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Saint Joseph Granits retrospective: “an awesome value” writes Wine Advocate’s Jeb Dunnuck

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Les Granits - Saint Joseph

Above: One of the parcels in Saint Joseph where Michel Chapoutier grows fruit for his celebrated Les Granits.

“Chapoutier’s Les Granits releases, both in red and white, lead the way in terms of quality in the appellation,” writes Jeb Dunnuck in the August 2014 issue of Wine Advocate. “Looking at the Saint Joseph red that’s the focus here, this roughly 500-case release (it can get close to 1,000 cases in some vintage) comes from the lieux-dits Saint Joseph and Les Chames, both of which are located around the towns of Mauve and Tournon, and have superb, southerly exposure. The lieu-dit Saint Joseph is the vineyard that the appellation is named after, and it’s a gorgeous, steep, south-facing vineyard planted on pure decomposed granite soils. The wine is 100% Syrah, from 60-to-70-year old vines, and sees a similar elevage to all of Chapoutier’s Syrahs, with the grapes completely destemmed and aging occurring in a scant 20-25% new French oak barrels. As I hope these notes show, it ages beautifully, but also dishes out loads of pleasure in its youth as well. It just so happens to also represent an awesome value.”

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2013 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
(91-94 points)

Flower and crushed rock-driven bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, lively and fresh, it should be approachable early in life.

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2012 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
94 points

A beauty… elegant, seamless Syrah that gives up plenty of exotic black and blue fruit, flowers, liquid minerality and olive characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, supple, and nicely concentrated profile.

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2011 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
94 points

More sexy and flamboyant… with loads of kirsch, blackberry, rose petal, spring flowers and hints of meatiness giving way to a full-bodied, sweetly fruited Saint Joseph.

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2010 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
95+ points

Full-bodied, concentrated and layered Syrah that has gorgeous concentration, racy acidity and a big finish. Showing beautiful, granite-like minerality.

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2009 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
94 points

Ripe, beautifully concentrated, up-front, layered and downright sexy, I’d enjoy it over the coming decade, but it will evolve for longer.

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2008 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
91 points

Medium-bodied, elegant and supple, with solid ripeness and textured, it possesses impressive pepper, underbrush, rose petal and superb minerality in its lively, elegant and seamless style.

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2007 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
94 points

Ripe and voluptuously-styled, with black raspberry, charcoal, roasted herbs, graphite and toast giving way to a medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated Syrah that’s still young and lively.

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2006 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
96 points

Awesome depth and concentration to go with classic Northern Rhone meatiness, minerality, dried spices and dark fruit on the nose. Filling the mouth with fruit, it’s perfectly balanced, has sweet tannin and a finish that won’t quit.

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2003 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
93 points

Ample blackberry fruit, saddle leather, wild herbs, caramelized beef and toasted spice aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness and a big finish. It’s in a good spot right now.

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1998 Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits
92 points

A perfumed, classy effort that’s drinking perfectly today. Giving up classic cured meats, dried flowers, underbrush and sweet Syrah fruit, it’s medium-bodied, layered and still nicely focused on the palate, with a core of sweet fruit that keeps you coming back to the glass.

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