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Serine (1949) from 0.52 hectare on granite soils on La Ribaudy & Syrah (1981) from 0.398 hectare on granite soils on La Ribaudy, from 2017 Syrah (2014) from 0.1958 hectare on granite soils on La Ribaudy, vineyard faces north, receives North Wind, 70-80% destemmed, wild yeasts, 18-21 day concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching by leg work, aged 15-20% new, 85-80% 1-20 year 600-litre oak casks 18 months, unfined, filtered, 5-10,000 b


(cask, bottling spring 2020) dark red; notes of oak thicken the bouquet, which has elegant black cherry fruit within, a note of licorice. The palate is gourmand, open and rolling, holds lots of juice and squeezy content, munchy tannins. The tannins are still grainy, and this needs leaving until 2022. It’s a pleaser wine, conveys the sun. It’s just ****. €13.80 export via Thorman Hunt, GB. 2031-33 Nov 2019


(casks) dark red; has a joli, promising nose on cherry fruit, red cherries, with raspberry, also licorice – it’s stylish and well together. This is enjoyably juicy and flowing, kind tannins well fitting in. This has good, poised length. This is refined, enchanting St Jo, accessible early. 13°. €13.80 export. 2028-30 Nov 2018


full, dark robe, a black centre. The bouquet gives a neatly sweet aroma of black cherries, touches of licorice and soft flowers, along with its oaking. The palate is well in tune with the nose, carries an easy gras richness with mild tannins plugged in. This has a serene nature, is a stylish, well made St Jo, presses the pleasure button well. The fruit is pure, sensuous. The aftertaste is aromatic, floral in leaning, reveals a little oak. It’s close to ready, perhaps from mid-2018 to fine tune the finish. 13°. 2023-24 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) shiny and dark red robe. The nose is open, with all hands on deck, gives a bowl of soaked black cherries with accompanying sweetness, has a curvy aspect. The palate is fired up with immediate, assertive red fruits and tangy, rock face tannins. This is nice and raw, elemental, and will be a good, true glass of St Jo in time. It breathes strength from within along the palate. The finish rests on tannins that need to soften. It’s lovely, sustained wine, has real drive. From mid-2019. 2028-30. Oct 2016


(casks) dark robe. Blackberry features on the first aroma, a softly simmered fruits air, some low-key sweetness. The palate runs with juicy, succulent fruit that is easy to appreciate, and also goes long. This is shapely, orderly St Jo with good juice to tempt the drinker. The tannins are mild, and it can be drunk from mid-2016. 12.9°. 8,000 b. 70% destemmed. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) dark red, pretty full robe. Has an interesting nose with mystery lurking: there are airs of flowers such as rose, prune, sweet tea, and a note of meatiness or animal. The palate holds supple dark berry fruit, that is followed by some tarry, toned tannins. The final stages are cool, clear. This is close to ready. Grilled foods better with it than solo drinking. 13°. Only 5,000 b. 2019-20  Jan 2015


(casks) dark robe, purple tints. This has a cautious nose of some potential, a hum of squeezy black fruits, low-key sweetness. The palate presents an interesting mix of fluid black berry fruit and mineral, also infused tea, with violet pockets. A cultured, stylish northern zone St Jo with the peppery instincts of its place. The oak requires 18 to 24 months to settle, currently leaving a caramel late note. From 2016. 10,000 b. 13°. 2022-23  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) mainly dark robe. Roasted, toasted air with a topping of oak above its quiet layer of blackberry, along with light floral drifts – a pretty good start. The palate fruit has a soaked red cherries centre, some style; it ticks over gently, and is genuine, not forced along. A late cluster of nutty tannins comes along. This isn’t especially deep, a is a wine that glides along, is a light tread Saint-Joseph. It can be expressive and pleasing around 2015. To 2019-20.  Nov 2012


refined red robe; the aroma hits a beautiful chord, really excites, is as clear as crystal, red fruit-cherry-violets-pot pourri dried flowers, licorice. There is great delineation on the palate, mineral droplets en direct from the granite. This is fluid, aromatic, Burgundian, has real Northern Rhône precision, ace wine. It’s from an era of less high heat, so there’s balance and detail, down to the sprinkles of rose petals on the finish, the length lovely and refined. This is à point, right on the money now. What a great vintage is 2010. It’s up to a beef fillet on Day One, but on Day Two is like a velvet glove with barbecued chicken legs marinaded in garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, black pepper, Dijon mustard. It can continue to 2030, say. No wonder I bought a case. May 2020 Previously Sept 2012 ***** bright, medium depth purple colour; this has a fresh, racy nose, what abundance! It gives brambly fruit, flowers, a coulis of blackberry in the fruiting, also licorice and a hint of tobacco – a delightful start. Hey ho – this is a real Road runner on the palate- a fabulous expression of Syrah black berry fruit. The texture is supple, it is quietly long, its balance is in order. It has lovely drinkability, ending freshly and clearly. I expect it to thicken as it matures, around 2016-17. The many, glorious virtues of 2010 Northern Rhône lie in this glass. Light touch, extremely pretty wine. 13°. 2021-22  Sept 2012


