2015 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" St-Joseph Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1278087 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A wine I’ve always loved, the 2015 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc is, I suspect, the greatest white to ever come from this appellation. Made from 100% Marsanne all from the St Joseph lieu-dit, aged 80% in demi-muids (15% new) and the rest in stainless steel, this sensational white offers loads of minerality in addition to citrus blossom, buttered hazelnuts, toasted bread and hints of orchard fruits. It needs a year or two of bottle age, but is an incredible white. Bravo to the team at Chapoutier for this effort.  (12/2016)

Wine Spectator

 The 2015 St-Joseph White Les Granits is its usual stunning self, with a long beam of yellow apple, white ginger and wet stone notes that ripple along through a long quinine accented finish. It's rich and mouthwatering, dense and lithe, a feat that few wines can match. This Marsanne is 100 percent from the lieu-dit St-Joseph, with full east exposure.  (10/2016)

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