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Syrah from granite terraces at Tournon, site of the same name, 3 week fermentation, maceration, cap punchings, aged new oak casks 24 months, unfined, filtered, 16-17,000 b


dark, handsome red robe, black tints within. The bouquet assembles a mix of refined oaking with stylish berry fruit, a floral note that pleases. It’s a promising, young start. The palate is soft, well couched with supple, attractive content, carries the house signature of oaking through its spine. There is a pleasing freedom in its juiciness, its refinement a high value card. The finish, for now, is overtly oaked, charry, with a semblance of primrose flowers on the aftertaste. Leave this tasty St Jo until 2025 or so, decant it. 14.5°. 2037-39 June 2021

2017 ()

full, bright red; the bouquet carries an intense centre, soaked red cherries or griiottes flanked by prominent oak, certainly has stuffing. The palate gives a wave of red cherry-vanilla flavour with sweet late notes, sun ripeness present in the thickness of the late juice. The oak has work to do, and it’s best to leave this until 2023 or so. It’s concentrated on the finish. The South has come North this year, with a scale in this, which means waiting patiently. Obviously, I would like more finesse, charm, rather than subdued, mish mash power. Decant it. 14.5°. Bottled Oct 2019. 2036-38 Dec 2019


quite a dark red; the nose has a sweet filling on mixed berry fruits, raspberry, blueberry, with the lucidity of the vintage well established, notes of herbes de Provence. The palate has a fine grain, with red fruit content, and is closed towards the finish. Its oak is absorbing, with a hum of strength towards the close. There is iron within, which helps its movement, delivery. The tannins are fibrous, and require seasoning. 14.5°. From 2023. 2042-44 Dec 2019

2015 ()

dark, shiny red robe. Has a good, intense, oily-noted bouquet, raspberry at the helm, firm mulberry backing. This shows 2015’s sun rays and excitement. The palate streams along with gusto, and is as fresh as a daisy, the fruit cool and extended, with salted touches towards the finish. This has good concentration, is a wine with that and wheels also, a good combo of mass and fluidity. It’s bang on the money for the 2015 vintage, has a good future ahead. The oak-tar on the close will absorb. Decanting afdvoised. 13.5°. From 2022. 2041-43 March 2019 Previously Nov 2017 **** very full, dark robe, black-centric. What awaits? The bouquet is crammed full of cassis, blueberry fruit backed by a tone of sweet oak, has a liqueur style, and prolongs deeply. It’s still very much on its raising. The palate bears a copious, wavy content with oak smoke aand concentrated black berries mingling in partnership. It’s a weighty St Jo, where the granite only shows through towards the finish. I would leave until 2022, so there is a firmer vineyard imprint. It is long, sustained, the aftertaste for now on chocolate. 2039-41 Nov 2017

2014 ()

handsome red robe. The nose swirls with berried fruit and smokiness, bacon, crushed Morello cherries. It has good depth and potential. I feel it can burst out very well in a large glass around 2022. The palate runs swiftly and well on stylish black fruits with good crunch in its mobile, tar-like tannins. The juice is noble, fine, persistent, tasty. This is very good, without exaggeration. 13.5°. 16,000 b. From 2019. 2029-31 June 2017

2013 ()

shiny dark robe. This is still in the lap of its raising, so there is a strong charcoal-oak presence along with licorice and blueberry on the nose. The palate gives a very good, clean line of fruit that runs with dash. It is encased by its oak. The tannins hold the vintage freshness. This is good, uptempo, fine wine. Dig the Syrah juice here – it has gusto. Very good fruit, fresh length, floral notes on the finish: this is classy. 13°. From 2018-19. 2031-33  Dec 2015 Previously Oct 2015 **** (bottling in three days) very full, dark robe. The nose is inky, gives a prune/blackberry aroma, chocolate and honey from the oak, a deep black raisin, some violets. There is a seared-grilled top air. This is fleshy, full of juice on the attack, really goes for it. The length is good, the juice more in fine drops as it ends, handsomely. The fruit is sleek - there are tasty moments already here. Oak and dried herbs show on the finish, the aftertaste sweet. 13°. From 2018. 2028-30  Oct 2015

