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Stéphane's St. Joseph is made from three parcels in Tournon, Glun, and Mauves—three of the original six villages, in the southern part of the appellation near Cornas—from vines dating back to the 1920s. The granite-dominated soils of these parcels imbue the wine with a pungent, almost powdery minerality that is so prominent as to be almost puzzling (in a wonderful way). The fruit is pure, and very deep, but also extremely bright, displaying a Burgundy-like combination of power and weightlessness. Furthermore, the wine is unmarked by the influence of new oak, as Stéphane dislikes those flavors in northern Rhone syrah, ageing instead in four-to-six-year-old casks. His wines are uncanny in their union of clarity and fruit expression with an unmistakable stamp of terroir—this St. Joseph could come from nowhere else in the world, and displays all the bramble, pepper, and bacon fat you want and expect in a wine from this region. While approachable and delicious today, it should evolve and improve for at least eight years… A truly exceptional wine.
"The 2007 St.-Joseph is a very fine effort for the vintage. Powdered rock, cassis, underbrush, and pepper characteristics dominate the aromas and flavors of this sensual wine that displays silky tannins. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
The Wine Advocate
Stephane Robert began building his domaine from scratch in 1994, at the age of 24. He began with a handful of rental agreements and now works with 3 hectares in Cornas, 2.5 in Saint-Joseph and 2 in Saint-Peray, most of which he owns. This has become an excellent source for nicely balanced, traditionally styled wines as Robert seeks intensity of flavor but dislikes the masking influence of new oak.
Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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