As to the 2015s, most of which were tasted from barrel, the 2015 Saint Joseph Vignes Des Hospices is going to be another one of those best to date release from this sensational vintage. Inky colored with deep, concentrated fruit, full-bodied richness, bright acidity, and background oak, it’s primordial at present, but packed with potential.
Still aging in 100% new oak, the 2015 Saint Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is rich and concentrated, piled high with blackberries and mulberries, yet savory, with a black olive component as well. It’s full-bodied, layered and complex, with a long, velvety finish. It should prove long-lived for a Saint Joseph. Knowing the extensive tasting that was in store for me at this address, I scheduled an entire morning to go through the firm’s offerings. The company’s wines undergo unusually long élevages, which means there are always multiple vintages of each wine to taste. It does provide an ideal snapshot of the various appellations/vintages. For my visit, Philippe Guigal and the winemaking team prepared prospective samples of the wines that were not yet bottled. The big news here is the acquisition of Domaine de Nalys in Châteauneuf du Pape, which immediately becomes a property to watch. Those wines will continue to be reviewed separately as part of the Southern Rhône report.(JC)
This ripples with stunning raspberry and boysenberry coulis flavors, inlaid liberally with anise and apple wood notes and carrying through a well-defined finish. Lush in feel overall, with a mocha note draped over everything, keeping terrific energy in reserve. Best from 2020 through 2030.
Seductive complexity with plenty of spicy oak played into fragrant, peppery and spicy blackberries. Plenty of smoked meat and graphite, lots of cloves and very powerful, dark plums, blackberries and mocha on the palate. The tannins are superb. Drink in 2022. (NS)
Lurid violet. Expansive aromas of blue fruit preserves, black pepper, violet and star anise, backed by hints of olive and incense. Fleshy, broad and sweet, offering deeply concentrated black and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that are lifted and brightened by a smoky mineral nuance. Supple and appealingly sweet on the strikingly long, floral-driven finish, which is framed by smooth, fine-grained tannins. (JR)
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