About the Wine
Jeb Dunnuck's words are worth repeating, "Not enough can be said about the quality that consistently comes from this estate. From the top to the bottom of the range, you can’t go wrong."
Sourced from granitic soils (hence the name) in the birthplace of the Saint-Joseph appellation, this is hedonistic old vine Syrah with meditative notes. The wine is literally a rock star now, but will age from 30-50+ years.
Tasting Notes: Deep garnet red, black fruit jam, smoked and mineral overtones, peppered aromas.
The two flagship releases from St Joseph include the Le Clos and Les Granits. Almost as good as the Le Clos, the 2014 St Joseph Les Granits offers a complex bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, new saddle leather, beef blood and toasted spice in a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated style. It has more obvious structure than the Le Clos and needs 3-4 years of bottle age, which isn’t the norm in the vintage.
Not enough can be said about the quality that consistently comes from this estate. From the top to the bottom of the range, you can’t go wrong. And while the prices at the top are frightfully expensive (they’re out of my zip code), there are incredible values from St Péray, St Joseph, Cornas and Crozes Hermitage that should be snatched up by readers. Looking at the 2014s reviewed here, these shine for their elegance and purity, and are certainly some of the most concentrated wines in the vintage. Readers shouldn’t forget that while 2014 was a complicated vintage for the reds, the whites are gorgeous. As to the 2015s, these massive and concentrated wines are going to demand patience, but at the top end, I suspect will be as good as wine gets. ~94WA JD
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