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Tain ‘Esprit de Granit’ St Joseph

2014

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The Basics

Country

France

Region

Rhone

ABV

13%

Vintage

2014

Size

75cl

Grape

Shiraz/Syrah

£24.50

2 in stock

The Details

In a Nutshell

Multi award winning Syrah with great structure.

Tasting Notes

Grown on granite soils the wine has a minerality and complexity balanced by ripe, rounded blackberry and spice fruits. Supple and well knit tannins provide good structure and length on the finish.

Grape Blend

100%

Syrah

Production Notes

Vineyards are situated on the right bank of the valley in the Northern Rhône, and arranged in terraces on granite soil. Harvesting is by hand and grapes from the old Syrah vines are selected from the best sites in the Saint Joseph vineyard.

A second and uncompromising selection of the grapes takes place in the cellar to determine the final “Esprit de Granit”. All grapes are destemmed. After a long maceration (3 weeks), the juice is run off directly into oak barrels for 14 months.

Producer - Cave de Tain

At the foot of the famous Hermitage hillside, the Cave de Tain l’Hermitage produces five appellation contrôlée wines, namely Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, Cornas and St-Péray. The Cave de Tain l’Hermitage owns a 21 hectare domaine within the Hermitage appellation and the winemaker, Xavier Frouin supervises each stage of vinification, from grape reception, classified according to quality, right up to bottling.

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Press Quotes & Awards

Rock solid, presenting a chunk of baker's chocolate at the core that slowly yields to notes opf plum and blackberry preserves. A strong graphite spine pins the finish down. Needs to shed a little grip in the cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2014 through 2020. 92 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, December 2013

Solid on all accounts, the 2011 Saint Joseph Esprit de Granit is a beautiful effort that reveals classic black currants, cassis, and raspberry intermixed with distinct minerality, crushed rock and hints of chocolate. Clean, balanced and beautifully proportioned, with medium to full-bodied texture and ample concentration, it can be enjoyed any time over the coming decade. 90 Points

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, Issue 2010

Bronze (2010 vintage)

Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

Gold & St-Joseph Trophy & French Red Trophy & International Syrah Trophy (2010 vintage)

IWC 2013

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The Basics

Country

France

Region

Rhone

ABV

13%

Vintage

2014

Size

75cl

Grape

Shiraz/Syrah

£24.50

2 in stock