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Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Spectator, 91 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Wine & Spirits
Region: Rhone, France
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 13%
Item no. 114082
Grape Source: Three domaines in the lieu-dit of Saint Pierre de Bœuf
Appellation: Saint-Joseph, located on the west bank of the Rhône River, is a narrow strip of land approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) long linking Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie in northern Rhône. Many of the nearly 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of vineyards that produce Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne are grown on granite river banks.
Vine Age: 50 years and older
Barrel Aging: In new French oak (Allier and Tronçais)
More mineral than fruity, this delicate wine has a subtle, almost Burgundy-like structure, with fresh and pronounced acidity.
Vivid purple. Sexy, intensely perfumed aromas of black raspberry, incense, violet oil, minerals and cured meat, plus a strong mineral quality. Very fresh, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors gain weight and power with air, picking up notes of black pepper and candied flowers. The finish repeats the floral and mineral notes and clings with impressive tenacity.
This has a strong core of black currant and mulled raspberry fruit layered with vibrant minerality, piercing violet and lavender notes, and a long, sanguine finish. There's excellent focus and drive.
T-L’s 2007s from the Northern Rhône came out well, including this example from Saint-Joseph. Intense espresso, cracked pepper and black olive notes scream of cool-climate Syrah, while the feel in the mouth is supple, ending on a silky note.
This has an arrestingly delicious scent, the juicy purple fruit completely suffused with bacon fat and floral aromas. It’s scarily drinkable too, juicy yet firm, enticing in its spice and lily aromas yet not all overbearing. For a simple steak.