2012 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better and one of the top whites in the appellation (and Northern Rhone for that matter), Chapoutier’s 2012 St.-Joseph Les Granits Blanc boasts a massive bouquet of pit fruits, apricot, honey, liquid minerality and licorice. This flows to a full-bodied, gorgeously textured white that has beautiful purity of fruit, awesome focus and blockbuster length. Enjoy it over the coming decade or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light gold. Pear, lemon pith and white flowers on the intensely fragrant nose. Fleshy and expansive on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering vibrant, mineral-laced orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a suave floral nuance. Finishes spicy and very long, with lingering floral and mineral qualities. I'll bet that this tightly coiled wine will be a slow ager.
The 2012 St.-Joseph White Les Granits is marked by a combination of richness, freshness and purity, as lemon curd, star fruit and creamed white peach notes are stitched with quinine, chamomile and blanched almond notes. The finish ripples with finely beaded acidity and seamlessly integrated toast. It's a beautiful wine on par with and perhaps even slightly ahead of the '07 and '05 versions in terms of quality.