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100% Syrah from granite soils on Chabot at Tournon, a late ripening spot, destemmed, 4-5 week vinification in small concrete vats, wild yeasts, cap punching, malo in oak, aged 25% new, 75% 1-2 year old 228-litre oak casks 16-18 months, then 3 months concrete vats, unfined, filtered


(cask) very dark robe; the bouquet gives an aroma of sweet blackcurrants, nudges of mulberry and licorice. It has capacity, is filled up. The palate carries the mineral of the granite and its grain from the outset, with discreet note of violets, extends surely. It’s a bounteous wine with some restraint luckily from its terroir, a spine in it that is much needed. The black fruits are thickly put together, and it has a solid, layered finale, some oak there, the fruit lasting. From 2023, decant it. 2035-37 Dec 2020

2018 ()

(casks) dark, full robe. The nose has an air of soaked fruits, gravy stock, licorice, a hint of sweetness. The palate is soft, easy from the start, carries squeezy content, is supple all through, carries perfume on the second half, with a little powdered tannin. It is bendy, rather plush, could have a more firm tannic structure to help to define it. 13°. From mid-2020. 2030-32 Nov 2019


(casks) dark robe; the bouquet is well together, potentially stylish, has a mixed red and black berry fruits aroma, an appealing calm presence, travels with a hint of violets and bacon fat. The palate is scented, attractive, softly textured, offers gentle waves of fruit such as mulberry, lasts well, without effort. There’s a late note of blood-iron that brings lift to the conclusion. This is natural, harmonious southern sector St Jo [tasted blind]. From late-2020. 2034-36 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(casks) maybe plus healthy dark robe. The nose has a stylish depth, led by black berry fruits with a murmur of oak, hence tar, some licorice. It sets up the palate well, and that runs consecutively, carries abundant juice and an inner grapiness of the Syrah, a good display. The gras is most enjoyable, plumptious. This is a good cocktail, and will particularly please when served in a large glass around five years’ old. It is fine to drink from spring 2019. 2025-27 Nov 2017


(casks) dark, full and shiny robe. The nose is buoyed by streamlined cassis fruit, black cherry also, licorice and toasting from oak also present. The palate attacks brightly via well juiced content with a suave run until the crunchy tannins hit town. The finish is fresh, purposeful, shows no slippage. This is stylish, tuneful St Jo, suggests a good granite provenance. From 2019. 2029-31 Oct 2016

2013 ()

(casks) mottled dark red, less bright than many. The nose gives an aroma of stewed red fruits, a note of thyme, is advancing in its evolution. The palate holds red berry fruit flavours, with a line of chalky tannins as it ends. It could have more lift and a bit more body. Close to ready. A steady sort of wine. To 2019-20 GB £93/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Jan 2015  

2012 ()

(casks) dark colour. The nose presents soaked fruits, black pepper top spicing, a char and tar combine, is good and deep. The palate is intricate: it has a core of rather concentrated black fruit juice, with a little meaty surround, good “of the earth and soil” qualities. There are flashes of blueberry on the finish, in with licorice and mocha. Good structure: a wine that will travel far and will impress drinkers. There is a fine, tasty late spot of fruit. From 2016. 2024-26  Nov 2013