Deze wijn past o.a. bij gegrild vlees, kalfsvlees , lam en pasta met vleessaus.
Louis Barruol is de absolute ster uit Gigondas. In een aantal jaren tijd is hij met zijn kultwijnen uitgegroeid tot een internationaal zeer gewaardeerde wijnmaker. Van zijn instapwijnen onder het label Little James Basket tot de 100 punten wijn Hominis Fides (helaas zijn de wijnen zeer beperkt beschikbaar door de toenemende wereldwijde vraag).Meer over deze wijnmaker
Wijnmaker Louis Barruol schrijft het volgende over zijn 2017 Saint Joseph:
'100% Serine (heirloom Syrah). 70% destemmed fruit – 30% whole clusters. Granite sand in the small Malleval valley. Aged for twelve months: 20% in new casks – 40% in casks used for one wine - 40% in casks used for two to three wines.
Last year I dedicated my prose to the remarkable potential of the granite soils of Saint Joseph. But expression of the soils is maximised by the multi-faceted personality of Syrah. Its multiplicity is amazing. Syrah has the ability that few grape varieties have to adapt to a wide range of soils and climates. It shares this feature with Riesling: they must have the same ancestor, i.e the chameleon! Nevertheless, the climate of the northern Rhone Valley is probably where Syrah expresses the greatest finesse and complex aromatics. Perhaps this adaptability stems from the genes of its distant ancestor, traditionally located in the Middle East and around the Caspian Sea, when men were already making wine to ease the hardships of their lives and mores. In 2017 we harvested our Syrah as usual very late, in October. Our late-ripening sites allow us to have ripe fruit with no excess alcohol. In the cold valley of Malleval, Syrah is ripe at 12.5 / 13% alcohol. This is a very important parameter for balance in wines. With its aromas of rose and smoke, the 2017 is typically fleshy: it is quite a structured Saint Joseph but carries within it the ‘etherealness’ of a late harvest. Peony, wild blueberry, liquorice, tobacco. Bottled without filtration.'
From granitic soils at the northern end of Saint Joseph, the 2017 Saint Joseph reveals scents of smoke, crushed stone and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, it's nicely concentrated and ripe, with fine-grained tannins lingering in a dusty manner on the long finish.
This has a very strong, savory edge and there’s wet stone, coal smoke and oyster shell, as well as iodine. The black fruit is subdued by the granite here. The palate has a very compressed feel, vibrantly grippy in this young mode and very fresh, too. This will deliver in six to eight years.
As in 2016, the 2017 St. Joseph is slightly fresher and more focused than the Crozes release and offers a terrific perfume of raspberries, violets, spice, and a hint of bacon fat. It’s seamless, medium-bodied, and incredibly elegant on the palate, with plenty of sweet fruit and a great finish.