2012 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival)
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid purple. Fresh dark berries, pungent flowers and Asian spices on the highly perfumed nose. Silky and appealingly sweet, offering spicy black raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the long spice- and smoke-tinged finish, with the cherry note echoing.
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.
The 2012 St.-Joseph Les Granits delivers a mini-Hermitage experience, with piercing iron and violet notes laid over intense fig, blackberry and plum fruit. The iron edge remerges through the finish, giving it a rigid spine.