2016 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Lieu Dit Paradis" Saint-Joseph (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1344992 93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Another wine that has a smokin' good bouquet is the 2016 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Paradis. The Paradis Lieu-Dit is located just outside of Mauve and is a mix of granite, loess and alluvial soils. Cassis, blackcurrants, crushed rocks, peppery herbs and earth all give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, structured yet still elegant Saint Joseph. It shows the vintage’s forward, charming style, yet will be at its best with short-term cellaring. The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? They’re made in tiny quantities and there’s just not enough to go around. For readers who don’t know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team.  (1/2018)

91-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There will be only about 2,000 bottles of the 2016 Saint Joseph Lieu-Dit Paradis, from a vineyard near Mauves. It offers black cherry and blackberry fruit; a ripe, creamy mid-palate; and a long, firm finish. Drink this medium to full-bodied wine over the next decade or so. In the interest of saving time, I tasted these wines during my visit to Chapoutier, although Ferraton is run independently, with its own winemaking team and facility. Despite being under Chapoutier ownership since 2004, the style of wine and fruit sourcing tends to be quite different, as can be seen in the accompanying reviews. (JC)  (12/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 (from Mauves; 15% new oak) Youthful purple. Mineral-accented cassis and blueberry on the highly perfumed nose; peppery spice and floral notes build in the glass. Densely packed but lively dark berry preserve flavors show hints of smoky bacon and candied violet and pick up an allspice quality with air. Stains the palate and shows very good concentration but no excess weight. Finishes with vibrant mineral cut, slow-building tannins and strong, spicy persistence. (JR)  (6/2018)

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