2015 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1278084 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Saint Joseph Les Granits is another knockout wine, and if it wasn’t for its Le Clos counterpart, it would be the wine of the vintage. Coming all from the namesake vineyard of the appellation (the lieu-dit Saint Joseph), it offers a huge nose of black raspberries, Provençal herbs, spice and saddle leather. Much more open, sexy and opulent than the more concentrated, yet backward Les Varonniers, it's an incredible wine to drink anytime over the coming two decades.  (1/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The full-bodied 2015 Saint Joseph les Granits is among the top wines of the appellation. Bursting with cassis, mocha and spice, it boasts a rich, creamy texture on the mid-palate, easing into a velvety finish backed by plentiful, powerful tannins. This may seem almost approachable, but patience will be rewarded. (JC)  (12/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 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.  (4/2017)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

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."

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