2018 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits Blanc

Marsanne - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JD 97 VN 94 WS 94 DC 93
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, December 2019

A killer wine as always, the 2018 Saint Joseph Les Granits Blanc reveals a medium gold color as well as powerful notes of white currants, toasted spices, brioche, quince, and crushed rock. With beautiful richness, medium...
VN 94

Vinous, May 2020

Limpid yellow-gold. Powerful, smoke-accented aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits are complemented by emerging mineral and floral overtones. Bright, focused and lively on the palate, offering densely packed orange...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, August 2021

Juicy, ripe, unctuous and well-detailed, this white pumps yellow apple, quince, white nectarine and yellow plum fruit flavors through, supported with finely-beaded acidity and backed by lingering verbena, chamomile and...
DC 93

Decanter, October 2019

Good freshness and precision. Rounded, plenty of body and weight, but also depth, real generosity of body, partly through alcohol. Honeysuckle, pithy citrus notes combine with good length and real mineral drive leading to...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation St Joseph
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
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.

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.