2015 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another tour de force that might be the wine of the appellation is the 2015 St Joseph Les Granits. Coming all from the namesake vineyard of the appellation (lieu-dit St Joseph), it’s about as sexy, voluptuous and concentrated as they come. Black raspberries, cassis, licorice and a liqueur of rocks-like profile emerges from the glass of this beauty—and it expands on the palate, with sweet tannin and a huge finish. Trust me, this is a wine you don’t want to miss!
Opaque ruby. Smoky cherry, blackberry, spicecake and licorice pastille aromas on the highly perfumed nose. Plush, open-knit dark fruit preserve flavors carry a peppery nuance and gain vivacity with aeration. Spicy and pliant on the impressively persistent finish, which shows appealing sweetness, gentle tannins and a late blast of smoky minerality.
The 2015 St.-Joseph Les Granits is tightly wound, with a strong iron note holding the core of blackberry and raspberry at bay, but there's terrific depth and drive here.
Wine Spectator reports favorably on the 2015 vintage in the Northern Rhône, saying: "'"We had no disease pressure; it was a healthy and particularly rich vintage," said Michel Chapoutier, whose Tain-based estate produces wines from every Northern Rhône appellation. "Although we identified some hydric stress in a few areas, the little rains of the 24th of August and 1st of September enabled [the vines] to unblock everything and end up with a very interesting sugar/acidity balance. Thus it was important not to rely on degrees and analysis this year, to avoid rushing to harvest and get unbalanced wines." Chapoutier believes that wines from granitic soils are concentrated, but not so much that they hide the signature style of that terroir. And wines from more sedimentary soils show finesse, despite ripe alcohol levels."