2015 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits Blanc
Marsanne - 750ML
  • WA 97
  • VN 94
  • WS 93

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2016
A wine I’ve always loved, the 2015 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc is, I suspect, the greatest white to ever come from this appellation. Made from 100% Marsanne all from the St Joseph lieu-dit, aged 80% in demi-muids (15%... expand A wine I’ve always loved, the 2015 St Joseph Les Granits Blanc is, I suspect, the greatest white to ever come from this appellation. Made from 100% Marsanne all from the St Joseph lieu-dit, aged 80% in demi-muids (15% new) and the rest in stainless steel, this sensational white offers loads of minerality in addition to citrus blossom, buttered hazelnuts, toasted bread and hints of orchard fruits. It needs a year or two of bottle age, but is an incredible white. Bravo to the team at Chapoutier for this effort. - Jeb Dunnuck collapse
VN 94
Vinous, May 2018
Bright gold. Fresh nectarine, pear nectar, chamomile and an exotic truffle nuance on the highly fragrant nose. Juicy and focused on the palate, showing impressive vivacity for a hot year and offering sappy orchard and pit... expand Bright gold. Fresh nectarine, pear nectar, chamomile and an exotic truffle nuance on the highly fragrant nose. Juicy and focused on the palate, showing impressive vivacity for a hot year and offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors that are given spine by a core of smoky minerality. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral lift on the finish, which hangs on with superb, floral- and mineral-tinged persistence. -- Josh Raynolds collapse
WS 93
Wine Spectator, June 2018
Alluring, with shortbread and verbena notes that are melded with fennel, yellow apple and green plum flavors. Shows a light salted butter accent on the finish. Drink now through 2020.—J.M.
Category Description
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.