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Jeb Dunnuck: 99 Points for Le Clos Rouge Saint-Joseph 2017

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Jeb Dunnuck
awarded 99 points to Le Clos Saint-Joseph 2017.

“From a higher, east-facing vineyard, the 2017 Saint-Joseph Le Clos is almost black and is the most concentrated, powerful Saint Joseph in the vintage. Blackcurrants, cassis, kirsch, ground herbs, beef blood, burning embers, and new leather notes all emerge from this beast of a Saint Joseph that has incredible depth and richness, an Hermitage-like power and opulence, and a great finish. Give bottles 3-4 years and it should evolve gracefully for two decades. There are a tiny 228 cases produced.”

 

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Robert Parker: 100 Points for Le Méal Rouge Ermitage 2017


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awarded 100 points to Le Méal Rouge Ermitage 2017.

“Always the earliest-ripening portion of the Chapoutier holdings on the Hermitage hill, the 2017 Ermitage le Méal is a complete standout. Crème de framboise notes remain fresh and lively throughout, joined by hints of blueberry, baking spices and vanilla, while the tannins are silky, the mouthfeel generous and the overall impression is one of great seductiveness and elegance.”

– Joe Czerwinski

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Jeb Dunnuck: 100 Points for Le Pavillon, Rouge Ermitage 2017

Image 5-6-20 at 2.28 PMJeb Dunnuck awarded 100 points to Le Pavillon, Rouge Ermitage 2017.

“The inky colored 2017 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from the biggest, baddest part of Hermitage and was brought up all in 20-25% new French oak barrels. Huge crème de cassis, crushed flowers, graphite, and liquid rock notes all dominate the bouquet, and this massively rich, powerful, yet pure and classic Hermitage builds incrementally on the palate, has a wealth of tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. Showing the sexy, expressive style of the vintage, it has some upfront charm, yet I suspect it will close down (as has the 2015) with a few years of bottle age and require a decade or more of cellaring. There are just 894 cases of this magical elixir.”

 

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Robert Parker: 99 Points for Le Pavillon, Rouge Ermitage 2017

Image 5-6-20 at 2.28 PMRobert Parker Wine Advocate awarded 99 points to Le Pavillon, Rouge Ermitage 2017.

“Cassis and crushed stone join on the nose of the 2017 Ermitage le Pavillon. More austere than les Geffieux or le Méal, le Pavillon is rooted more firmly in granite, with crisply defined edges and firm tannins. It’s impressive for sure, full-bodied, loaded with extract and almost creamy across the mid-palate, but ultimately it needs time. Give it 10 years to soften and develop a bit more charm—it has the concentrated dark fruit to carry it the distance.”

– Joe Czerwinski

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Wine Spectator: 97 Points for Le Pavillon, Rouge Ermitage 2017

Image 5-6-20 at 2.28 PMWine Spectator awarded 97 points to Le Pavillon, Rouge Ermitage 2017.

“This is laden with warm, lush plum, cassis and blackberry puree flavors that glide through atop a loamy spine, adding anise, fruitcake, baker’s chocolate and worn leather notes through the finish. A seductive wine. Best from 2023 through 2038.”

– James Molesworth

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Robert Parker: 100 Points for L’Ermite, Rouge Ermitage 2017

Image 5-6-20 at 2.17 PMRobert Parker Wine Advocate awarded 100 points to L’Ermite, Rouge Ermitage 2017.

“The 2017 Ermitage l’Ermite is equally astounding but a completely different expression of Hermitage. Somehow this combines the reservedness of le Pavillon with the generosity of le Méal, resulting in a wine that I can only describe as perfect. The pristine cassis fruit is remarkably pure, joined by complex notes of crushed stone, salted licorice and the slightest hints of fine-grained oak. It’s full-bodied, concentrated and velvety in texture, with oodles of chewy but ripe tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes.”

– Joe Czerwinski

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Wine Spectator: 97 Points for L’Ermite, Rouge Ermitage 2017

Image 5-6-20 at 2.17 PMWine Spectator awarded 97 points to L’Ermite, Rouge Ermitage 2017.

“Ripe and dense, yet racy and defined in feel, with a stream of cherry, blackberry and cassis notes underscored by singed alder and iron accents. Lovely floral details run throughout before coalescing on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2038.”

– James Molesworth

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100-Point Scores in Wine Advocate!

Reviews of selected M. Chapoutier wines by Jeb Dunnuck in Wine Advocate issue 228:

2015 Chapoutier Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc
100 points
One of the most singular wines I’m able to taste each year is unquestionably the l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier and it certainly lives up to the billing in 2015. Offering what I can only describe as a liquid rock (a liqueur of rocks?) character intermixed with notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, smoked meats, charcoal and toast, the 2015 Ermitage l’Ermite is full-bodied, decadent and locked and loaded on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and I suspect will keep for half a century.

2015 Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal Blanc
100 points
Another perfect wine is the 2015 Ermitage le Meal Blanc. The most decadent, unctuous and layered in the lineup, with to-die-for notes of white currants, toasted nuts, celery seed and licorice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a huge mid-palate and a refreshing, pure, yet blockbuster finish that just won’t quit. If I had to pick a desert island white, this might be it.

2015 Chapoutier St Joseph le Clos
96-100 points
Reminding me of a top Hermitage from the Bessards lieu-dit, the 2015 St Joseph Le Clos is one of those wines that needs to be tasted to be believed. Offering incredible notes of black powder, crushed rocks, black and blue fruits, violets and even a hint of lavender, this sensational-looking barrel sample is full-bodied, utterly seamless and polished, with building tannin and perfect structure. It will have 2-3 decades of longevity and might end up being the greatest wine ever made from St Joseph.

