2016 Guy Farge "Terroir de Granit" Saint-Joseph Rouge SKU #1377647

Price: $24.99

DC 93 RP 93 JD 90
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K&L Notes

Guy Farge took over the management of his family estate in 1980. Originally selling his fruit to the Cave de Tain (where he worked) and then to Delas, in 2007 he began producing wines under his own label. Each year, the wines have grown and evolved as has Guy's winemaking prowess. Now working with his son Thomas, each bottling represents some of the best we have seen from his primarily granitic terroirs. The "Terroir de Granit" is primarily from sites in Aubert, La Roue and around the winery in Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. It is aged in used 400L barrels for about 12 months and is about 60-70% destemmed depending on vintage. The results, as with all of Guy's wines, are pure balanced expressions of his terroir.

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    This passionate elaboration pays homage to the signature soils of the region, and is vinified from a special parcel. It’s given a subtle barrel regimen that allows the Syrah fruit to express its silkier, sleeker nature. The dark cherry, black raspberry, spice and licorice all lend an element of natural sweetness and insouciance to the wine. Finished with lusty tannins, this would complement a Moroccan lamb dish or lavish moussaka. 93 RP
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The Terroir de Granit speaks volumes of its granitic soils. I tasted the 2015 vintage when some samples were sent to me in advance of a big wine fair in the south of France in early 2018. I thought to myself, this is a guy I need to meet (pun somewhat intended). The wine had black fruit, smoke, spice and that ethereal Saint-Joseph-ness, that granitic oomph that I love. Flash forward, I met Guy at said wine fair and we hit it off after tasting through a batch of his wines. A visit to his property was quickly organized and a few weeks later, I was there traipsing up and down the hills of Saint-Joseph and wandering in his cellars tasting through the barrels and tanks. His son Thomas had returned home to rejoin the winery after living abroad, so he and his wife helped with some of the finer translation points. We all went to lunch and our relationship was sealed. The 2016 Terroir had just been bottled, so it was a little tight in the mouth but the aromatics were on point and the promise of classic Saint-Joseph was there. Now, several months later, the wine has arrived and I have drunk it on three separate occasions. Each time, it pulls me back to that harmonious Saint-Joseph-ness of the 2015. A fleshy, meaty example that has an elegant palate but never quits on the fruit. The 2016 is slightly finer than the 2015 and offers greater accessibility for near term drinking. Showing all that granitic rusticity while maintaining this fresh and fleshy profile is no easy task but that is what Guy has done as he has slowly perfected his craft. For great Northern Rhone wines that speak of a place, this is the Guy you need to get to know (pun absolutely intended).
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    In general, I find Syrah from Saint Joseph to be savory-dominant with notes of black pepper, spice, fresh herbs and stone. With age, they become more smoky and meaty, which is why I fancy them so much. While you can drink this now, let this breathe for about two hours. That's what I did and it opened up to reveal an abundance of dark fruit aromatics, black pepper and hints of flowers but I want to see how it evolves over a few more years so I grabbed two bottles - one for now and one for down the road.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    I may have just found my go-to Northern Rhone Syrah for every day drinking in this Guy Farge Saint Joseph bottle. For being under $30 bucks, this is an absolutely stellar bottle and I feel like it has everything I want in a syrah, sip after sip. It's crazy to think that Guy Farge has only been making wine since 2007, because this tastes like a wine made by a guy who's been doing this for an extremely long time. But maybe that's just the unique terroir talking. Either/or, this bottle is definitely worth a whirl.
  • Mandana Tourani
    By: Mandana Tourani
    K&L Staff Member
    Earth, herbs, spice and soft fruits will give you this beautifully made dark medium body all Syrah wine. Delightful floral nose and hints of herbs specially Sage and taste of Terroir in every layer. Inky, great Structure and depth makes this wine a fantastic wine on it's own but an extraordinary companion to food. A bright fresh body with Soft finish that carries enough tannin to cut through smokey BBQ meats or any herb influenced lamb dishes.


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