"Made from an incredibly tiny yield of 10-15 hectoliters per hectare, 1997 St.-Joseph Les Granites offers an apricot/orange liqueur-like note, along with the pronounced mineral characteristic of the granitic soil in which this 80-year old parcel of vines is planted. What is so amazing about this single-vineyard wine is that it is aged in 100% new oak, but there is very little evidence of wood in the wine, a testament to its extraordinary concentration and richness. Because of low acidity, look for the 1997 to have a fast evolutionary track-7-10 years."
Vinous - 88-90/100
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.