In Saint Joseph, as in Hermitage, elevated soils of high granite composition give both Syrah and Marsanne a unique style in an otherwise more simple, broad appellation. The hill above Tournon, the village across the Rhône from Tain, is almost as steep as Hermitage itself, though not so south-facing. Consequently, the vines are very poor yielding, and the wines are able to express place more clearly than the average wine of the appellation. Small plots of 2.4 and 2.3 hectares of 60-80 year old vines of Syrah and 60+ year old vines of Marsanne yield 400 and 900 cases respectively of each of the Les Granits Rouge and Blanc.
APPEARANCE: Very deep garnet red
NOSE:Black fruit jams, smoked with mineral overtones
PALATE: Smoky, peppered notes; tight tannins with a long persistency in the mouth
VARIETAL: 100% Syrah (Selection of our oldest Syrah drunks in the birthplace o the Saint-Joseph appellation)
TERROIR: Very stony granitic soils
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested at very good maturity. The grapes are 100% destemmed. Slow fermentation in small concrete vats. The process of fermentation is very long and lasts for more than one month, to polymerize tannins. Only the free-run wine is used in this single vineyard.
Aging: Entirely aged in casks (new casks and casks having matured wine once or twice before) from 16 to 18 months. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30-60 years, indeed from 50-70 years.
Gastronomy: Fish in tapenade sauce, small game, lamb, cooked pork meats, soft cheeses (goat’s)