2011 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A gorgeous white that savvy consumers should snatch up, the 2011 St.-Joseph Les Granits Blanc is a smoking Marsanne that, as Northern Rhone whites go, represents an incredible value. Loaded with tropical fruits, melon, buttered citrus and bitter orange rind, this full-bodied beauty has knockout texture and richness, great acidity and blockbuster length. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow-gold. Orange zest, jasmine, licorice and minerals on the intensely perfumed nose. Silky and precise, with very good lift to its tangy citrus fruit flavors. Shows a deeper pear nuance on the impressively long and clinging finish, which leaves a subtle floral note behind.
Pale honey colour. Honeysuckle nose. Pretty low acid makes it taste a little sweet but gloriously beguiling. Not that intense but very flattering with just a hint of bitter quinine quality on the end. Fun. 17/20 points.