The two flagship releases from St Joseph include the Le Clos and Les Granits. Almost as good as the Le Clos, the 2014 St Joseph Les Granits offers a complex bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, new saddle leather, beef blood and toasted spice in a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated style. It has more obvious structure than the Le Clos and needs 3-4 years of bottle age, which isn’t the norm in the vintage.
Warm, rich and inviting, with layers of fig, blackberry and black currant compote rolling through, backed by smoldering charcoal and warm paving stone hints. The long finish lets dark earth and cocoa notes fill in, maintaining cut and definition. Best from 2018 through 2029. 35 cases imported.
Cask sample. Granite and faces south from the lieu-dit that is actually called St-Joseph. Blackish crimson. Sumptuous ripe nose and perhaps the merest hint of reduction on the nose. Real grip here. Food desperately needed! Jancis Robinson
Medium to deep ruby red. Super smoky on the nose and charred with matches, rocks and graphite. A bit of olives and dark cherries too. Heavy tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Tons of rocks on the palate with cherries, layered with toast and olive tapenade. Very dry and super long finish. Built to age. Drink till 2030. (93+)~
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