The white of the vintage in Saint Joseph is the 2014 Saint Joseph les Granits Blanc. Coming all from one of the top terroirs in the region, the granite soils of the lieu-dit Saint Joseph, this 100% Marsanne release boasts terrific aromas and flavors of buttered citrus, poached pears, honeysuckle, spice and caramelized pineapple. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and textured, yet also elegant and silky, it should be a must buy by anyone who loves northern Rhône whites. It will have 10-15 years of prime drinking.
Cask sample. Marsanne at 25 hl/ha on granite picked in mid September and fermented in 600-l barrels. Sumptuous tropical fruits – passion fruit and kumquats. Mid weight, a little more acid than some earlier vintages. Should age beautifully. Softer than the Ermitages. Jancis Robinso
I dont know if Marsanne gets much better than this. I was skeptical of RP's score (95) but after spending 3 hours with this bottle, I cant disagree. When cold, the incredibly complex acidity of this wine is its dominant feature. I'd serve it cold with a chilled crab salad, but I'd be missing its best. As it warmed to 55 or so, it presents with aromas of acacia honey, nectarine skin, lemon custard, a hint of white powder soap, warm cinnamon, and spearmint. In the mouth, that vibrant acidity shows a cornucopia of flavors: marjoram, green papaya, green mango, pineapple skin, crushed granite, white pepper, with a beautiful long finish of lime zest, white ash, and quinine.~
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