Gorgeous, with superb focus to the dark plum, fig and boysenberry fruit, lined with charcoal, singed iron and Maduro tobacco flavors. The ganache edge on the finish melds perfectly with the dense fruit and mineral notes. One for the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2026. 54 cases imported.
Most of the fruit comes from hillside vineyards in Larnage. The 2010 St.-Joseph Les Granits (870 cases produced) is a more flowery, elegant, feminine-styled effort than Les Varonnieres. A deep purple color is followed by sweet aromas of Chinese black tea, graphite, blueberries and black raspberries. With a flowery character, superb purity, full body and a precise, crisp finish with plenty of wet rock and powdered stone-like notes, this 2010 should age well for 15-20 years. (RP)
Bright purple. Potent aromas of black and blue fruits, incense, licorice and black olive, with a bright mineral topnote. Sappy and precise, offering deeply pitched blueberry and cassis flavors and an exotic floral pastille nuance. The mineral quality comes back strong on the finish, which lingers with outstanding tenacity and clarity. There's a tension to this wine that suggests it will be a long-distance runner.
Concentrated damson fruit. Calm, a little dusty, but with lots of elegance and personality.
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