steady red robe. Smoky, dark crushed fruit air backed by licorice, tobacco; ripe fruit, jam airs lie within – this has more “beef” in it than the more airborne, subtle 2010 Gloriette. The fruit resembles simmered black berries, blackcurrants and the suggestion of southern herbs evokes a ripe year. The palate has a solid, wide start, with a noticeable lining of tannins which frame it with a grain fencing. This is Solid Citizen wine, not yet varied; it will be more interesting if left to allow loosening of its tight weave. From late 2014 or 2015 for more variety and stimulus. Genuine wine. 13°. 2021-22  Sept 2012


quite dark robe. Brewed aroma with damp notes, evolving mulberry, a bit of smoke. Red berry fruit with something of the confit jam in it on the palate; it ends on aromatic red berry, strawberry which is a lighter than usual association here (ie the vintage's struggle to ripen). The length is OK. The fruit ticks over on the finish, better than many 2008s. Good CHR (café-hotel-restaurant or on-trade) wine. 13°. 2014-15 July 2010 Previously Nov 2009 *** (5 year 600-litre oak casks) quite dark, three-quarter depth red; willing, rather wide nose – red cherry fruit, smoky airs, roast pork. Likeable red fruit leads the palate, delivered with a clear ring, and a gradual rise in tannin at the end. A slow burn wine, one that will gain with time. Its fruit lingers. It has a Burgundian profile, so be patient. From 2011. 2018-20. “It was more rustic than our other Saint-Joseph, astringent, with harder tannins. Its malo didn`t occur until the spring, but it gained a lot in volume after that,” Lionel Faury. Nov 2009


level red plum colour; careful, precise aroma – it is not yet out and about, but presents red fruits with a hint of spice, then soft waves of raisin, cocoa, leather. The palate is still upright; its fruit is tinkly clear, backed by moderate gras that has a sensible weight. It has attractive red fruit at heart, the mid-palate is squeezy in texture, then it ends firmly. From 2011. 2018-19 Nov 2009 Previously Dec 2008 **** (casks) full, quite dark robe; ripe black cherry fruit air springs from the glass, its berry fruit lingering well. It is accompanied by some prune, simmered blackberry and raspberry. The palate is round and wide, bearing savoury black fruits with a violet-tannin infusion on the finish. Good fruit, good juice here. It gives charm and fruit, with support from some ripe tannin – balance and harmony are to come as it ages a little more. From mid-2010. 2016-18 Dec 2008


full, dark cherry robe; the aroma exudes raspberry with a mint liqueur infusion, and some meatiness – is all pretty ripe and open. The palate black fruit has a scented nature and runs well and clearly. This is nicely faithful to its place, towards being STGT wine. The late tannins button it up, so it ends with a clear, peppery nudge that is pretty. 2016-18 Dec 2007


lightly brewed aroma, quite fruit, a little violet with some fungal undertone. Very good kick of Syrah fruit on start, is tight-knit and purely cut. Good length, clear-cut finale, where the fruit is scented. This is very stylish. There isn't a big heart to it but the texture is very refined. 2014-16 February 2006


thrusting, typical Syrah nose - tar, black berries, is quite broad. Elegant, suave, well-knit black jam flavour, with a scented, violet aftertaste. Harmonious and true, the age of the Syrah vines adds definite richness. Will tighten up, and by 2008 best to be drunk in autumn/winter. STGT wine. 2012-14 Sept 2005 Previously (cask) **** dark robe; southern, near-garrigue style bouquet of violets/herbs. Essence of black fruits, warm but not sweet, well composed, correct structure. Tinge of end oak, balance pretty good, tannins, too. 2007 on. 2018-20

2002 ()

(cask) some blackberry, reduced aroma, fair depth; decent quality, quite firm fruit, OK for the year. Was softer earlier, and longer. Still has the firm finish, though. 2009-10

2000 ()

broad, open nose - red fruit/animal; raspberry, lasts discreetly, some end tannin. Smooth, but more oomph welcome. 2007-08