2013 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1189341 93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Sporting a terrific mostly opaque purple color, the 2013 Saint Joseph les Granits gives up a gorgeous perfume of crushed rocks, violets, bay leaf, charcoal, and black and blue fruits. Medium to full-bodied, structured and tannic, it needs 3-4 years of cellaring but should have two decades of overall longevity. While this cuvee is normally exuberant and sexy, this 2013 is much more classically styled. Looking at the 2014 whites from Michel Chapoutier, these are gorgeous wines that show the suppler, more elegant style of the vintage, yet still have thick, unctuous textures that keep you coming back to the glass. The level of concentration this estate is able to achieve, even in these more difficult vintages, is truly remarkable. The two blockbusters that readers shouldn't miss (and that are still affordable by mere mortals) are the 2014 Hermitage Chante-Alouette and the 2014 Saint Joseph les Granits Blanc. With respect to the reds, 2013 is a serious vintage at this estate, and at the top end, they’ve produced the wines of the vintage. I suspect the top releases will shut down relatively quickly so if you’re inclined to try one young, don’t wait too long. Inner quote mark (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Lively pepper and bay notes lead the way, followed by more savory details that are easily absorbed by the core of juicy cherry and blackberry fruit. Drink now through 2023. Inner quote mark (2/2016)

91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright purple. Brooding, slow-to-open black and blue fruit aromas, with hints of black pepper and licorice slowly peeking out. Chewy and tightly focused, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors and a touch of candied violet. Weighty and broad on the finish, which is firmed by chewy, building tannins. Not the easiest wine to read right now but there's clearly serious material here. (Josh Raynolds) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 2.5 ha, 100% Syrah. This is a selection of Chapoutier’s oldest Syrah vines (90-100 years) planted in the birthplace of the St-Joseph appellation. Here the very poor, stony granitic soil (suggested by the name) restrains the excessive vigour. South-facing slope. Very sucky stony with lots of fruit concentration. Hugely distinctive wine. Poor man's Hermitage? Tense and bone dry. Much more chunky and concentrated than Côte Rôtie! Very much a wine of the future. 17/20 points. Drink 2017-2025. Inner quote mark (4/2014)

Price: $39.99
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