Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits Blanc 2009 Rhone Valley France
95/100 - Wine Spectator
91/100 - Vinous Antonio Galloni
16.5/20 - La Revue du Vin de France
98/100 - Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
92/100 - CellarTracker
91/100 - Stephen Tanzer
Maison M. Chapoutier is one of the most recognizable producers in the Rhône Valley. It is known for its wines from both the north and south of the valley, but in particular for its red and white Hermitage wines, made from Syrah and a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, respectively.
Saint-Joseph, in France's northern Rhone Valley, is comfortably the region's largest appellation in terms of geographical coverage. The title covers both red wines (made mainly from Syrah), and white wines (made from Marsanne and Roussanne blended in varying proportions).
White wines makes up only one in ten bottles of Saint-Joseph's production and are dry in style, with honeyed, floral aromas and balanced weight and acidity. They are in marked contrast to the sweet Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise wines from the southern Rhone and the heavier Viognier-based wines of Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet.
Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhône Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is the flagship variety and has developed such a distinct personality that it is essentiallly regarded as a distinct variety and is known as Shiraz.
Syrah has proved successful around the world; wines are produced in many styles and display myriad dark-fruit flavors. Varietal Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing white and black pepper aromas and herbaceous notes as it ages. Some examples show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines tends towards the very dark flavors of blackcurrant and licorice.
It is an extremely useful blending grape due to its deep color and typically high tannins. In the southern Rhône it is common for Syrah to be blended with any combination of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsaut, among others.