2016 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits Blanc
Marsanne - 750ML
  • JD 96
  • VN 94
  • WA 93

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JD 96
jebdunnuck.com, January 2018
(94-96) One of my favorite whites in the world is the Les Granites Blanc from Chapoutier, and the 2016 Saint Joseph Les Granits Blanc is no exception. Scheduled to be bottled just after my tasting, it's a sensationally... (94-96) One of my favorite whites in the world is the Les Granites Blanc from Chapoutier, and the 2016 Saint Joseph Les Granits Blanc is no exception. Scheduled to be bottled just after my tasting, it's a sensationally rich, elegant Marsanne that has tons of buttered citrus, orange blossom, liquid rock and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and balanced on the palate, with excellent acidity and a great finish, this is a wine not to be missed.
VN 94
Vinous, May 2018
Vivid yellow-gold. Ripe honeydew melon, orange, buttered toast and a hint of smoky minerals on the intensely perfumed nose. A hint of leesiness emerges with air and carries onto the palate, complementing concentrated... Vivid yellow-gold. Ripe honeydew melon, orange, buttered toast and a hint of smoky minerals on the intensely perfumed nose. A hint of leesiness emerges with air and carries onto the palate, complementing concentrated Meyer lemon, pear and toasted brioche flavors. Silky and focused on the impressively long, mineral-laced finish, which leaves candied orange and iodine notes behind. -- Josh Raynolds
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2017
The pure Marsanne 2016 Saint Joseph les Granits Blanc is one of the appellation's top white wines. Largely barrel fermented, it boasts scents of toasted grain but also bold tangerine and melon flavors. It's medium to... The pure Marsanne 2016 Saint Joseph les Granits Blanc is one of the appellation's top white wines. Largely barrel fermented, it boasts scents of toasted grain but also bold tangerine and melon flavors. It's medium to full-bodied with a fabulously long, briny/zesty finish that balances the wine's ample weight. - Joe Czerwinski
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2016

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.