"The luxury cuvees of St.-Joseph Les Granites include what may be the finest St.-Josephs I have ever tasted. The 1995 St.-Joseph Les Granites possesses less acidity than the 1996, is more supple, and less massive, but it is an amazingly fabulous, sweet tasting from ripe fruit, not sugar wine with layers of cassis fruit. Made from an 80-year old 5-acre parcel situated behind the village of Mauves, the 1995 comes across as both elegant and powerful-the quintessential St.-Joseph-the likes of which I have never before tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2010."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
black fruit jam, smoked and mineral overtones.
smoky and peppered aromas. Tight tannins with a long persistency in mouth. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: Fish in tapenade sauce Small game, lamb Cooked pork meats Soft cheeses, goat's cheese
Syrah. Selection of our oldest Syrah trunks in the birthplace of the Saint Joseph appellation.
The grapes are hand-harvested at a very good maturity.
Very poor and very stony granitic soils.
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.
Entirely aged in casks (new casks and casks having matured wine once or twice before) from 16 to 18 months.