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Wines from Saint-Joseph

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94
points

M. Chapoutier 2000 Les Granites Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

  1. $97
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.  — W.E.  (9/1/2003)
93
points

E. Guigal 2007 Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

  1. $108
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.  — J.C.  (10/1/2011)
93
points

E. Guigal 1999 Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

  1. $28
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…  — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
92
points

Delas Frères 2004 Sainte-Épine Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $64
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.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
92
points

M. Chapoutier 2000 Les Granits Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

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  1. $95
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.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
92
points

Yves Cuilleron 2002 L'Amarybelle Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

  1. $38
The exuberance of this wine, full of ripe black fruits with great acidity, smoky wood and pure flavors, pushes Cuilleron’s wines up to a new level. This is a solid, tannic wine which at the same time has vibrancy and great fruit.  — R.V.  (2/1/2005)
91
points

E. Guigal 2007 Vignes de L'Hospice Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

  1. $108
Guigal’s long-term aging in new barrels has left a sheen of oak on this wine, but the underlying material is excellent, with mocha and plum notes supporting cedar and vanilla. The finish is long and savory, with a distinct granitic edge to the flavors. Drink now–2020.  — J.C.  (10/1/2011)
91
points

Tardieu-Laurent 2007 Vieilles Vignes Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

  1. $46
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.  — J.C.  (10/1/2011)
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