E. Guigal - Saint-Joseph - Vignes de L'Hospice

93 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
E. Guigal - Saint-Joseph - Vignes de L'Hospice - 2017 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

E. Guigal - Saint-Joseph - Vignes de L'Hospice

93 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
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Marked by scents of tar and black olives, cedar and clove, blackberries, and cassis, the 2017 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is the most complex, structured and age worthy of the three Saint-Joseph cuvées. The puppy fat and jamminess that were present earlier in its élevage are largely gone, and while the wine is medium to full-bodied, it's also reserved and elegant, with shadings of crushed stone and fine-grained tannins defining the palate and lingering on the finish.
The most impressive vintage of this wine I can recall tasting, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is an awesome Saint-Joseph. Visitors to the region can easily spot the steep vineyard just above the town of Tournon when looking across the Rhône from Tain l'Hermitage. Aged in 100% new oak, the wine still shows hints of cedar and vanilla on the nose but also notes of crushed stone and black cherries. It's full-bodied but kept in check by a touch of granite-like austerity that gives the palate shape and length, while the firm tannins glide away in a silky wash on the finish. Almost approachable now, I suspect it will drink well through at least 2035.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Rhone
Appellation:
Saint-Joseph
Producer:
E. Guigal
Grapes/Blend:
Syrah
ABV:
14%

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E. Guigal

The Northern Rhône wine region exploded in popularity in the mid 80’s and it was really down to two people, Etienne Guigal and Robert Parker. Etienne took over...
The Northern Rhône wine region exploded in popularity in the mid 80’s and it was really down to two people, Etienne Guigal and Robert Parker. Etienne took over the vineyard in 1946, but it was his promotional efforts of the region combined with Robert Parker that put his wine on the map. Soon the Rhône Valley became famous as a wine region producing some of the most seductively elegant and aromatic wines in the world, Guigal’s Côte Rôtie being one of them.

E.Guigal is truly a family business with Marcel, Etienne’s son, taking over the business in 1961 with the help of wife Bernadette and today their son Phillipe and wife Eve represent the third generation of this iconic property.

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Wine has been produced in the Rhône Valley for over 500 years, with some of its vineyards being amongst the oldest in France. Syrah rules over the south...
Wine has been produced in the Rhône Valley for over 500 years, with some of its vineyards being amongst the oldest in France. Syrah rules over the south with a mix of Mediterranean grapes, while in the north, the two stars are Hermitage – grown on an imposing granite hillside above the town of Tain and best put away in the back of the cellar for a decade – and Côte-Rôtie, a star appellation made famous by Guigal's single-vineyard wines, yet also home to dozens of fine producers as yet less well known. The sheer hillsides overlooking the river have to be terraced to make production possible.

St Joseph and Cornas also provide wines of weight and worth, but the best source for good value is Crozes-Hermitage, a satellite appellation which has come alive in the last few years with the arrival of young blood.

The river valley widens out south of Valence into Côtes du Rhône country on the windy alluvial plains and the lower slopes of the hills. It is a most imposing sight during the cold, clear, blue skies of Mistral conditions. The best of the wine villages of the Côtes du Rhône have been promoted to their own appellations - Vinsobres, Vacqueyras - close in quality to the better known Gigondas.

The king of the southern Rhône is Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here the galets roulés, rounded rocks from the ancient river bed, provide the context for gloriously rich red wines that are redolent of the heat and herbs of the south, and enhanced by the complexity which comes from blending several grape varieties. Thirteen are permitted in all, but Grenache usually dominates, along with Syrah and Mourvèdre in support. A fine vintage needs eight to 10 years cellaring for best results.

If your taste runs to fuller, richer, relatively exotic white wines, then perhaps a white Hermitage or Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the Rhône Valley would suit better, or else a marvellously perfumed, heady Condrieu - headquarters of the Viognier grape.
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Saint-Joseph

Saint Joseph is a wine appellation located in the northern Rhône region of France. It is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world,...

Saint Joseph is a wine appellation located in the northern Rhône region of France. It is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, made from the Syrah grape variety. The appellation covers a total area of approximately 1,200 hectares, with vineyards planted on steep slopes overlooking the Rhône River.

The history of Saint Joseph dates back to the Roman era, when the region was known for producing high-quality wines. However, it was not until the 17th century that the appellation gained recognition for its exceptional wines. Today, Saint Joseph is considered one of the most prestigious wine appellations in France, with a reputation for producing wines of great depth, complexity, and elegance.

The style of production in Saint Joseph is traditional, with a focus on hand-harvesting and minimal intervention in the winemaking process. The vineyards are planted on granite and schist soils, which impart a unique minerality to the wines. The Syrah grape variety is the dominant grape grown in the region, although small amounts of Marsanne and Roussanne are also grown.

The typical wines from Saint Joseph are red wines made from the Syrah grape variety. These wines are known for their deep ruby color, intense aromas of black fruit, spice, and earthy notes, and a full-bodied, tannic structure. The wines are aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months, which adds complexity and depth to the wine. The best wines from Saint Joseph can age for up to 20 years, developing even more complexity and depth over time.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in white wines from Saint Joseph, made from the Marsanne and Roussanne grape varieties. These wines are known for their floral aromas, notes of honey and citrus, and a rich, creamy texture.

Overall, Saint Joseph is a wine appellation that is steeped in history and tradition, producing some of the finest wines in the world. Its unique terroir, traditional winemaking techniques, and focus on quality have earned it a reputation as one of the most prestigious wine appellations in France.

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