"Last of the Les Granits, the 1998 Saint Joseph Les Granits is a perfumed, classy effort that’s drinking perfectly today. Giving up classic cured meats, dried flowers, underbrush and sweet Syrah fruit, it’s medium-bodied, layered and still nicely focused on the palate, with a core of sweet fruit that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s another wine to line up for drinking over the coming 4-5 years."
Vinous - 91+/100
"Bright medium ruby. Perfumed, very pure aromas of cassis, raspberry, minerals, pepper, bitter chocolate and tobacco. Fruity and suave on the palate, with the wine powerful minerality currently restraining its sweetness. But already wonderfully aromatic in the mouth. Finishes with serious, dusty tannins that spread out horizontally over the palate. Strong lingering flavors of red berries and pepper. From a yield held under ten hectoliters per hectare by the sharp mid-April frost. Very classy, granitic syrah for aging."
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.