2014 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The white of the vintage in Saint Joseph is the 2014 Saint Joseph les Granits Blanc. Coming all from one of the top terroirs in the region, the granite soils of the lieu-dit Saint Joseph, this 100% Marsanne release boasts terrific aromas and flavors of buttered citrus, poached pears, honeysuckle, spice and caramelized pineapple. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and textured, yet also elegant and silky, it should be a must buy by anyone who loves northern Rhône whites. (JD)
Limpid gold. A wild, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh orchard and pit fruits, orange zest and iodine, complemented by a chalky mineral overtone and a hint of jasmine. Sappy, incisive and pure on the palate, offering concentrated pear and nectarine flavors underscored by a smoky quality. Shows outstanding energy and focus on the finish, which lingers with serious, minerally tenacity. (Incidentally, the 2005, which I drank in early March, was wonderful, offering excellent depth and ripe pit fruit, honey and toasted nut qualities.)
Sumptuous tropical fruits – passion fruit and kumquats. Mid weight, a little more acid than some earlier vintages. Should age beautifully. Softer than the Ermitages.