2012 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1150233 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another blockbuster that savvy readers need to buy up, the 2012 Saint Joseph "Les Granits" Blanc is a drop-dead gorgeous wine that offers up tons of crushed rock-like minerality, stone fruits, white peach and buttered citrus to go with a full-bodied, decadent, yet also elegant and focused style on the palate. Count me a fan, and while it's a great drink now, it will have an easy 15+ years of evolution. (JD)  (12/2014)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light gold. Pear, lemon pith and white flowers on the intensely fragrant nose. Fleshy and expansive on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering vibrant, mineral-laced orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a suave floral nuance. Finishes spicy and very long, with lingering floral and mineral qualities. I'll bet that this tightly coiled wine will be a slow ager.  (3/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Intense, with salted butter, quinine and chamomile notes lending this a racy edge, while creamed melon, pear and Jonagold apple flavors form the core. The long finish features a buried mineral element, while a singed hazelnut aroma emerges in the end. Drink now through 2019.  (2/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Bright gold. White peach, poached pear, honey and smoky minerals on the deeply perfumed nose. Round and supple on the palate, with very good depth and clarity to the flavors of peach nectar, Meyer lemon, flowers and sweet butter. A leesy nuance builds with air and carries through a long, broad finish that repeats the floral and mineral notes. The blend of power and vivacity here is quite suave.  (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 100% Marsanne on granite. Low level of sulphur and as late as possible. They keep as much carbon dioxide as possible to protect whites. Lightly honeyed nose. Very broad almost fat palate with considerable gas dissolved in the wine. Even a slightly bitter note of coffee grounds. Not quite as luscious as some other vintages. (16/20, 05/2013)

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