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2016 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Le Clos

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March 26, 2023 - $91



97The Wine Advocate

...Classy notes of crushed stone and pencil shavings are joined by floral hints of violets, plus ripe cassis on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it comes across as dense yet not heavy, finishing with silky tannins and a tremendously long finish...

97+ Jeb Dunnuck

Crème de cassis, graphite, gunpowder, lavender, and obvious crushed rock notes all emerge from the 2016 Saint Joseph Le offers a Hermitage-like stature and level of structure, bright acidity, and a big finish...

95Wine Spectator

The dark currant and blackberry fruit features a lightly mulled edge, mixing in bay leaf and sage hints, along with a whiff of singed mesquite. A subtle echo of smoldering earth emerges at the very end, with the fruit keeping pace...

94Vinous / IWC

...Pungent, spice-laced black and blue fruit, floral, olive and smoked meat aromas, along with a building licorice quality. Stains the palate with deeply concentrated black currant, bitter cherry, violet pastille and smoky bacon flavors that turn sweeter on the back half.

17+ Jancis Robinson

Lovely peppery scent on the palate with dense black fruit and firm, floury tannin. A wine of large proportions, with very long, dark black fruit on the finish...


France, Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph

The Northern Rhône Valley wine region hugs the Rhône River from Vienne in the north to Valence at its southern tip. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales, and it is divided into eight appellations. Along with its neighbor to the south, the Southern Rhone Valley, it is famous for its big, tannic, intensely concentrated wines. Syrah is the only red grape permitted in AOC wines from this sub-region, though the Syrah can be blended with the white wine grapes Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, depending on the regulations for each AOC. White wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Of the eight appellations in the north, the most admired wines tend to come from Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage, though there are certainly exceptional wines to be found in St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, St.-Peray, Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas. Along with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, Rhône wines are among France’s best known and most collected wines. Red wines from these appellations are notable for their signature aromas of bacon and green olives, and for their depth. Robert M. Parker, a great champion of Rhone wines, has written that “the northern Rhône produces three of the greatest wines in the world – the white wines of Condrieu and the red wines of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage.”


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.