2015 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits
96-100 points
Another tour de force that might be the wine of the appellation is the 2015 St Joseph Les Granits. Coming all from the namesake vineyard of the appellation (lieu-dit St Joseph), it’s about as sexy, voluptuous and concentrated as they come. Black raspberries, cassis, licorice and a liqueur of rocks-like profile emerges from the glass of this beauty—and it expands on the palate, with sweet tannin and a huge finish. Trust me, this is a wine you don’t want to miss!

2014 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits
94 points
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.

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Jeb Dunnuck: Saint-Joseph Les Granits 2018 Honored as a Top Wine of 2020

Image 5-6-20 at 3.04 PMIn addition to awarding a score of 97 points to M.Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits 2018,  Jeb Dunnuck ranked it #28 on his list The Top Wines of 2020

“A more reductive, meaty, backward effort than normal, the 2018 Saint Joseph Les Granits is all Syrah that comes from unquestionably one of the top terroirs in Saint-Joseph. It was vinified in concrete tanks and aged in a mix of barrels and demi-muids, 20% being new. It blossoms with air and reveals an almost Hermitage-like class and minerality, with killer crème de cassis and black raspberry fruits supported by loads of smoked game, saddle leather, crushed stone, barbecue smoke, garrigue, and violet-like aromas and flavors. Just incredible on the palate as well, with medium to full-bodied richness, awesome tannins, and a liquid rock-like minerality, this tour de force from Saint-Joseph ranks with the finest vintage of this cuvée ever made and matches the 2015, although it shows a very different style. It should be snatched up by readers. It will need 3-5 years of bottle age and will drink brilliantly over the following 20 years or more.” 

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Wine Spectator: Straight Talk with Michel Chapoutier

Wine Spectator: Straight Talk with Michel Chapoutier

Michel Chapoutier was featured on Wine Spectator’s “Straight Talk” series on Instagram Live. James Molesworth interviewed the Rhône vintner about his early days in California, the adaptability of grape vines, André Tchelistcheff, and more.

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Vinous: 94 Points for Le Clos Rouge Saint-Joseph 2017

Vinous: 94 Points for Le Clos Rouge Saint-Joseph 2017

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Vinous
awarded 94 points to Le Clos Saint-Joseph 2017.

“Deep, dark ruby. Smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruits, licorice and potpourri on the intensely perfumed nose. Plush, sweet and broad on the palate, offering sweet blackberry, cassis, cola and exotic spice flavors underscored by a core of juicy acidity. Shows superb depth as well as energy and finishes extremely long and supple, with rounded tannins that build steadily and add shape and gentle grip to the wine’s vibrant dark fruit.”

– Josh Raynolds

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Wine Spectator: 94 Points for Le Clos Rouge Saint-Joseph 2017

Wine Spectator: 94 Points for Le Clos Rouge Saint-Joseph 2017

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Wine Spectator
 
awarded 94  points to Le Clos Saint-Joseph 2017.

“This shows a mix of pepper, mesquite and bay leaf notes out front, followed by a core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Ends with dark humus details through the finish, giving this an old-school feel. Drink now through 2028.”

– James Molesworth

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Jeb Dunnuck: 96+ Points for Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

Jeb Dunnuck: 96+ Points for Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

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Jeb Dunnuck awarded 96+ points to Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017.

“More blackberry, blueberry, violets, ground pepper, and flowers emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Croix De Bois, which is also all Grenache brought up in concrete. It’s full-bodied, deep, seriously concentrated, has ample tannins, and a huge finish. This is another brilliant Grenache from Chapoutier that delivers everything you could want from the variety. Surprisingly, it’s less approachable than the Barbe Rac (which is normally the more structured wine) and will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age.”

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Robert Parker: 94 Points for Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

Robert Parker: 94 Points for Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate
awarded 94 points to Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017.

“Another 100% Grenache CdP, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois hints at garrigue on the nose, then eases into a dense, compact ball of dark fruit. Concentrated and tannic, this looks as if it will need five years or more to slowly unfurl its dense layers of dark berries, black olives, licorice and tea.”

– Joe Czerwinski

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Robert Parker: 96 Points for Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

Robert Parker: 96 Points for Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate
awarded 96  points to Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017.

“Produced from yields of just 15 hectoliters per hectare, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac is a powerful, 100% Grenache wine raised in concrete. It’s a big, full-bodied beauty, loaded with scents of kirsch and framboise, stuffed with ripe tannins and with a finish that lasts for several minutes. Give it 5 years in the cellar and drink it over the next decade or so.”

– Joe Czerwinski

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Jeb Dunnuck: 96-98 Points for Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2018

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Jeb Dunnuck
awarded 96-98 points to Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2018.

“From decimated yields of 0.4 tons per acre, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Barbe Rac (100% Grenache brought up all in concrete) shows beautiful purity of fruit, notes of blueberries, wild strawberries, ground pepper, and crushed violets, brilliant concentration, and fine, building tannins. It’s a remarkable effort in the vintage that has more depth and concentration than just about every other wine out there. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and cruise for 15 years in more in cool cellars.”

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Jeb Dunnuck: 97 Points for Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

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Jeb Dunnuck
awarded 97 points to Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

“The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Barbe Rac is brilliant and up there with some of the finest vintages to date of this cuvée. Based all on Grenache from a single lieu-dit in the southwest of the appellation called the Barbe d’Asne and brought up in concrete tanks, it offers up a gorgeous nose of kirsch liqueur, ground pepper, garrigue, and graphite. Deep, rich, and powerful on the palate, with tons of sweet fruit, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades or more.”