M. Chapoutier 2004 Les Granits - 91-92pts
Availability: Private wine shops.
Date Tasted: May 17th, 2010
Tasting Notes: This100% Syrah wine from top Rhone Valley producer M. Chapoutier is born of very poor and very stony granitic soils, as the name suggests, and delivers the stimulating soupéon of Northern Rhone. Full-bodied and concentrated on the nose and palate offering aromas and flavours of smoke, pepper, bitter chocolate, violets, beef jerky, toasted oak, granite and dark fruits.
Aged in 100% new or very recent French oak for 12-14 months giving the wine strong, but well structured tannins. At 6 years of age already, the wine has a beautiful garnet hue to the rim and core. This is a top quality Syrah from the Saint Joseph appellation that will make a nice addition to anyone's cellar. Drink now through 2018.
- Liam Carrier