"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

38 Hl/hectare.

Average annual production

About 16.000 bottles.

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 2014

eRobertParker.com #222 - Dec 2015

Score : (90-92)

The 2014 St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph is the most charming, forward and supple of the lineup, although I’m sure it will gain additional density and depth during its elevage. Spring flowers, toasted brioche, chocolate, light cassis and black raspberry nuances all carry to a medium-bodied, elegant Syrah that has sweet tannin and an already hard to resist personality. Drink it on release and over the following 7-8 years. Jeb Dunnuck

 

 

JAMESSUCKLING.COM - Friday, October 28, 2016

Score : 93

Tasted just after blending and before bottling (Nov 2016 release). This has a complex, spicy nose featuring plenty of mocha and spices. It's expressive, very open, and shows a wealth of ripe, dark plums. Delicious chocolate and dark-toasted spices. The tannins, meanwhile, are very succulent and build nicely towards a good, energetic finish. Great wine. Best when it settles down, so try from 2018 through to 2025. Good balance. James Suckling.

Consumption

A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

10 years

Food and wine matching

Red meat, game and cheese.
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