"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

37 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 2004

 

Wine Advocate #175 - Feb 2008

Score : 90

The 2004 St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph spent 24 months in new oak, but you would never know that given the vibrant, sweet cassis, crushed rock, mineral, and floral characteristics. It is a rich, generous, heady red to enjoy over the next 10-12 years. Drink: 2008 - 2020. Robert Parker.


Wine Spectator -  May 15, 2007

Score: 91

With an alluring nose of spice, clove and crushed dark fruit, this is surprisingly rich for the vintage, with cocoa, tar, fig and tobacco flavors that run through the nicely focused finish. Drink now through 2010. 700 cases made. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 06

Score : 88-90

Dark red with a bright rim. Fresh, lively scents of raspberry and wild strawberry are lifted and sharpened by a bright mineral tone. Crisp and elegant in the mouth, showing precise, stony red berry and white pepper tones and a silky, suave texture. Nothing here suggests that this wine won't provide delicious early drinking. Indeed, Philippe suggests that this be "drunk early for its elegance." Finishes with very fine, dusty tannins and a jolt of raspberry fruit. Josh Raynolds.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 07

Score : 91

Dark red. Intensely perfumed scents of raspberry, candied plum, succulent herbs and fresh violet. Juicy, fresh and elegant, with plenty of sweet, clean raspberry flavor. Finishes with gentle tannins, excellent purity and very good length. I underestimated this last year. 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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