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mid-late 1980s Syrah from Malleval, Charnas, Ardoix (plateau at 380 metres), destemmed, wild yeasts, 3 week vinification, 3 daily pumping overs, maceration up to 30°-32°C, aged 67% new, 33% 3-5 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months (before early 2010s was aged 25% new, 75% 1-2 year oak 12-14 months), fined, filtered, first wine 2002, "drink with steak and shallots, pheasant with lard, black pudding sauté in apples", 1,400-6,000 b

2016 ()

(casks) has a glistening very full red robe. The nose is thorough, well set up with dark black fruits, Morello cherries, inkspots of depth, a couch of slightly sweet oak. The palate is luxurious, gourmand, billows out on wavy black fruit content with sweet tannins in tow, the oak bringing its sweetness. This is a flashy style of St Jo, an obvious eye catcher. There is plenty of juice inside it, but it is closer to the Syrah than the vineyard for now – the reverse of the style or signature of the vintage. From mid-2019, but I would wait longer for it to calm down, to tighten. 2025-27 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) deep robe. There is a brewed strength in the nose, a heap of black berries in the glass. It’s a rich start. The palate holds savoury content, with a plush gras at its centre. Black cherry and licorice are present. It continues with a firm grain display towards the finish, which is fresh and buzzy. 2,000 b. €11.90 export. From late 2018. 2026-27 Oct 2016

2013

sober dark red robe. Rounded, ripe fruit aroma, with the perfume of flowers present, and a trim air of red berry. There is also a slight savoury angle. The palate offers stewed red berry, strawberry flavouring, with a collection of mild tannins on the finish. Calm, orderly, quite appealing, has quiet charm.  Genuine; it is ready now. Drink with country foods. 13°. €11.30 ex cellars. To 2019  Jan 2015

2012

dark red, quite bright robe; Smoky, prominent black cherry liqueur aroma with a slight reduction; the bouquet is pretty open, has an air of sizzled bacon and good life in it. Decant it. The palate offers streamlined blackberry and blueberry fruit, sleek modernity. The fruit swings along, ends on a little pebbly restraint, some richness present. There are saline spots in this. Good drinking, good charge in an engagingSt Joseph, one with character. From mid-2014. 2019-20  Nov 2013

2011

too early to rate, but an idea given: (4-year cask) acetate present on the nose, a tangy red cherry aroma. The palate is quite stern, full of evident tannin, holds dark cherry fruit. Has more attitude than I would have expected, which is hopeful. Nov 2011

2010 ()

(casks) dark, shiny, full robe. The bouquet spreads in ample fashion; there is a rose and violet scenting in its oily, fat fruit air, with blackberry prominent and a small breeze of licorice. The palate shows a layering of blackberry and blueberry fruit that is suave and unforced, nor cluttered with oak. There is a little grain and control in it, a pebble dash on the finish. It straightens in the later stages well, so isn’t just a plushorama wine. Genuine. From mid-2012. To 2017. Release in Jan 2012. Nov 2011

2009 ()

shiny full red, legs down glass. Has a nicely crsip, nutty nose that is soft, a touch floral, sympa. The palate is rounded, bears fine grain red fruit, shows a pocket of late grain tannin. The tannins are clear but just a shade dry. Length is OK. Bottled March 2011. To 2016 Nov 2011 Previously Nov 2010 **(*) 2 bottles, 1st shows malic acidity, edgy. Bottle 2: dark red, some black in it. Sweetly scented lead aroma offering soft black fruits and berries, some dampness. The palate black fruit has a mineral tint in it. It doesn't extend that far, ending on rather cooked notes, with a small floral revival. Where next is a good question? It is not that fresh. From spring 2012. 2016-17 Nov 2010

2007 ()

pretty, full dark red robe with a lustrous appearance. The bouquet has a nutty top air, but good, clear fruit within – it shows a smoky black cherry with the trim of oak in it. The palate fruit is bright, has a good, clean run, good length, too. This makes for fresh drinking. The oak provides a late tang of its own. The high zone helped its freshness, no doubt. 2013-14 March 2009

2006 ()

full, dark robe, black traces. The blackberry fruit on the bouquet is agreeable – it has a supple heart, a nice slightly soaked air. The palate bounces out – gives lots of pleasure in its direct, frank appeal. Super-sympa wine – w.o.w., right there. Its good red fruit is very true and local. A wine of the higher plateau, with its clay, rather than the granite slopes, so is pliant. 13°. To 2012. Dec 2008 Previously Dec 2007 *** (casks) dark plum, with a matt hue. Cocoa-raisin aroma floats above brewed black fruits that are a little sweet. Red fruits led by raspberry kick off the palate, and have a little tannic casing around them. Mid-plus weight appeal here – like a fleshier version of 2004. The length is correct. A neat wine, with no pretension. Now to 2012. Dec 2007

2004

dark robe. Full, quite oily bouquet, peppery touches, bit international. Sleek, well-cut fruit in the modern vein on palate, with a grilled finale - the oak has made its point. Clean wine, some berry fruit at its core. Burnt, a little stalky , this needs to settle - leave till 2007. Likeable length, even if a little tarry de trop on finish. 2011-12 April 2006 Previously March 2005 **(*) cocoa aroma, well-filled and complete bouquet. Brewed fruit on start with an earthy, firm side. Try this in 2007.

2003 ()

full robe. Well-soaked bouquet, some leather and damp leaves. Fleshy, round and warm palate, runs along in clean lines, shows good promise. Persistent, the tannins are pebbly and positive. Drinks fine now. 2010 March 2005 Previously Dec 2004 *** very dark. Tarry, high tone, black fruit bouquet. Fairly sumptuous attack, oily texture - big and potent. Broad, southern flourish at end, a sit-down, take your time wine. Good fruit, length. 2007 on. 2015-17