2012 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1150204 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Always one of the top wines in the appellation, the 2012 Saint Joseph les Granits is a blockbuster that needs to be snatched up by readers. I rated this 94 points on release, and it went screaming past that rating on this showing. Loaded with decadent cassis, blackberry, ground herbs, violets and leather-laced aromas and flavors, this beauty is full-bodied, low in acidity and has thrilling purity. It's hard to resist now (and I see no reason to either), but it will evolve for 10-15 years. (JD)  (12/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This has a lovely smoldering feel, with singed bay and dark olive notes studding the core of blackberry, black cherry and plum paste flavors. The long, iron-infused finish has great cut despite the heft of the fruit, revealing a sanguine echo that adds length and contrast. Gorgeous. Best from 2017 through 2025.  (2/2015)

93 points Antonio Galloni

 Brilliant ruby. Heady, intensely perfumed aromas of red and dark fruit preserves, smoky minerals and Asian spices, with a zesty mineral overtone gaining power with air. Rich, dense and focused, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that are lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Finishes with excellent power and persistence, the sweet and harmonious tannins folding smoothly into the wine's juicy, pure fruit. This is yet another example of a Saint-Joseph that compares favorably to many, if not most, examples of Hermitage. (Josh Raynolds)  (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 More granite. South facing. Rich and sweet and much more fluid and more welcoming than Les Varonniers. Very easy to love, although there is agreeable freshness on the finish so it is not just about sweet flattering fruit. 17/20 points. Drink 2014-2019.  (6/2013)

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