"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.

Winemaking

Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation up to 33°C.

Ageing

30 months in new oak barrels.

Average yield

35Hl / hectare.

Tasting

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.
 

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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