2017 Chapoutier Le Clos Saint-Joseph

Syrah - 750ML
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JD 99 WA 96 JS 94 VN 94 WS 94
JD 99

jebdunnuck.com, December 2019

From a higher, east-facing vineyard, the 2017 Saint-Joseph Le Clos is almost black and is the most concentrated, powerful Saint Joseph in the vintage. Blackcurrants, cassis, kirsch, ground herbs, beef blood, burning...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019

The 2017 Saint-Joseph Le Clos takes intensity and richness in Saint-Joseph to virtually another level. Loaded with dense, ripe fruit from its facing slopes, it should prove to be a great, long-lived wine. Plum and...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, October 2019

Beautifully aromatic dried flowers, graphite and roasted red berries with roasted meat and grilled peaches. The palate has a smooth, deeply ripe core of dark berries with supple and succulent tannins. Drink or hold.
VN 94

Vinous, April 2020

Deep, dark ruby. Smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruits, licorice and potpourri on the intensely perfumed nose. Plush, sweet and broad on the palate, offering sweet blackberry, cassis, cola and exotic spice...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, August 2020

This shows a mix of pepper, mesquite and bay leaf notes out front, followed by a core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Ends with dark humus details through the finish, giving this an old-school feel. Drink now...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation St Joseph
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

Chapoutier’s Le Clos Saint-Joseph 100% Syrah has a dark, garnet black color with purple highlights throughout. On the nose are lovely notes of dark fruit (cherry, blackberry), and beautiful minerality with graphite notes. The wine is soft, rich and elegant on entry. It has very fine, silky tannins, long-lingering finish and aromatic notes reminiscent of the granite terroir.