"The 1995 St.-Joseph Les Granites made from the same 80-year old parcel of vines as the 1996 is rich and full-bodied, with loads of glycerin, and a distinct minerality combined with the apricot/peach-like fruit. It is a gloriously dense, powerful, yet elegant white St.-Joseph that, along with the 1996, should age for 10-15 years. Both the 1995 and 1996 St.-Josephs are reference point/breakthrough wines that establish a new level of quality for this appellation. Both wines are totally barrique-aged, of which one-third is new oak."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
mineral with floral overtones of honeysuckle and lily in its youth, Tabasco, wax, honey.
well-balanced. A very harmonious wine with a subtle final of spices developing into honey with ageing. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: Fresh water fish Fich mousse Soft goat's cheese
Marsanne. Selection of our oldest Marsanne vines on our best Saint Joseph soils.
The grapes are hand-harvested once very ripe. The natural alcohol content is often 12,5% vol.
Very steep granite slopes in the south of Tournon.
Pressing of the whole grapes. Cold settling between 24 and 48 hours. Half of the wine is fermented in vats, the other part in big wooden barrels (600 liters).
Ageing takes place on lees from 8 to 10 months, with stirrings. The two parts are blending before bottling.