and hints of herbs. The palate has the thread of sanded rocks running through it, holds a squeezy gras, with raspberry liqueur in the flavour, and a gradual build of tannin towards the finish, some late darkness. This style reminds me of Jean-Claude Marsanne, whom he should visit. It’s authentic St Jo. 13°. Bottled Sept 2017. €15 at the cellars. 2021-22 Nov 2017