Sporting a terrific mostly opaque purple color, the 2013 Saint Joseph les Granits gives up a gorgeous perfume of crushed rocks, violets, bay leaf, charcoal, and black and blue fruits. Medium to full-bodied, structured and tannic, it needs 3-4 years of cellaring but should have two decades of overall longevity. While this cuvee is normally exuberant and sexy, this 2013 is much more classically styled. 93+ points. (JD)
Lively pepper and bay notes lead the way, followed by more savory details that are easily absorbed by the core of juicy cherry and blackberry fruit. Drink now through 2023. (JM)
Vivid ruby. Intense black currant, cherry cola, violet, licorice and woodsmoke scents, along with suggestions of sandalwood and star anise. Stains the palate with intense, spice-laced dark fruit and spicecake flavors that spread out on the back half. Smooth, seamless and graceful in character; a suave floral nuance lingers on the very long, gently tannic finish. (JR)
2.5 ha, 100% Syrah. This is a selection of Chapoutier’s oldest Syrah vines (90-100 years) planted in the birthplace of the St-Joseph appellation. Here the very poor, stony granitic soil (suggested by the name) restrains the excessive vigour. South-facing slope. Very sucky stony with lots of fruit concentration. Hugely distinctive wine. Poor man's Hermitage? Tense and bone dry. Much more chunky and concentrated than Côte Rôtie! Very much a wine of the future. 17/20 points. Drink 2017-2025. (JR)
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