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Syrah (mid-1980s-late 1990s) from S/S-E facing granite slopes, destemmed, 18-20 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 40-50% new-5 year 600-litre oak casks, 40-50% new-6 year 228-litre oak casks, new cask total 15%, can also be aged up to 20% concrete vat 12 months, fined, filtered, 20,000 b

2017 ()

(casks) dark robe, black centre. The nose is pretty thorough, shows oak with a concerted depth of black fruits, a neat note of violet hovering above. It’s an interesting start. The palate is well-filled, carries lots of expressive black fruits, with bright tannins, neat oaking, too. This is high quality St Jo, a wine with authentic virtues, good heart and life, really entertains. The fruit dashes around, is most appealing. 13.5°. From 2020. 2032-34 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark and appealing robe. The nose has an attractive aroma, with a bonny freshness within its black fruit airs, a note of treacle sweetness under that. The palate gives a flavour of mulberry fruits with a sideline of slightly grilled tannins. There is lively fruit front and back, the middle just dips a little. The aftertaste is well-fruited. From 2019. 2024-25 Nov 2017

2015

(casks/vat) dark and full red. The nose is led by an essence of blackberry and prune fruit, also licorice and some tea leaves mineral. The palate bears cool blueberry and cassis fruit with swift on the scene tannins and their grain crunch. The inner fruit is handsome, pure. This is a well structured, serious, high quality 2015 St Jo. 13°. From 2019. 2029-32 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks/vat) dark robe. Grilling and blackberry mark the bouquet, a pulp of berries with a slightly sweet centre. The palate runs with attractive raspberry fruit, has a cool 2014 vintage clarity, and finishes with lift. Its red fruit and calm roundness suggest the southern sector (tasted blind). It drinks OK now, has a nice traditional style, keeps going well. 13°. To 2020  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) dark, swirling robe. Meaty, plummy aroma, has ample fruiting, a plush intro here, a note of sweetness and flowers. The fruit has an intense quality, a real depth of blackberry, that lingers well, also. Clean, tarred finish, with the 2013 style of light powdered tannins that close it, rendering the texture grainy there. 13°. From mid-2016. 2024-25  Jan 2015

2012 ()

(bottling in 2 weeks) dark robe; there is an air of oily darkness in the nose, a true line of black berry fruit, licorice – it goes along well, is open and pretty full, the fruit ripe. The palate is clearly-fruited, has a good, purposeful glide; this is a soon to drink St Joseph with sleek coating in the blueberry fruit, a touch of prune from the ripeness of the crop, which brings gras richness to it. It doesn’t have the verve of the really breezy 2012s. From mid-2014. To 2019  Nov 2013

2011

(bottling in 2 weeks) full robe. Has an inky style bouquet – offers blackberry liqueur, some red meat droplets and an appealing low-key floral, violet sprinkle, along with cocoa notes; the fruit is ripe, not overdone. The palate holds the intricate grain of the granite slopes, as it says on the label, Les Coteaux. A good terroir wine, STGT style – it combines elegant black fruit with a vineyard spark of truth. The fruit moves well through it, and finishes clearly, showing crushed dusty stones. Varied and interesting. From spring 2014. 2023-25  Nov 2012

 

2010

(casks) full robe; the nose plays a waiting game, has ripe and layered black fruit, is not showing clearly or definitely today, has a floral hint. The palate is supple, generous, nearly gourmand. Has an utterly round shape, is very textured, a shade static. Ripe, “can I be your friend” tannins at the end. From 2014 for more character and interest. Ripe crop on display, the growers sought roundness (tasted blind). The length is OK, and the aftertaste has juice in it. 2021-23 Nov 2011

2009 ()

(casks) bright, dark-tinted robe. Nutty, snappy outer air to the nose, good sleek black fruit within, a little cut of mineral in it. Gently scented violet in the palate black fruit that has good late grip, even if the tannins are a shade powdery. Black olives tastes in the flavour indicate the ripeness of the crop. A wine of some structure, needs time. I hope its compressed finish can come round and open, soften. Decant. From 2013. 2020-22 Nov 2010

2008 ()

