E. Guigal, Vignes de l’Hospice, St-Joseph 2013
2013 may not be the northern Rhône’s best vintage, but you wouldn’t know it from tasting this wonderfully fresh, vital and appetising St Joseph which was picked before the deluge of rain in October. It comes from a single vineyard on granitic soils with perfect south/south-east exposure on the right bank of the Rhône. A seductive nose of violets and a whiff of incense leads into a palate of unbridled pleasure; smart, sophisticated but also joyfully good, with come-hither fruits of blackberry and wild raspberry, cracked black pepper, graphite and cedar. Still young, but also precociously approachable now.
Taster: John Stimpfig