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Syrah mainly from granite soils on Aubert (1978-1993), plus La Roue (1930s), at St-Jean-de-Muzols, 70% destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling 4-5 days at 10-12°C, wild yeasts, 25-30 day vinification at 28°C, twice daily pumping overs, 2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged 88% 4-5 year old 400-litre oak casks & 12% large 30 hl barrel 13 months, then tank, also has been called Vieilles Vignes, unfiltered, 19-26,000 b


(casks) dark colour, shine in it. The bouquet gives a clear, filled aroma of licorice and black Morello cherry, is flecked with oak. The palate bears suave content, rolls along with lissom black-fruited matter and refined, fine grain tannins, ending in agreeably rounded fashion. There is a sound tick-tock at its heart, notes of finesse that appeal. 13°. 25,330 b. €18. From mid-2021. 2032-34 Nov 2019

2017 ()

(casks/large barrel) very dark robe; the nose is undetermined, has a couch of firm dark fruit, is stubborn, lacks openness, charm. It feels extracted on the palate, holds firm red fruited content with a swift arrival of dry, demanding tannins bound up with oak. It lacks clarity, and ease of gras. From 2020. 2028-29 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark red colour; The bouquet is neat, combines licorice with soft black cherry fruit airs that are lightly sweet. The palate bears easy styled black fruits with another bout of trim sweetness towards the finish. There is an implication of oak via a vanilla pod flavour. This ends calmly, quietly, the aftertaste cool. It has been made with restraint, is sleek. 13.5°. 25,250 b. Whole bunch fermentation. From mid-2018. 2027-29 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(casks) deep and dark, handsome robe. The nose runs with some reduction; there is a brewed fruits, earthy air inside, with notions of prune, date – a southern climes origin. The palate bears fat content, a ball of gras that rolls all along without hesitation. It’s a sweet-noted wine, without the elegance of the best, but drinks honestly. There is a lip-smacking finale, which wells up with some charge. It could be a touch more refined. 13.5°. 19,000 b. €10 export. From mid-2018. 2027-29 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) dark red colour. The nose presents an air of blackberry fruit with a grilled side to it, a notion of soaked raspberries, damp forest. The palate is expressive, and runs freely with bonny fruit and a natural, unforced gras richness. The finish gives rounded matter, some fruit lozenges, a note of fine grain, as if from powdery granite. True wine here, STGT moments. 12.5°. 19,000 b. €15 at the cellars. From spring 2016. 2025-27  Oct 2015 


(casks) dark, shiny robe. The nose has a good, oily intensity, presents drifts of herbes de Provence, thyme, and squeezy cassis fruit: this is a bonny welcome. The palate is supple on the attack; it bears traditional, unforced winemaking virtues – there is good fleshiness, notes of tar and chocolate, dark raisin, as it ends. Authentic, STGT, a wine of character from the southern granite hills. Drifts of  violet bring in a tender note on the finish, which is grainy and has grip. Truth in the glass. 12.5°. €14.90 at the cellars. From mid-2015. 2024-26  Jan 2015

2012 ()

(casks) dark colour. The nose is full, with game and reduction in the lead role, and brewed black fruit within, gives a slight liqueur, coulis angle. The fruit is ripe to the point of almost being high. The palate delivers fluid black fruit with a meaty angle, a bound of depth from that on the second half. Wine for la table, stews and country foods – this is traditional St Joseph for such dishes, with sound carry along the palate. From 2015. 12.5°. 2023-25  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark robe. Simmered cassis, blackcurrant, well-weighted nose, licorice present. It has its own, safe harmony, gives a low-key note of grain and dust. The palate connects well to the nose – the fruit runs well, has a tasty drop of sweetness, is nice and fluid all through. It ends on a darker, more tannic-tar note, which is in keeping. The fruit carries well, and it has a fresh exit. 2023-25  Nov 2012


bright red; a floral-raspberry-mulberry aroma features in a well struck nose, rose hop perfume, meat and lead pencil, low-key complexity. The palate delivers bright, running fruit with flair, sustains very well, is rather manly, barks its granite terroir (tasted blind), is STGT wine with good tannic thrust on the close. 12.5°. 2034-36 May 2018 Previously Nov 2011 **** (vat, pre-bottle) dark robe; free run of black berry, mulberry fruit aroma, violet, rose petal with them. Shows a hint of tannin and “darkness”, an of the soil nature. Closed, robust start to the palate, with firm tannins lining its borders. Violet is again prominent on the finish, along with its all-together blackberry and prune flavour. A ripe density takes it towards a chocolate flavour that has a little to do with young oak, shows toffee on the aftertaste. A rocking wine, is long. Good to drink on its exuberance and local feel – STGT wine. From mid-2012. 2024-26 Nov 2011


full robe. Compact red berry fruit aroma, with frim airs lying in wait, a nutty aspect from its raising – I wonder if it has been raised in old casks (tasted blind). Purposeful push of black fruit on the palate - this is not 100% clear-cut, has fuzzy, slight game undertones. It ends a little acrid, disjointed. Rustic style, not polished. It can come together more, a wine that wears its heart on its sleeve, is not dandified. From 2012. 2018-20 Nov 2010


medium red robe; tender, floral, well collected bouquet, comes with reduction, a funky side. The palate is attractive, gentle, offers mild red fruit. Suited to roast lamb in rosemary, for instance. 12.5°. To 2015  Nov 2011  Previously Dec 2009 ** Terre de Granit this year: bright red. The nose is deep enough to linger – shows compact red fruits. The palate runs cleanly, has a mineral texture, good local character. A toot toot wine of beau fruit, on a w.o.w. trail. Cluster of late tannins here, after that pronounced red fruit. The bouquet can open more. 2012-13 Dec 2009


full black robe, with purple. There is a mix of black olive and blackberry on the nose – the bouquet is coherent. There is nice density of black fruit on the palate – it runs along with this taste of mature fruit, the length is sound. Traditional style wine. Has a tar aftertaste, just a bit maybe volatile in evidence here. From spring 2010. 13°. To 2016. March 2009 Previously Dec 2008 *** nice full red colour; has a gentle, floating red fruits aroma – cherries, for example – that is very typical of this zone of Saint-Joseph. The palate has an immediate STGT nature, - the red fruit is clear and relaxed. It ends a tiny bit short, dry, is a get on and drink wine – absolutely the vin simple du coin – the simple neighbourhood wine. Fair length. I would call it formally STGT if it were a bit cleaner on the finish, sorry, Guy. Another bottle was cleaner, on another day in Dec, so beware variation here. 13°. In a pichet du patron in a cheap bistrot, you would think this was a monster. Bottled July 2008. To 2010. €11 inc tax. Dec 2008