"All from estate vineyards and aged in 15% new demi-muids and completely destemmed, the 2013 St Joseph la Couronne de Chabot has another level of richness and depth in its black raspberry, creamy licorice, crushed flowers and crushed rock-like minerality. Medium-bodied, elegant, gorgeously textured and pure, it is a classy Saint Joseph that will have an easy 10-12 years of prime drinking."
Vinous - (91-93)/100
"(raised in 25% new demi-muids): Bright purple. Heady aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, smoky Indian spices and underbrush are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality. Juicy and concentrated, showing very good density to its smoke-tinged dark berry, cherry and violet pastille flavors. This vivacious, sharply focused wine finishes with strong mineral cut, harmonious tannins and lingering smokiness."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
unctuous, ample with warm tannins. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Selective hand picking at maturity.
The soil, typical of the appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is composed of big quartzite shingles and sandy red clay.
Vinifications are made in concrete tanks. Grapes are destemmed and the vatting lasts around 3 weeks, in order to polymerize the tannins. Only the free-run juice is used to make this wine.