From a wee .5 hectare parcel neighboring the Gonon’s in Saint Joseph’s steep terraced Mont Chaud sector in Tournon.
The Saint Joseph, from a tiny steep parcel next to one of the Gonon’s parcels on the Tournon hillside, is always riper in black fruits and sexy sexy relative to the structured and cooler Picaudières. I didn’t prefer the overripeness/stewed fruit quality of the 2016 rendition, and said as much….which this year’s does not possess whatsoever, remaining on fresh black fruits. For more immediate appeal and partnering with grilled fare and other such big flavors, this will prove to be a crowd pleasing sexy time kind of wine, whose substance is buried beneath so much fleshiness. On the world stage of $26 bottles of wine, this (like everything here) offers silly good value…..a little * awarded here.
“Lurid ruby. High-pitched red and dark berry, spicecake and floral pastille scents are complicated by olive and smoky Indian spice accents. Juicy, polished and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that pick up a mineral nuance with air. Closes supple and long, displaying resonating spiciness and just a hint of fine-grained tannins.” 91 Josh Raynolds FOR THE 2016, NOT THE 2017 OFFERED HERE.