2011 Philippe Faury "Vieilles Vignes" Saint-Joseph
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Intense, mineral-driven aromas of dark berries, candied licorice and potpourri, plus a sexy Asian spice quality. Tangy and sharply focused, boasting impressive purity and depth to its sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors. Silky tannins build on the persistent, incisive finish, with the floral and spice notes repeating.
Wine & Spirits
Made from syrah off vines up to 76 years old, this is tight and stony, more about structure than any overt fruit. With hours in the glass, rays of cherry and red raspberry begin to shine through the earthiness, with stemmy notes adding a mouthwatering herbal edge. Though it’s built to last in the cellar, it’s approachable now if decanted—an elegant, restrained St-Joseph to elevate a grilled steak.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This features solid grip for the vintage, with a briary spine running through the core of plum, blackberry and dark cherry fruit. A charcoal hint hangs on the finish, leaving a lingering juicy feel. Drink now through 2018.
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.