One reviewer calls it subtle and another calls it big-boned, and really, Les Granites is a bit of both. Its dusty, chalky tannins make for a glorious mouthfeel; underneath, there’s a host of juicy berry flavors that grip the midpalate and linger long on the finish. Closes with ripe tannins, and some espresso and black pepper.
Crafted from the vines of the old Jean-Louis Grippat estate, this is a wonderfully complex yet elegant rendition of Saint-Joseph. Smoky notes of cured meat and cracked pepper entwine perfumed, plummy fruit in this full-bodied, creamy-textured wine that should drink well for at least the next 10 years.
Apart from the fact that this wine comes from a small parcel that is itself called Saint-Joseph, the other curiosity of this wine is its label, which is designed like a banknote, by the man who used to design French francs (now, of course, out of a job). The wine inside the bottle is powerful and concentrated, flavored heavily with new wood, vanilla and spicy…
This is a dark, plush Saint-Joseph, not an edgy, wiry, herb-scented version. Superripe plum and licorice notes are framed by soft tannins and hints of baking spices, but the wine’ essential Syrah nature comes through on the dusty pepper-and-anise finish. Drink now–2020.
All of LVV’s 2011 Saint-Joseph’s are impressive. This one is fuller bodied and more lushly textured than the others while still showing intense Syrah character. Blueberry fruit and hickory smoke mark the nose, while the palate reveals remarkable nuances of crushed stone yet ends long and velvety. Drink now–2020.
A big step up from the 2009, the 2010 L’Arzelle is nuanced and silky. Pepper, porcini and plum pudding scents grace the nose, while the palate delivers dark fruit, black olive and espresso flavors that ease into a long finish. Drink now–2018.
Bursts with bold pepper and raspberry aromas and flavors, but they’re elegant as much as they’re potent. Powerful fruit, supple tannins and a long, structured finish make this one of the top Saint-Josephs. Drink now–2015.
Seemingly at its peak of maturity, although it should stay there for several years, this is a masterful Saint-Joseph, showing great complexity (flowers, pepper, smoke, cherries), ripe fruit and satin-textured tannins. Drink now-2012.