2013 M. Chapoutier "Le Clos" Saint-Joseph Rouge

SKU #1271760 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deeper in color and more opaque than the Les Granits, the 2013 Saint Joseph le Clos checks in at 14% natural alcohol and has beautiful density and depth in its crème de cassis, burning embers, wet rock and charcoal-scented bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, tight, focused and sensationally pure, with building tannin and a seamless, elegant, lengthy profile, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will have two or more decades of overall longevity. (JD)  (12/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Bright violet. A powerful, expressive bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, incense and candied flowers, and an exotic Indian spice nuance builds in the glass. Offers palate-staining boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that open up and become spicier with air. Lush yet vibrant in character, displaying seamless texture and a sexy, lingering floral note on the impressively long, smoke-accented finish. (JR)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Less than 1 ha, 100% Syrah. In Tournon, south-east facing 15-year-old vines just above the cemetery. There were vines here before 1000 AD. Broad and toasty. Complete and confident. Neat and very fresh. Most impressive. Long. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 The 2013 St.-Joseph Le Clos takes a broader, more muscular approach, with fleshy plum and blackberry paste flavors backed by a ganache- and tar-filled finish that expands steadily. (JM)  (12/2014)

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