2010 Philippe Faury "Vieilles Vignes" Saint-Joseph
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. Sexy aromas of cherry-cola, cassis, potpourri and Asian spices. Sappy, dense and palate-staining, with sweet flavors of dark berry compote, bitter cherry, star anise and violet. Deep, spicy dark fruit and spice qualities carry through the very long, seamless finish, which features a touch of candied flowers.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The outstanding 2010 St.-Joseph Vieilles Vignes possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to notes of creme de cassis, strawberries, licorice, lavender and spice box. Medium to full-bodied with an attractive fullness on the attack and mid-palate, excellent purity, light tannin and a reasonably long finish, it should drink well for a decade.
Along the steep, narrow valley that traces the northern Rhône, the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint-Joseph take their place among the great wines of France, and Domaine Faury is one of the region’s most artisanal producers. When Philippe Faury took over the domaine in 1979, the family was selling wine, peaches and cherries, and the bulk of their clientele was local. Over the years, Philippe expanded their holdings to over eleven hectares, and expanded sales to an international client base. In addition, he has shared his savoir faire with his son, Lionel. Since 2006, Lionel has taken over the reins at Domaine Faury, though father and son still work side by side. There’s a real attention to detail here, and nothing is done in haste. Every method used encourages the grape towards greatness with the ultimate respect for its fragility. Pigeage, the punching of the cap, is not carried out with tools, but gently by foot – not just poetic but also pragmatic. Unlike many other vignerons in the region, the Faurys have a strong aversion to new oak. This intense spicy 100% Syrah comes from vines planted between 1937 and 1976! 13% abv.