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100% Syrah from 19 hectare vineyard on Côte Diane near Saint-Etienne-de-Valoux, hand harvested, destemmed, 15-18 day vinification, aged 33% new, 67% 1-2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, 70,000 b

2017 ()

dark colour, black present. The nose is a chocolate box thanks to its oaking, has a steady interior of black berry fruit. The palate garners a suave content, presents cassis fruit with fat attached, the tannins ripe. Its oak surfaces a touch on a charcoal-smoke aftertaste. It’s a touch on the technical, arm’s length side, but can fuse and provide sound drinking. 13.5°. From mid-2020. It is bottled already. 2029-30 Dec 2018

2016 ()

dark red robe, purple rim. Black cherries, oak lead the nose, the oak prominent. The palate has a cool tenor, its black fruits running clearly and smoothly, the tannins nicely ripe and inside. This gives a sound glass of St Jo, with immediate fruit. The aftertaste is rounded, tidy. Can be drunk now. 13.5°. 70,000 b. 2021-22 Nov 2017

2006

black robe, thorough hue. Mildly fruited nose – a little snap of pistachio nuts, red fruits and reduction in the air. The palate starts with fenced in red fruits that are on a narrow, edgy track. Late on the fruit eases, and shows a gummy, red pastille side. Not in harmony as yet. To 2011. Dec 2007

2000 ()

spicy, peppery nose; chewy, structure with the fruit. Mature flavour. To 2005-06.