2012 ()

full, dark robe. The bouquet swirls with oak, varnish, toffee, a deep and concentrated air of black berries – it has inner depths that haven’t yet been explored. The palate bounces out with notably tasty, juicy black cherry fruit, black raisin, backed by a streamlined set of tannins. Oak rules the close. There is good nose-palate connection. This has implicit strength, but is topped with finesse. It is long, and still on caramel from its oaking. 13.5°. From mid-2018 for oak fusion. 2029-31  Oct 2015


very dark red. The bouquet gives a coulis, near liqueur air of raspberry and mulberry red berries – it is handsome, suggests  rosemary, dried herbs also. This bears stylish fruit, gives a flavour of simmered red berries, its tannins supple. Oak is giving grain late on, and the fruit-oak exchange is en route. It has a smoky, peppery sign-off. The length is good, pretty fresh, has detail. There is some lipsmack on the aftertaste. 13.5°. From 2018. 2028-30 Oct 2015


really dark robe, a whopper! The bouquet has hardly moved, is impenetrable. There is a deep set air of black berry fruits, very little chink of light for the moment. It has black olives, southern tendencies: this bouquet is almost in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, as if it were a Syrah-led wine from there. The palate comes forward on a full roll of black fruits that combine density with engagement, movement, thanks to the freshness. It is very filled, complete. It offers mineral, dried herbs towards the finish, and is just thinking about its next move now. It is thoroughly persistent, complex, and delivers light violet-aromatics in its late stages. Decant this. 13.5°. 2033-36  Oct 2015

2009 ()

shiny dark red robe. Has a licorice, soaked berries aroma with a tender, airborne, lightly floral presence, good style from that: this is a good, aromatic nose. There is a possible wee reduction, so decanting is advised. The palate is getting into gear, led by blueberry fruit with a clear-cut feel, and just a little oak-tar on the second half. The juice is tasty, good and liberal, offers a bonny essence  of Syrah. This has appeal and good foundation, is really deep, and also persists properly. I like its build-up into the finale. 13°. 2026-29  Oct 2015


has a good, still full robe. The nose has developed damp leaf connotations - the forest - but its inner core is a rounded blackberry-prune, with floral notes such as peony. A note of cold tea shows its advance. The palate combines fresh, springy black fruit with a roasted, more resin-mineral angle. It is at a very interesting stage now, with game dishes on the menu to accompany it. It is still full, securely so, and knocks the vintage’s reputation into the waste bin. It has much more depth and steady richness than most would expect. 13°. 2024-26  Oct 2015


still dark robe. There is a low-key damp forest air above a simmered black fruits and prune aroma, with spice into the bargain. It still has a little mystery, and there is more variety to come. This is well set on the palate, holds the stylish gras richness of the vintage the tannins round and succulent. This is going well along its route, is tasty. It finishes roundly, with flashes of raspberry jam fruit, is a savoury but free wine. 13°. 2025-27  Oct 2015


full red, slight evolution. The nose is evolving and flattening towards honey and raisin notes. Oak is apparent on the palate thanks to its prune, subdued black fruit nature. It tightens up on the finish, withdraws. Advancing now, in transition. Its tannins are on the stretch. Certainly disappointing compared to previous tasting. Maybe leave it until 2011 summer. 2016-17 July 2010 Previously Dec 2008 ***(*) open two days: pretty robe of bright red and black. Has a curvaceous honey, blackberry aroma, with mint and oak mingling, too. There is some black olive and licorice – this is rounded and nicely deep. The palate gets off to a tasty start – black jam, but clear notes as it goes. It ends securely on an oaked finish, the length is good. Leave until 2011 to let the oak settle into it. Elegant wine, with crisp black fruit from its granite – that effect is very noticeable after half way. 2021-22 Dec 2008


fairly full red. Mild, bacon-tinted aroma with underlay of intense black berry. Good grainy red fruits with a supple mid to late palate. Length, balance good. Clarity of the fruit enjoyable, and nice vivacity now. 2015-18 January 2007 Previously Dec 2006 ***(*) varied bouquet - tea, flowers, black fruits. Scented, supple start to palate, runs with good flow - pursues a line and sticks to it. Tasty. Some oak at end that is not intrusive. 2015-18 Bottled one month now

2002 ()

griottes, soaked cherry aroma, tar also. Taut black fruit presence, dry from the tannins and new oak. Cool texture, fair length. 2007 on. 2014-16


round, calm black fruit bouquet; succulent dark fruit, nice stylish width, good juice. Very charming, pure pleasure. 2011-12


rounded black fruit, Tournon warmth, touch pepper; good, intense dark fruit, esp on attack; quite good length. Tannins ripe enough. 2011-12


dark, rather foxy nose, dense, leathery style has come early. Chocolate tones on palate, broad mass rather than clear fruit definition. Little cut on finish. Not like usual Grippat style (he vinified it). Dries out with air.