Coming from a selection of Granite terroirs and aged all in new oak, the 2015 Saint Joseph Sensonne offers an incredibly pure, silky style as well as pedal-to-the-metal aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, toasted spice, violets and incense. It's a big, rich, concentrated beauty that's already approachable given its fruit, yet has the depth, balance and purity to keep for two decades. I continue to love the wines from the young Jerome Coursodon, who pulls from roughly 16 hectares of vines all in the southern part of Saint Joseph, mostly just outside the village of Mauves. The 2015s are monster, blockbuster styled efforts that I suspect won’t appeal to the traditionalists out there, but are singular wines. The 2016s are more elegant and finesse-driven, yet still pack in more sweet fruit than just about everyone else out there.
A bit of cedar sticks out on the nose of the 2015 Saint Joseph la Sensonne, so give this a couple of years in the cellar to further integrate its 100% new oak treatment. This full-bodied, richly concentrated wine has the mixed berry and cherry fruit to handle it and the tannic structure to age a decade or more. (JC)
(made from vines that average 60 years of age and raised in all new barriques for 15 months) Dark purple. Heady scents of blackberry liqueur, cherry compote and licorice are enlivened by smoky mineral and floral notes. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet, impressively concentrated dark berry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors and a touch of vanillin oak spice. Aeration reveals more vivacity on the strikingly persistent, incisive finish, which is firmed by juicy acidity and youthfully chewy tannins. -- Josh Raynolds
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