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Syrah (1950s-2007, av age 40-45 years) from granite & gneiss soils from 9 plots on Le Palet & Les Blaches at St Jean-de-Muzols, 50-70% destemmed (whole bunch proportion rising each year), 18-24 day vinification of plots separately at up to 30°-31°C, wild yeasts, 2-3 part vat emptying/refilling at start, pumping overs, can do cap punching, aged 5-7% new, 43-45% 2-4 year 228-litre oak casks (40% of the whole), 5-7% new, 43-45% 2-4 year 600-litre oak casks (60% of the whole) 15-16 months, unfined, filtered, 15-20,000 b


handsome dark red robe; the bouquet has an air of fruit gums, a floral hint. There’s softness in the black berry fruits. It will emerge further, and decanting may help, too. The palate is refined, bears attractive mixed berry fruits with a sense of fresh purpose towards the finish. This is attractive country wine, is true to its place, made with restraint, its clear and delicate features appealing. The mineral element provides spark, cut, so it will appeal to the well informed more than the crowd. The length is sure, with tannins that can ease a little further in. 14°. From late-2021. 2031-33 March 2021

2018 ()

very dark robe; the bouquet, needs time, has a ripe blackberry foundation, a deeper note of beef stock, some mystery due to its sun-fuelled depth. There are Southern notes such as black olive tapenade. The palate is wide, sustained, has a thorough filling which barely budges as it goes, the finish firm, clamped, exerted. Its black juice is thick and persistent. It has the possibility of loosening, which it needs, so leave until mid-2021-2022 at the earliest. 13.5°. 20,000 b. €20. 2035-37 Nov 2019


(casks) very dark robe; the bouquet has a sweet filling of approachable blackberry fruit, a note of damp ripeness in it, soaked black cherries or griottes also on stage. The palate moves with a suave run of black berry fruits that carry well, ends on their juice and a dark tannin, oak combo. The aftertaste is lip smacking, with some discreet rockiness in the texture. This will appeal, will charm, the fruit carry an asset. 13.5°. From mid-2020. 2031-33 northern Rhône, Dec 2018 Previously Nov 2018 (casks, bottling Jan 2019) **** dark red; licorice, mulberry-damson fruit airs feature in a nose that holds well, is sturdy from the sun. There are good raw goods on the palate, thorough content with life in the tannins, vegetal crunch late on (40% whole bunch this year) with mineral elements. The close is grippy. It holds thick juice that sustains well, has good depth, is genuine. This doesn't include the old vine portion which could either go into this or be issued as Vieille Vigne 1907. From mid-2020. 2030-32 GB £95 per 6 b i/bond J&B www.justerinis.com justbrooksorders@justerinis.com +44(0)207 484 6400 London, Nov 2018

2016 ()

quite a dark red; has a bonny nose that floats well, on raspberry fruit, a good ping of clarity, smoky inner notes. The palate presents a graceful run of red fruits, iron notes, travels well, has St Jean de Muzols fine-ness. It’s nicely tuned, genuine, has a hand made feel. This is nice and natural, with iron on the finish rendering it clear there. 13°. 2026-28 GB £18.99 J&B www.justerinis.com justbrooksorders@justerinis.com +44(0)207 484 6400 Nov 2018

2015 ()

(casks) very dark robe, black through it, purple on the rim. The bouquet rocks with cool, clear depth of black berry fruit, black cherries in the centre. The palate continues the Morello cherry theme, with a slinky run of that fruit with precise tannins snugly fitted within. This is harmonious, has good depth and class. Everything comes in fine detail. 14°. 15,000 b. From mid-2018. 2026-28 Oct 2016