2014 Chapoutier St Joseph Le Clos
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $86.94 (reg. $99.94)
"Not enough can be said about the quality that consistently comes from this estate." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Comb through the many wine publications and forums of the world and Chapoutier will likely come up frequently, typically while discussing who makes the world’s greatest expression of Syrah. Chapoutier is a legend in the making, and his “single vineyard offerings are as good as Rhone Valley wines can be” according to Robert Parker. This single vineyard St Joseph is one of the newest parcels from Chapoutier and it's a complete knockout from this in demand producer. Being over 30% off the national average and the best price by nearly $50 per bottle is just icing on the cake!
Michel Chapoutier took over the family estate in the 1970’s and transformed it into the great Rhone domaine that it is today, with particular praise going to his world class Syrahs from the Northern Rhone. This St Joseph comes from a small ‘Clos’ in the heart of the commune, and was planted decades ago, though today Michel Chapoutier continues a steady program of replanting according to his own exacting standards. Chapoutier’s skill and experience, as well as remarkable terroir, combine in wines that outperform in every vintage, and this particular bottle left Jeb Dunnuck at the Wine Advocate “shocked at the quality” (95pts). What’s more, Dunnuck praised it as having “more than a passing resemblance to a top Hermitage coming from the Les Bessards lieu-dit.”
This is the kind of effortless, mineral tinged Syrah loaded with dark fruits, dried flowers, and spice that will offer two decades of delight. We don't have much in stock, and at this price it may not last long! Cheers!