(casks) red with a little mauve at the top. Sultry, reductive, gamey notions on the nose – the fruit has sweetness, and the oak lends a toffee air. The palate leads with scented black fruit – this has the style of the soft southern zone of St Jo (tasted blind), mulled red fruits en route to jam. There are sticky areas the end from its oak for now. From late 2010. To 2014. Dec 2009

2007

the robe is still a good dark red; the nose gives a small berry image, a little damp sous-bois, forest woods floor in the picture. The fruit resembles soaked berries, is a bouquet evolving with a steady hand – there is both a mineral and a fig jam aspect present. The palate links well to the nose, bears cooked fruits, has tight, mineral sides with a maturing gras richness. It finishes freshly, with a dart of darkness and kick from its tannins and oak. 13°. 2020-21  Jan 2015 Previously March 2009 ***(*) full red robe. The nose is reductive, so decant this: the main fruit aroma is black berries. There is a sound layer of black fruit on the palate, but the reduction plays a strong role in sealing the wine tight. The length is good. This can certainly show well, for instance from late 2009. 2014-15. Bottled Dec 2008. “The 2007 reds are capricious at the moment – March 2009; our Les Coteaux was very much on the fruit until February 2009, then it gained a strong note of reduction.” Eric Durand. March 2009

2006 ()

bright black-red robe; biscuity black fruit on the nose, plays a waiting game for now after its bottling two days ago. Good fruit on the palate, with a crisp tone and a cherry and black berries flavour, runs on well. Good, live drinking, with good length and a clear finale. Some tannin peps it up, and the fruit is lucid here. 2011-12 Dec 2007

2005

full robe with plenty of black at its centre; the full bouquet is bursting out – smoky, olive-tapenade, leather: it is broad and open, and has latent power – there is a big vintage here. Its palate black fruit has a rich, rolling appeal; there is a lot of well-packed ripeness, with the support of good, quietly firm tannins. There is a little “cool” mineral in here – it is never heated up nor fleshy, just well filled. Very beau, assured balance. There is a suggestion of Cornas in it – a violet-mineral mix. Still young and perky. 13°. 2014-16 Oct 2007, Paris Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) full, dark robe; pretty ripe black fruit on the nose – simmered black berries laced with some spice. Black berry flavour – the fruit is live, the wine vigorous. Tannins are peppery and on the go. A wine bursting with energy. From 2008 – the tannins are still punchy, and need that moment to move into line. A few olives in the late flavour bring a southern tone to the aftertaste. 2014-16 Nov 2006

2004 ()

mature, gummy fruit aroma with a friendly ease, in the southern St Jo style. Uneven palate - starts off round and fruited, then comes and goes, as if not fully integrated yet. Fruit is agreeable but not apparent all the way through. It is a bit short, and the aftertaste is burnt. Better in mid-2007 onwards, can move a little forwards. April 2006

2003 ()

ripe, nice black fruits with a meaty, mineral trimming on bouquet. Full, black fruits attack, has a good, solid core. Berried fruit at end, is clear, mineral and tannic at end. True Syrah fruit here. 13.9°. 2012-13 "I would eat sauced meat such as blanquettes of veal with this," Eric Durand. April 2006 Previously (casks) *** grilled, black fruit aromas; solid, clear-cut fruit, some oiliness. From 2008 maybe. Length sound. 10-12 years.

2002 ()

quite full bouquet, vegetal and smoky. Low-key palate, compact jam fruit. Some richness towards finish, and length there. Good enough for now, more I suspect on a high pressure day. 2008. Dec 2004 Previously (casks) **(*) degree of aroma; just three-quarter weight, decent fruit, redcurrant. Drink within five years.

2001 ()

some advance, gamey/herb aroma. Stewed fruits, dense, compact ripe cherries. Some end oak. Entering a holding phase after first flourish. 2005-06 on. 2012-14 Dec 2003 Previously ***(*) violet/cinnamon, ripe fruits nose; chewy, frank black fruit flavour, pepper/mint side. Persists, vigorous, tannins good. Softer from 2005/06. 2011-13

2000

ripe, harmonious bouquet; discreet richness, suave tannins, some spice. Vintage comes through - stylish roundness. 2009-10

1999 ()

dense, quite stewed bouquet, a rustic density. Nicely ripe palate, honest wine, decent length. 2006-08