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late 1970s Syrah from same name site at Mauves, whole bunch fermentation in open wood vats, 2-3 week vinification, daily cap punching, aged 3-5 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, 6,500 b

2007 ()

quite a full robe; confident red jam fruit aroma that is just a little sealed up for now, also has a wee violet undertone. The palate has a slight road tar effect, a spring of direct fruit, and pushes on with a clear tone. Good length. Has a nice, clear-cut pebbly end: this is a good version of the traditional style Saint-Joseph. The clarity comes from its high, windy site. 2012-13 March 2009

2006

bright red plum robe; biscuity, nutty nose with a good, black fruit, smoky interior. The palate is floral, with good integrity in the fruit – this is really good totting wine that gives lots of pleasure, and is true to its origins. It ends on a little burst of tannin, the finish is clear. Can drink solo, sans food. Fun, w.o.w. wine. Has a mineral thread. 2011-12 March 2009