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Saint-Joseph is undoubtedly the most disparate of all the appellations of the northern Rhone. This is not surprising, since the wine-growing area was expanded at the end of the 1960s from the original 6 communes to 26 today. The vineyards now stretch along the west bank of the Rhone from Condrieu almost 60 kilometres south to the border with Cornas. The vines are partly planted in ancient systems on steep, terraced plots with stony, brown, deep granite soils, partly on the cooler, much less well-supplied plateaus, but also partly on fertile soil in the valley floor.
Photo: Olivier Roux

At its best, red Saint-Joseph is a stunning blend of concentration, complexity, freshness and the typical peppery and slightly bacony spiciness of Syrah, of which the wines must be made with the exception of a possible small proportion of white grapes; even powerful examples from good sites can turn out cool and elegant. The less privileged representatives are ideally also juicy, but lack the delicacy and complexity of the tops; at the lower end are rather rustic growths that can certainly have their charm, but would perhaps be better labelled as simple Côtes du Rhone.

Very interesting here are often the restrained aromatic whites from Marsanne and/or Roussanne, which can turn out much cooler than one might expect here. Successful examples are tart and juicy, firm and mineral and capable of developing positively for 5 to 10 years.

We have currently tasted around 50 wines, of which we present the best here and, as always, also the best. as PDF as always. Links to all the wines and their producers with detailed descriptions can be found by clicking on the headings.

Saint-Joseph rouge

  • 95WP 2015 Pierre Gonon
  • 94WP 2014 "Vignes de l'Hospice", Guigal
  • 93WP 2016 "Les Granilites", Chapoutier
  • 92+WP 2017 "Baligant", A. Ogier
  • 90WP 2017 "Pierres D'Iserand" Jacouton
  • 89WP 2017 Domaine du Tunnel
  • 89WP 2016 Guigal
  • 89WP 2017 "Zélée", Chatagnier
  • 88WP 2017 "Laurus", Meffre
  • 88WP 2015 "Esprit de Granit", Cave de Tain L'Hermitage
  • 88WP 2016 "Anais", Domaine du Chêne
  • 88WP 2016 Vidal-Fleury
  • 88WP 2017 "La Sybarite", Chatagnier
  • 88WP 2017 "Saint-Etienne", Meffre
  • 88WP 2016 "Terre d'Élise", Clairmont
  • 88WP 2017 "Les Salamandres", Domaine Mucyn
  • 88WP 2016 "Deschants", Chapoutier
  • 87WP 2017 Domaine du Chêne
  • 87WP 2017 "L'Olivaie", Domaine Pierre Coursodon
  • 87WP 2015 "SE Terroirs D'Exeption", Cave de Tain L'Hermitage
  • 87WP 2017 "Origine", Domaine Lyton-Fleury
  • 87WP 2017 Domaine Pradelle
  • 87WP 2017 "Cuvée Côte-Diane", Cave de Saint-Désirat
  • 87WP 2016 Domaine Christophe Pichon
  • 87WP 2015 "CH Terroirs D'Exception", Cave de Tain L'Hermitage
  • 86WP 2017 "Grand Classique", Cave de Tain L'Hermitage
  • 86WP 2017 "Silice", Domaine pierre Coursodon
  • 86WP 2017 Domaine des Remizières
  • 86WP 2016 Domaine Laurent Habrand
  • 84WP 2017 Domaine Aléofane

Saint-Joseph blanc

  • 91WP 2016 "Granilites", Chapoutier
  • 89WP 2018 "Cuvée Aendine", Cave de Saint-Désirat
  • 89WP 2017 "Deschants", Chapoutier
  • 89WP 2017 "Les Carats", Domaine Mucyn
  • 89WP 2017 "Emisphère", Domaine Boisonnet
  • 88WP 2017 "Souvenirs d'André", Jacouton
  • 88WP 2018 Guigal
  • 88WP 2017 "Terre d'Ivoire Selection Parcellaire", Cave de Tain L'Hermitage
  • 88WP 2017 "L'Olivier", Domaine Lyton-Fleury
  • 87WP 2018 "Silice", Domaine Pierre Coursodon
  • 86WP 2017 "Grand Classique", Cave de Tain L'Hermitage

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