"Lieu dit" - White

Soil type

Steep sloped vineyards. Gneiss with granite streaks. Lieu-Dit Cadastré « Saint-Joseph ».

Grape variety

95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne.

Average age of vines

20 to 75 years.

Winemaking

Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation at 18°C.

Ageing

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

Average yield

33 Hl / hectare.

Tasting

Eye : Straw yellow with golden tints.
Nose : Very complex with oaky floral notes.Hazlenuts and yellow fruit.
Palate : Very full-bodied attack. Fleshy fruit and round palate.
Overall : A balanced palate with complex aromas and a roundness which is very characteristic of this Saint-Joseph which comes from the best terroirs of the appellation.

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 2007

 

Wine Advocate #193 - Feb 2011

Score : 91

The 2007 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph Blanc is stunning. White peach, apricot marmalade, honeysuckle and candied citrus notes emerge from this full-bodied offering. After going through 100% malolactic, it reveals a Burgundian, rich style with the oak nicely balanced by the lavish fruit. Like most 2007s, it is an up-front effort and is best drunk over the next 4-5 years. Drink: 2011 - 2016. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2009

Score: 92

A ripe, forward style, with lush apricot, creamed peach, paraffin and brioche notes that glide through the creamy, buttery finish. Long and dense on the finish, with fig and toasted almond notes. This could use a little time to unwind. Best from 2010 through 2013. 665 cases made. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 09

Score : 91

Light, bright gold. Suave lemon, orange and spicecake aromas are brightened by dusty minerals and citrus zest. Fat and creamy, with deep orchard and pit fruit flavors and a snap of tangy minerals adding energy. The oak is very nicely integrated, allowing the sweet fruit to stand out. Finishes with impressive lift, grip and spice. Josh Raynolds.

Consumption

A boire

Serving temperature

10°C to 12°C

Ageing potential

10 years

Food and wine matching

Fish, goats cheese.
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