"Lieu dit" - Red

Soil type

Steep sloped vineyards. Gneiss with granite streaks

Grape variety

100% Syrah.

Average age of vines

20 to 75 years

Winemaking

Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation up to 33°C.

Ageing

50% new oak barrels. 50% barrels of one wine.

Average yield

35 Hl/ hectare.

Tasting

Eye : Deep red
Nose : Complex with dominant black fruit and delicate oak aromas. A pure and intense nose.
Palate : A powerful attack. Round and elegant tannins.
Overall : A veritable success. Fresh and powerful. Will become more refined with age.

Our comment

This wine is a unique expression of the excellence of the lieu-dit « Saint-Joseph » appellation and these vineyards are from amongst the very best of this up-and-coming appellation in the northern Côtes-du-Rhône. These very slopes lent their name to the Saint-Joseph appellation when it was created. The label was designed by Roger PFUND, a Franco-Swiss artist who is a specialist in the design of bank notes.

Vintages 2008

 

Wine Advocate #193 - Feb 2011

Score : 87

More tannic, peppery and herbal is the 2008 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph. While it is a good effort for the vintage, it is more herbaceous, restrained, less weighty and concentrated than the other Lieu-Dit offerings. Moreover, it should be consumed over the next several years. Robert Parker .

 

Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2011

Score: 91

Fresh, with good intensity to the red currant, cherry and damson plum fruit, laced with hints of Campari, violet and incense. A singed iron note adds a persistent edge to the finish. Very solid for the vintage. Drink now through 2014. 667 cases made. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 11

Score : 89

Vivid ruby. Tightly wound, focused aromas of redcurrant, cherry pit and licorice, with a hint of black olive. Firm, slightly ungiving red fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and gain sweetness and flesh with air. The brisk finish has dusty tannins and repeats the olive note. Josh Raynolds.
 

Consumption

A boire

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

10 years

Food and wine matching

Red meat, game and cheese.
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