"Vignes de l'Hospice"

Soil type

Steep vineyards on a granite slope.

Grape variety

100% Syrah.

Average age of vines

20 to 80 years old.


Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation up to 33°C.


30 months in new oak barrels.

Average yield

35Hl / hectare.


Eye : Deep red.
Nose : Complex with dominant black fruit and delicate oak aromas. A pure and intense nose.
Palate : A powerful attack. Powerful, round and elegant tannins
Overall : Originating from a geological formation similar to the famous Bessards slopes in Hermitage, this Saint-Joseph has all the finess of the appellation and the strength of its neighbour accross the river.

Our comment

This wine originates from a monopoly of the best terroirs adjoining what were previously the Jean-Louis GRIPPAT and VALLOUIT estates. This is a unique expression of the most impressive and exclusive slopes of the Saint-Joseph appellation.

Vintages 2004


Wine Advocate #175 - Feb 2008

Score : 93

Guigal’s 2004 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice possesses a dense purple color in addition to a beautiful bouquet of truffles, graphite, creme de cassis, incense, and spice, gorgeously pure fruit, medium to full body, sensational density, and an uncanny elegance and seamlessness. This stunning effort is a huge success for 2004. Robert Parker.

Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2007

Score: 93

Ripe for the vintage, with bacon and sweet toast aromas leading the way for supple black cherry and currant fruit. The lush, incense-filled finish gains steam and power. A gorgeous, alluring style. Drink now through 2012. 1,000 cases made. Designation: Collectibles. James Molesworth.

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

Score : 90-92?

Deep red color. Rich, gamey and pungent aromas of wild, dark berries, truffle and damp earth. Round and velvety, showing a distinctly wild side but also impressive concentration and a mounting impression of deep blackberry fruit on the finish. This had not been racked since December of 2004, which could be a factor in its gamey personality today. Possibly better than my projected range indicates. Josh Raynolds.

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

Score : 93

Deep ruby. Remarkably powerful cherry, licorice and violet aromas, with a deeper impression of cassis coming up with air. Thick, weighty and sweet; liqueur-like flavors of spicy cherry and blackberry are complicated by suggestions of game and espresso. Remarkably concentrated and sweet on the finish, which displays superb focus and length. Josh Raynolds.


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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