Guigal St Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice 2015

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney

The most impressive vintage of this wine I can recall tasting, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is an awesome Saint-Joseph. Visitors to the region can easily spot the steep vineyard just above the town of Tournon when looking across the Rhône from Tain l'Hermitage. Aged in 100% new oak, the wine still shows hints of cedar and vanilla on the nose but also notes of crushed stone and black cherries. It's full-bodied but kept in check by a touch of granite-like austerity that gives the palate shape and length, while the firm tannins glide away in a silky wash on the finish. Almost approachable now, I suspect it will drink well through at least 2035. (96) JOE CZERWINSKI, The Wine Advocate  

Seductive complexity with plenty of spicy oak played into fragrant, peppery and spicy blackberries. Plenty of smoked meat and graphite, lots of cloves and very powerful, dark plums, blackberries and mocha on the palate. The tannins are superb. (95) JAMES SUCKLING

Remarkable for its depth and density, the 2015 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices comes from the incredibly picturesque hillside vineyard perched just behind the village of Tournon. Its inky purple color is followed by a killer nose of wet granite, black currants, cassis and crushed herbs. It has sweet, yet present tannin, integrated acidity and a huge texture that will allow it to offer pleasure after short-term cellaring. (96) JEB DUNNUCK

Lurid violet. Expansive aromas of blue fruit preserves, black pepper, violet and star anise, backed by hints of olive and incense. Fleshy, broad and sweet, offering deeply concentrated black and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that are lifted and brightened by a smoky mineral nuance. Supple and appealingly sweet on the strikingly long, floral-driven finish, which is framed by smooth, fine-grained tannins. JOSH RAYNOLDS