Guigal St Joseph Lieu dit Blanc 2017

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
While Marcel Guigal says he loves to stick his Ex Voto white Hermitage in blind Burgundy tastings, you might also try that with this beauty. The 2017 Saint-Joseph Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph Blanc is all barrel fermented (half in new and half in second use oak) and offers aromas of toasted almonds and hazelnuts. It has a broad, generous mouthfeel and ripe melon and pear flavors. Despite the richness and silky texture, it remains fresh and focused on the lengthy finish. JOE CZERWINSKI

St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph Blanc, this cuvée was first made in 2001 and comes from the namesake vineyard of the appellation. The lieu-dit St Joseph is located just south of the town of Tournon and consists primarily of a gorgeous, south-facing, granite hillside. This cuvée is always 100% Marsanne and up until 2013, was aged in 100% new French oak. Starting with the 2014 vintage, they’ve moved to aging the cuvée in equal parts new and once-used barrels, with the goal to make the cuvée slightly more approachable in its youth. Along with Chapoutier’s Les Granits Blanc, Gonon’s les Oliviers, Gripa’s Le Berceau Blanc and Coursodon’s le Paradis St Pierre Blanc, this is consistently one of the appellation's most impressive whites. JEB DUNNUCK