2009 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Rouge

SKU #1107968 95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Densely packed, delivering layers of roasted fig, crushed blackberry and macerated plum fruit, all stitched together with singed apple wood and cocoa powder notes. The finish hints at a tangy iron edge, but is cloaked in fruit and toast for now. Terrific cut and length. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JM) Inner quote mark (9/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark More sweetly fruited (not unlike the 2011), the 2009 Saint Joseph Les Granits literally bursts from the glass with ripe black raspberry, kirsch, toasted bread, spice and floral-like aromas and flavors. Ripe, beautifully concentrated, up-front, layered and downright sexy, I’d enjoy it over the coming decade, but it will evolve for longer. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Full ruby. Dark berries and cherry compote on the pungent, smoke-accented nose. Rich, palate-coating blackberry and boysenberry flavors show very good depth and become spicier with air. Picks up an exotic floral pastille note on the long, penetrating finish. This wine is slow to unfold and really demands some patience. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 2.5 ha, 100% Syrah. This is a selection of Chapoutier’s oldest Syrah vines planted in the birthplace of the Saint-Joseph appellation. Here the very poor, very stony granite soil (suggested by the name) is vital in restraining excessive vigour that can adversely affect the quality of less well-favoured Saint-Joseph vines. Dark crimson though it shades out to something less dramatic at the rim. Firm and tight on the nose but with a lovely sumptuous ripeness on the palate. Great texture: relatively smooth and polished. Should give a great deal of pleasure in the medium term. 17/20 points. Drink 2015 – 2024. (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2010)

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