The entry level red Saint Joseph is principally from the steep upper slope Peygros lieu dit in Tournon, a prime site indeed, next to the Gonon brothers and Stéphane Rousset. If I were to recommend to someone to get reference point examples of Saint Joseph at its finest, I would recommend this cuvée, along with Faurie’s Vieilles Vignes and the Gonon brothers cuvée (that has now gotten embarrassingly expensive/speculated upon). I have included four vintages of the wine to allow those of you who are curious to mix up a vertical!!
“Syrah ranging from 1946 to 2002 on Peygros at Tournon, av age 38 yrs, all destemmed since 2006 until 25% stems included in mid-2010s, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 15-20% new, 20-35% 1-8 year 228-litre oak casks, 50-60% 600-litre oak casks for 11 months (600-litre cask percentage growing), fined, filtered, 30-35,000 b” JLL general thoughts on the cuvée
“full, dark red. Essence of blackberry leads the nose, with mocha, tar, raspberry, and a lead pencil clarity. The palate presents a joli wave of black fruits, carries spicing, and direct tannins that have fresh thrust [“fining will refine them,” F Gripa]. There are peppery late moments. This is thorough, but not obviously so; its inner strength will escape many. From mid-2019. 2031-33 Nov 2017” Four stars, John Livingston Learmonth