The smaller production 2016 Saint Joseph Sensonne is a selection of old vines and comes from terroirs around Tournon and Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. Aging in new barrels, it offers a more modern style in its crème de cassis, sweet oak, ground herbs, and meaty aromas and flavors. Big, rich, unctuous and structured, with plenty of tannins, as well as a stacked mid-palate, it's going to need 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 15 years. 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.
Aged entirely in new oak, the 2016 Saint Joseph la Sensonne is a full-bodied, concentrated wine with aromas of blackberry pie. This is firm in texture without being hard or austere, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Young Jerôme Coursodon now farms 16 hectares in Saint Joseph, centered around Mauves, just outside Tournon. He considers the 2016s more approachable than the dense 2015s, noting that it was an excellent vintage for whites, which are growing in popularity.(JC)
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