2011 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits Blanc
Marsanne - 3L

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2012
The brilliant 2011 St.-Joseph Les Granits Blanc offers up scents of caramelized citrus orange blossoms and honeysuckle. It is full-bodied with loads of fruit and as of now the telltale minerality has not yet penetrated... The brilliant 2011 St.-Joseph Les Granits Blanc offers up scents of caramelized citrus orange blossoms and honeysuckle. It is full-bodied with loads of fruit and as of now the telltale minerality has not yet penetrated the lavish fruit notes.-Robert Parker
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation St Joseph
Vintage 2011

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.