Saint-Joseph Red

Soil type

Limestone, sand and pebbles.

Grape variety

100% Syrah.

Average age of vines

20 to 50 years. The vines are mainly situated in the communes of Tournon and Sarras.

Winemaking

Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at high temperatures.

Ageing

Around 16 months in second wine oak barrels.

Average yield

35 Hl/ hectare.

Average annual production

Around 35.000 bottles.

Tasting

Eye : Dark red with violet tints.
Nose : Powerful nose dominated by red berries and delicate oak aromas.
Palate : Powerful attack. Round and supple tannins.
Overall : Eye : Dark red with violets tints. Nose : Powerful nose dominated by red berries and delicate oak aromas. Palate : Powerful attack. Round and supple tannins.

Our comment

This wine is produced from grapes from the two estates of Jean-Louis GRIPPAT and VALLOUIT as well from grapes and wines purchased in the trade.

Vintages 2008

 

Wine Advocate # 193 - Feb 2011

Score : 87

With an evolved dark plum/garnet color, blue and red fruits intermixed with herbs and earth and decent acidity, the 2008 St.-Joseph is a surprisingly strong effort in this mediocre vintage. Guigal told me that over 40% of the crop had to be eliminated because of unsatisfactory fruit. This is a wine to consume over the next 2-3 years. Drink: 2011 - 2014. Robert Parker.

Consumption

A boire

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

10 years

Food and wine matching

Red meat and cheese.
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