Only 10% of grapes for this wine were destemmed. It has fresh, sylvan aromas, and is lush in texture with a searching, herbal finish. There is inky concentration to the fruit, while fibrous tannins coat the mouth to give considerable texture and relief. It's wild, almost rustic, and buzzes with life. (MW)
Very spicy, complex and alluring aromas of ripe, red cherries, red plums and pomegranate with a wealth of woody spices and a fragrant, peppery edge. The palate is smooth and layered. There’s an assertive, tangy, athletic feel here. Dark minerals, sweet fruit and chocolate. Very long and even. Great depth.
Inky ruby. Pungent black raspberry and cherry cola aromas are complemented by suggestions of potpourri, olive and allspice. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering spice-tinged red and blue fruit flavors that show excellent delineation and back-end thrust. Lively and seamless in texture, finishing with minerally drive and harmonious, slow-building tannins. The interplay of power and finesse here is quite impressive. (JR)
The 2016 Saint Joseph has more of everything, with a saturated purple color, a rocking nose of dark fruits, bouquet garni, bay leaf, and violets, obvious minerality, full body, and the purity and elegance that’s the hallmark of exceptional winemaking.
The 2016 Saint Joseph rouge was still in cask at the time of our visit and showing excellent potential. The bouquet is pure and very promising, wafting from the glass in a blend of black raspberries, sweet dark berries, coffee, dark soil tones, black olive, pepper and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and pure on the attack, with a good core, moderate tannins and great focus and grip on the long and classy finish. Fine juice in the making.
The 2016 Saint Joseph features aromas of herbs, spice and everything nice, including a healthy dose of black cherries. This medium to full-bodied wine boasts silky tannins, not soft to the point of creaminess but just right. Jean Gonon was forthright and to the point in his assessment of the 2015 and 2016 vintages. “Sixteen is a good vintage, maybe more classic. In ’15, everything was done by the weather.” (JC)
Superb, exotic nose with stemmy, meaty and smoky complexity. What a beauty! A cross between the charm of Côte Rôtie with the structure of Cornas. Still very primary, yet the tannins are digestible now. (RH) 17.5/20
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