"The profound 1996 Les Granites is a fabulous expression of Syrah, and in a blind tasting could easily be confused with a top-class Hermitage. It offers up a saturated black/purple color, followed by smoky cassis with flinty notes in the background. There are huge amounts of fruit, gobs of tannin, and remarkable purity and palate presence. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2015."
Vinous - 90+/100
"Bright ruby. Minerals, woodsmoke, gunflint, pungent oak spice and a vegetal complexity on the fascinating nose. Smooth and stuffed with flavor, but tougher than the Chapoutier '96 Crozes-Hermitage Varonniers and less open to inspection today. Distinctly granitic density of texture and mineral and gunflint notes. Finishes with lots of tongue-dusting tannins, but the aftertaste is not at all dry."
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.