The inky, black and blue-colored 2015 St-Joseph Sensonne is a tiny-production release (200 cases) that comes from very old vines around the villages of Mauves, Tournon and Saint Jean de Muzols. Aged in 100% new barrels, it offers sensational notes of cassis, black raspberry, toasted bread, spice and dried flowers, as well as full-bodied richness and fabulous mid-palate depth; it has building, fine tannin and a great finish. There is an inherent elegance and purity here, but it's going to take a decade to hit maturity. One of my favorite estates in the Northern Rhône is that of the young Jerome Coursodon, who makes a bevy of brilliant St-Josephs from his roughly 16 hectares of vines. He’s another progressive winemaker who has one foot in the past and one foot in the future, and the wines shows impeccable purity of fruit while remaining classic St-Joseph. These 2015s are sensational wines and I suspect will be the greatest wines made yet from this estate. Don’t miss these wines! (JD) 95-97+
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. (JR)
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