"The 1998 St.-Joseph Les Granits blanc offers an explosive bouquet consisting of orange liqueur intermixed with honeysuckle, peach, and acacia flowers. Full-bodied, with layers of concentration, lively acidity, and a compelling finish, it should drink well for a decade."
Vinous - 88/100
"Smoky aromas of apple, mint, spices and minerals. Juicy, spicy and bright; racy and focused. Seems fresher in bottle than it was from barrel a year ago."
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.