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2017 Guy Farge "Terroir de Granit" Saint-Joseph

SKU #1424130 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Very ripe liquorice, pepper, olive and black fruit nose. The palate is dense, fruity, tight and focused with saline tannins and a powerful, driving and grippy finish. Real terroir expression here. (DWWA 2019) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Saint Joseph Terroir de Granit lacks some of the vibrant raspberry notes found in Farge's Passion de Terrasses, but it looks virtually equivalent in overall quality. Black olives and black cherries pick up complex herbal-stemmy notes on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and supple, turning silky in texture on the long finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. Pungent dark berry, cherry pit and licorice aromas are sharpened by suggestions of cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Bitter cherry, black raspberry and floral pastille flavors take on a suggestion of salty olive as the wine opens up. Finishes long and spicy, with a repeating mineral note and steadily building tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

Guy Farge took over the management of his family estate in 1980. Originally selling his fruit to the Cave de Tain (where he worked) and then to Delas, in 2007 he began producing wines under his own label. Each year, the wines have grown and evolved as has Guy's winemaking prowess. Now working with his son Thomas, each bottling represents some of the best we have seen from his primarily granitic terroirs. The "Terroir de Granit" is primarily from sites in Aubert, La Roue and around the winery in Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. It is aged in used 400L barrels for about 12 months and is about 60-70% destemmed depending on vintage. The results, as with all of Guy's wines, are pure balanced expressions of his terroir.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
A visit to Guy and Thomas Farge's property screams terroir. Driving up the hill was reminiscent of a French farce where my GPS sent me up a nearby dirt road that was all slippery decomposing gravel instead of the slightly better paved road 50 meters away. I got half way up the hill when another neighboring producer gave the knowingly sad head-shake when I realized I was on a fool's errand and had to slowly back/slide down the hill in reverse. I made my correction and arrived a few minutes later at the winery's door. Guy and Thomas welcomed me and we took a quick tour of the property and vineyards. I kept looking back down the hill, which gave me an appreciation for the difficulty of working these hillside slopes (let alone driving up them). Granite is really what great St-Joseph is all about though. The hills erode under your feet (or tires) crumbling into gravel and sand when it reaches the bottom of the hill making for great (but difficult) conditions for Syrah production. The Terroir de Granit is a classic expression with its red and black fruit flavors evolving in the glass and showing the light herbal undertones and savory spice notes. This is a wine that is destined to have a long life and a few bottles discovered years in the future will have even more of the hallmark profile of smoky bacon fat added for great measure. Right now, it is joyous with its lush but balanced fruit and silky tannins. I can't wait to visit the Farge's again, this time though I'll adjust my route to favor the paved road. I'll leave the difficult hillsides to the producers.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is deep, and it shows a bit of earthy character and some spice. On the palate the wine has a crunchy tannin, but not bitter, it’s just crunchy but followed up with a very polished, supple mouthfeel, and long. While there is a background of fruit, this wine doesn’t show overt fruit, it’s not a blackberry, raspberry vehicle it is more subdued. The finish is supple, tannins couched appropriately, long and it does have a bit more soil character, some edgy mineral character. Overall I like this wine, drinkable now but in 3-5 years much more interesting.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2019 | Send Email
Guy Farge, who was once exclusively a grower, has gradually withheld more and more of his fruit in order to bottle wine from the family estate. The result of which is a winery steadily gaining in esteem with critics and our customers alike. After perusing the lovely aromatics of blue fruit, dark flowers, licorice and spice I was taken by the firm grip on the palate. The wine is assertive and bold and lets you know it is to be taken seriously. But there is a charm underneath that structure that rewards the taster with flavors of blueberry pie, spice, and tar. This is a terrific representation of all that’s going right at Guy Farge as well as reminding you just how impressive the wines from Saint-Joseph can be when in the right hands.

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