I loved the nose of the 2016 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Bonneveau, which comes from a southeast facing parcel of granite soils near the Chabot vineyard, just behind Tournon. From tiny yields, it offers terrific notes of caramelized cherries, cassis, toasted bread and crushed flowers. Rich, yet fresh, with integrated acidity and fine tannin, it's a terrific Saint Joseph that's going to keep for a decade or more. The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? They’re made in tiny quantities and there’s just not enough to go around. For readers who don’t know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team.
(all granite soils at Tournon; 15% new oak) Bright purple. Vibrant, mineral-tinged cherry, cassis and licorice scents carry a suave floral overtone. Sweet, spicy and precise on the palate, offering juicy cherry cola, dark berry and floral pastille flavors and a smooth, silky texture. In a distinctly elegant, nervy style, delivering strong closing thrust and sneaky tannins that lend gentle grip. (JR)
Loaded with raspberry and cherry fruit, the 2016 Saint Joseph Lieu-Dit Bonneveau is a ripe, approachable and charming wine, spruced up by grace notes of vanilla and peppery spice. This medium to full-bodied wine is reasonably supple and long, making it already attractive. In the interest of saving time, I tasted these wines during my visit to Chapoutier, although Ferraton is run independently, with its own winemaking team and facility. Despite being under Chapoutier ownership since 2004, the style of wine and fruit sourcing tends to be quite different, as can be seen in the accompanying reviews. (JC)
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