There are two Saint Joseph releases in 2015, and Jean-Louis finally decided to bottle his Le Clos cuvée separately. Hats off to him as both wines are up with the crème de la crème of the appellation. Looking at the classic 2015 Saint Joseph, this beauty offers loads of kirsch, currants, and blackberry fruits intermixed with more smoked meats, cedar, and minerality. It’s a rich, powerful, mineral-laced Saint Joseph to drink over the coming 10-15 years. (JD)
Tasted from barrels, vineyard by vineyard. 1) from Clos Florentin: High-pitched red fruit and floral character, with juicy acidity and a late mineral flourish. 2) from Le Croissant, in Clos Florentin: Deeper and darker fruits, showing intense violet and licorice notes along with olive, game and smoky mineral qualities on the back half. 3) from Chaillets: Mineral-accented cherry and blackberry qualities are sharpened by a peppery flourish. Concentrated but lithe, displaying excellent focus and chewy texture. 4) from Baschasson: Intense dark fruit scents and flavors; smoky mineral and spice notes add vivacity. Rich yet urgent as well. The final wine will be one of the best examples of this bottling yet, I'll wager, delivering serious depth and flavor intensity but energy as well. I suspect that it will match up favorably with plenty of Hermitages from the vintage. (JR)
The 2015 Saint Joseph has some delicate florals but is marked more by ripeness and power. Dark fruit, black olive and even some tarry notes feature prominently in this medium to full-bodied wine that’s supple, spicy and long on the finish. (JC)
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