2012 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 St.-Joseph Les Granits is gorgeous. Medium to full-bodied and already supple, even sexy, with loads of sweet blackberry, black raspberry, olive and cured meat-like aromas and flavors, it has solid concentration, fine tannin and a great finish. Enjoy it over the coming decade or more.
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.