2012 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • WS 94
  • VN 93
  • JR 90

Reg: $79.94

$55.00

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Reg: $79.94

$55.00

This product is
out of stock

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2014
Always one of the top wines in the appellation, the 2012 Saint Joseph les Granits is a blockbuster that needs to be snatched up by readers. I rated this 94 points on release, and it went screaming past that rating on this... Always one of the top wines in the appellation, the 2012 Saint Joseph les Granits is a blockbuster that needs to be snatched up by readers. I rated this 94 points on release, and it went screaming past that rating on this showing. Loaded with decadent cassis, blackberry, ground herbs, violets and leather-laced aromas and flavors, this beauty is full-bodied, low in acidity and has thrilling purity. It's hard to resist now (and I see no reason to either), but it will evolve for 10-15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, February 2015
This has a lovely smoldering feel, with singed bay and dark olive notes studding the core of blackberry, black cherry and plum paste flavors. The long, iron-infused finish has great cut despite the heft of the fruit... This has a lovely smoldering feel, with singed bay and dark olive notes studding the core of blackberry, black cherry and plum paste flavors. The long, iron-infused finish has great cut despite the heft of the fruit, revealing a sanguine echo that adds length and contrast. Gorgeous. Best from 2017 through 2025. — J.M.
VN 93
Vinous - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, February 2015
Brilliant ruby. Heady, intensely perfumed aromas of red and dark fruit preserves, smoky minerals and Asian spices, with a zesty mineral overtone gaining power with air. Rich, dense and focused, offering intense black... Brilliant ruby. Heady, intensely perfumed aromas of red and dark fruit preserves, smoky minerals and Asian spices, with a zesty mineral overtone gaining power with air. Rich, dense and focused, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that are lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Finishes with excellent power and persistence, the sweet and harmonious tannins folding smoothly into the wine's juicy, pure fruit. This is yet another example of a Saint-Joseph that compares favorably to many, if not most, examples of Hermitage. -- Josh Raynolds
JR 90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, May 2013
More granite. South facing. Rich and sweet and much more fluid and more welcoming than Les Varonniers. Very easy to love, although there is agreeable freshness on the finish so it is not just about sweet flattering fruit... More granite. South facing. Rich and sweet and much more fluid and more welcoming than Les Varonniers. Very easy to love, although there is agreeable freshness on the finish so it is not just about sweet flattering fruit. 17/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation St Joseph
Vintage 2012

Label

Chapoutier Les Granits is made from a selection of the estate’s oldest Syrah trunks in the birthplace of the Saint Joseph appellation. The wine’s color is a very deep garnet red. On the nose and mouth are smoky and peppered aromas of black fruit jam with mineral overtones. Tannins are tight with a long persistency in mouth. Depending on the vintage, this 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.