Saint Joseph Rouge Le Clos, M Chapoutier, Northern Rhone, France 2011
100% Syrah in barrels for around 20 months (25% new).
The Le Clos is sourced from less than an acre on a granite slope at the south end of Tournon. Chapoutier first began to bottle it in 2011 when the new winery gave him the ability to micro-vinify the roughly 200 cases of Le Clos made every vintage. Grown on brown soils derived from coarse-grained, black mica granite that is fractured and locally altered, this wine offers mineral and floral notes with great length.
"Similarly styled and getting an “awesome wine” in the notes, the 2011 Saint Joseph Les Clos shows that this vineyard is for real. Creme de cassis, licorice, crushed rock, graphite and pepper all show in the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, crazy purity and blockbuster length. It too is possibly the wine of the vintage and certainly, one of the finest Saint Josephs I’ve ever tasted." 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck robertparker.com