2020 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits

Syrah - 750ML
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JD 97 VN 96 WA 95 WS 95 DC 94
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, December 2022

The 2020 Saint Joseph Les Granits brings another level of richness and depth, with a darker, almost cooler edge to its black fruits, scorched earth, and graphite, with an Hermitage-like leather note. Full-bodied on the...
VN 96

Vinous, December 2022

(VN 94-96 points) Saturated violet. There are expressive aromas of mineral-tinged black and blue fruits, violet, incense and exotic spices, and a hint of smokiness. Stains the palate with vibrant blackberry, blueberry...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2024

Marked by scents of crushed stone, licorice and black cherries, the 2020 Saint-Joseph Les Granits shows characteristic cool, granitic restraint. Medium to full-bodied, it's streamlined and fresh, with silky tannins and a...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, December 2023

A polished, massive red, with loads of aromatic complexity. Shows a savory thread of smoke that weaves through juniper and charred lavender notes, infusing a base of raspberry puree and dark plum flavors. Reveals tannins...
DC 94

Decanter, June 2021

Touch of fresh peat and seaweed on the nose at this early stage. Lovely weight and freshness on the palate, very clear and detailed. Tannins are measured, the wine has a crispness and even a touch of black pepper. Earthy...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation St Joseph
Vintage 2020
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.

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.

The 2020 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits is a remarkable red wine that showcases the elegance and complexity of the Northern Rhone region in France. With its deep, saturated violet color, this wine is a true feast for the eyes.

On the nose, there is a touch of fresh peat and seaweed, which adds a unique and intriguing element to the wine's aromatic profile. As the wine opens up, it reveals layers of blueberry, cassis, crushed stone, and graphite. These scents are beautifully intertwined, creating a captivating olfactory experience.

The palate of this wine is where it truly shines. It has a lovely weight and freshness, with a clarity and precision that is truly remarkable. The tannins are measured, providing structure without overpowering the other elements. There is a crispness to the wine, along with a touch of black pepper, adding a subtle spiciness to the overall profile.

This St Joseph Les Granits is an earthy and spicy style of wine, showcasing the terroir of the region without being overly ripe or concentrated. It offers a great balance and freshness that lingers on the palate. While it can be enjoyed young, it has the potential to age beautifully, offering even more complexity and pleasure over time.

The wine has received high praise from critics, with scores ranging from 94 to 97 points. According to Decanter, it will drink well between 2023 and 2030, offering a lot of pleasure and showcasing terroir and complexity. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate describes it as a full-bodied wine with a ripe and rich texture, while Jeb Dunnuck considers it an utterly magical Saint Joseph with sweet tannins and a great finish. Vinous praises its expressive aromas, vibrant flavors, and strikingly long finish.

Overall, the 2020 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits is a wine that exemplifies the best of the Northern Rhone region. Its elegance, complexity, and balance make it a truly outstanding choice for wine enthusiasts seeking a memorable and refined experience.