2004 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits Blanc
Marsanne - 750ML

  • RR 94
  • WA 94
  • WS 94

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Rhone Report - The Rhone Report, June 2012
Drinking beautifully the 100% Marsanne 2004 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits delivers a classic array of tropical fruits orange blossom fennel mineral and green almonds that flows to a medium to full-bodied rich... Drinking beautifully the 100% Marsanne 2004 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits delivers a classic array of tropical fruits orange blossom fennel mineral and green almonds that flows to a medium to full-bodied rich yet fresh and clean finish. Dry brilliantly concentrated and rich yet with perfect balance a elegant feel and serious length this classic Marsanne will continue to impress for another decade or more.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2007
The 2004 St.-Joseph Les Granits blanc is a wine with a light gold color notes of marzipan honeyed oranges and lemon butter with amazing fruit full body and extraordinary richness and size. The wine is showing better from... The 2004 St.-Joseph Les Granits blanc is a wine with a light gold color notes of marzipan honeyed oranges and lemon butter with amazing fruit full body and extraordinary richness and size. The wine is showing better from bottle than it did last year.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2007
Fat and juicy with lots of melon creamed peach dried pineapple and butter notes all framed nicely by a hint of hazelnut and a buried minerality. The long finish lets the fruit mineral and floral notes strut their stuff... Fat and juicy with lots of melon creamed peach dried pineapple and butter notes all framed nicely by a hint of hazelnut and a buried minerality. The long finish lets the fruit mineral and floral notes strut their stuff. This should gain greater elegance as it ages. Drink now through 2015. 200 cases made. -JM
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation St Joseph
Vintage 2004

Label

Les Granits Blanc is made from a selection of the oldest Marsanne vines on the estate’s best Saint Joseph soils. It has a golden yellow color, and on the nose is mineral with floral overtones of honeysuckle and lily in its youth, Tabasco, wax, and honey. Well-balanced, this is a very harmonious wine with subtle spices developing into honey with ageing. Depending on the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or from 50 to 75 years.

Winery

Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.