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1997 Syrah from gneiss, sandy granite, gravel & schist soils on steep southern, central zone hills, destemmed, 4 day pre-fermentation crop cooling, no crushing, 25 day vinification, daily cap punchings, aged 60-70% vat, 35-40% 2-6 year 228-litre oak casks 11-12 months, filtered, "drink with game, turkey with chestnuts", 8-12,000 b

2017

(vat/casks) sturdy, dark robe, mainly black. The bouquet is curvy, filled with bright black berry fruit, cassis, and crème de menthe, low-key oaking to the fore. The palate is a serene, polished, gourmand affair, holds suave gras, ample juice, stylish red fruits at its heart. The oak introduces a note of toffee on the lip smacking finish. It’s a well made, well mannered St Jo: drink from mid-2020. 13.4°. 2034-36 Dec 2018

2016

(vat/casks) dark robe. The bouquet has a calm presence, offers black fruits that are clear and appealing. There is a little smoky mystery, a line of lead pencil clarity. It’s a promising start. The palate gives enjoyable black fruits with a free roll of juicy flavour, the fruit pressing on well to the aftertaste. This is stylish, well balanced, clear St Jo, suited to duck breast, tuna, modern cuisine. From spring 2018. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(cask/vat) shiny, deep robe, black with a purple rim. The nose gives liquid, deep coulis of cassis with a note of ripe blueberry. It’s a pure start, still very juvenile. The palate bears lovely, tasty dark fruits with real polish in the tannins that fit cosily around the suave gras. This has southern sector elegance and appeal, is a spherical wine with fine detail. A delightful glass awaits. 13.4°. 12,000 b. US$29.90 Margaux Wine. From spring 2018. 2025-27 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks/vat) deep dark red robe. The bouquet has an oily intensity, leads on curvy blackberry fruit, has sun in its veins, a note of black olives. The palate delivers a smoky bacon, black cherry flavour, travels with gusto, and is full of life on the finish. It is open, accomplished, very good, sophisticated, very long St Jo. 13°. From spring 2017. 2022-23  Oct 2015 

2013

(casks/vat) good, dark robe. Rosemary, savoury aroma, with a soaked, coulis style black fruits heart to the bouquet – a good start. The palate offers open, juicy fruit from the off; it is well centred, and carries to the finish in this vein, cassis foremost. This is a tasty meatball! The tannins are round, and the wine has a near succulent style on the finish. Suited to fine flavours at the table. Delightful, genuine and rather stylish, w.o.w. wine that is brilliantly drinkable. There is just a little knot of oak on the finish, so drink from mid-2015. 13°1. 12,000 b. To 2020  GB £18 Tanners Wines www.tanners-wines.co.uk  USA US$29 Margaux Company www.margauxandcompany.com  Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks/vat) dark robe. There is an oily thrust, a good strike of cassis and mulberry liqueur on the bouquet – the effect encourages you to want to put this on your vanilla ice cream! The palate starts richly – fat is on parade – it rolls around with that. There are attractive scented moments, and an engaging abundance. Lots of pleasure for spaghetti Bolognese, chicken stews. From mid-2014. 13°. 8,000 b. To 2019  Nov 2013

2011

(casks, release spring 2013) dark robe, all the way up. Cassis, blackcurrant fruit comes in an intense bouquet that is very tightly knit, shows vanilla pod. There is an interesting mix to this, comes with different angles – meat stock, sweet tea, flowers. The palate starts on a mix of black cherry, blackberry, the flavour swish; there is copious fruit here. Tannins add a touch of crispness and grain. The palate will entice around mid-2014, has a near w.o.w. potential. A good Saint-Joseph. 2018-19  Nov 2012

2010

full red, shiny robe; bright blackberry and mulberry fruit air, some bacon and rubber - plenty of depth and vigour on the nose. The berry fruit is tasty, spreads liberally around the palate, its juiciness the hallmark of the 2010 vintage. There is a slight pinching towards the finish as the acidity of the fresh nights kicks in, a spot of unfinished business. Interesting wine, with floral undertones in the raspberry fruit on the aftertaste. Tannins need a year or so. Late 2013-2021-22. £14.95 at Tanners GB is good value. Nov 2012   Previously Nov 2010 **** (vat/casks) good, shiny dark red with black traces. Has a spring-heeled bouquet, life in it – it is a mix of black berry fruit and salty, light tar, then a follow-on that is violet. It is not that deep, but has character. The nose connects well to the palate – bears supple black berry fruit, all easy to drink, has squeeze and freshness, some late salinity. Touch of late pepper, and its tannins are ripe. This can be drunk solo, is a w.o.w. wine, also good with foods that have not been sauced – direct flavours. Marks for not being too sweety-pie, like several domaines` wines this year. To 2016. Nov 2011

2009 ()

(casks) quite a full red; sweet, scented aroma, mulled red fruits, raspberry is prominent, some hazy summer flowers. Raspberry liqueur attack, is fleshy and open, runs on steadily with decent late width and purpose. It ends on a good, slightly graphite, mineral cut. Promising, close to ready. Commendable natural virtues, not overdone. 2016-17 Nov 2010

2007 ()

full robe; dark, smoky bouquet – good blackberry at its heart, floral airs as well. Suave, pretty black fruit on the palate, which is mineral-flecked - a good little nerve in it to keep it fresh. The finish is refined. Good, pure wine – it is more classical than the zappy fruit-only style, and very good buying if you can track it down. Best with food. 2013-14 Dec 2008 Previously Jan 2008 **(*) cask 1 ** from 2002-03 Syrah on Les Rochets (steep, east facing slope) at Ozon, white pepper leads cherry fruit on the bouquet; red fruits float around the palate, with a spice and green pepper, and menthol on the finish. Cask 2, **(*), from Sarras, red soil on granite, malo not yet done – bit of black in the robe; cohesive red fruit aroma, nice and calm. The palate has measured richness – there is a nice little core for this, which is 20% of the wine; cask 3, **(*) from Sarras and Ozon, 65% of the wine, 1987 Syrah, a little red-black in the robe; black cherry, black pepper, licorice aroma. The palate black berry fruit has a languid feel, a bonny simplicity and flow. The tannins are well entered, the length is sound. OVERALL **(*) wine with a little bite in its fruit, and apt for barbecue style food I suspect; will have a little freshness to keep it brisk. 5-6 year wine. Jan 2008

2006

some black in the robe - black plum hue. The bouquet holds some crunchy fruit that is nicely delivered, without obvious cellar effort. Some nutty, grilled airs, too. The fruit starts with some pep in it, then softens and proceeds with a tannic undercurrent. A bit dumb on the finish. Shows some crème de cassis late on, plus the tannins. From the spring of 2009. Pure, and persists in an understated way, the hallmark of this domaine. 2013. Jan 2008

2004 ()

black cherry colour. Prune, tar aromas on a grilled bouquet. Mineral-flecked flavour, this shows the vintage freshness. The black fruits persist, there is a clean manner to it, with sound depth. Is rather slight on the finish, then a mineral/tea aftertaste. 2009-10 April 2006

2003

(cask) very full robe; ripe, touch cooked, southern black fruit bouquet, good depth. Evident fat, has rich black blueberry, almost prune fruit. Subtle end tannins, good potential. Approachable, but esp 2007 on. 2013-14 March 2004