M. Chapoutier St. Joseph les Granits Premier 2010
"From granite soils, the appropriately named 2010 St.-Joseph Les Granits has an opaque purple color and gorgeous, dense notes of sweet black cherries with hints of crushed rock, graphite, pen ink and blackberry liqueur. The granite mineral terroir characteristics come through in this wine, which is full and rich...91-94" WA 12/11 "Vivid purple. An intensely fragrant nose features dark berry preserves, violet, cola and candied licorice. Juicy and perfumed in the mouth, with a velvety touch to the intense blackberry and floral pastille flavors. Youthfully vibrant wine, with zesty acidity adding bite to an impressively long, sappy, floral-accented finish...92-94" IWC 3/12
The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor CHAPOUTIER was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. The pioneering spirit was already present in the family.
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Vivid purple. Mineral- and smoke-accented blackberry and blueberry on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Lush but energetic with a peppery nuance adding bite and a sexy floral note building in the glass. Gains weight and structure with air and finishes with outstanding power and focus on a lingering candied violet note. The most mineral-driven of this year s set of Ermitage bottlings from Chapoutier and in need of patience. 94+ Stephen Tanzers IWC.
From the lower slopes of this rocky dome composed primarily of decomposed granite with east southeast and southern exposures the 2010 Ermitage Les Greffieux (343 cases produced) exhibits a black/purple color along with copious notes of graphite blackberries charcoal pen ink and black fruits. With a layered full-bodied mouthfeel a pure intense personality and noticeable tannins in the finish it appears set for a long evolution. Give it another 5-7 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades or more. -Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Sedimentary soil at the base of the Hermitage hill. Very dark purple indeed. Dense and magnificent and juicy. Sweeter than so many Hermitages. Explosive but not too alcoholic. Very exciting! Supple and yet intense and dense. Energy. Long. This may not be the longest-lived Chapoutier Ermitage but it s lovely! Jancis Robinson.
Most of the fruit comes from hillside vineyards in Larnage. The 2010 St.-Joseph Les Granits (870 cases produced) is a more flowery elegant feminine-styled effort than Les Varonnieres. A deep purple color is followed by sweet aromas of Chinese black tea graphite blueberries and black raspberries. With a flowery character superb purity full body and a precise crisp finish with plenty of wet rock and powdered stone-like notes this 2010 should age well for 15-20 years. -Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.