2013 St Joseph Rouge, Lieu-Dit, Domaine Ferraton

2013 St Joseph Rouge, Lieu-Dit, Domaine Ferraton

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2013 St Joseph Rouge, Lieu-Dit, Domaine Ferraton

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There is often, chez Ferraton, one wine which really stands out, in this case because of its pure granitic splendour. The eponymous St Joseph lieu-dit is fantastically located, on the steep slopes behind Tournon and in 2013 the naturally benevolent backdrop has been translated into a rich, berry-fruit, peppery compôte of pleasure and potential.
Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer

We have followed Ferraton for a long time, some of it, to be frank, less than entirely successful. Our confidence has been based on the quality of the holdings in Hermitage and in the fact that Chapoutier have proved to be liberal and forward-thinking owners, gently guiding but not domineering. In Damien Brisset, now firmly established as winemaker, Ferraton has a great asset, as these excellent 2013s show. An early, almost Pavlovian quest to over-oak has now ceded to thoughtful winemaking and, with the 2013s, a very impressive range, the very best wines of which are listed here. Even better than the Paradis, the 2013 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph sports drop-dead gorgeous notes of black raspberry, creme de cassis, spring flowers and underbrush. Full-bodied, seamless and with striking elegance in its pure, balanced profile, this gorgeous looking Saint Joseph will evolve nicely for 10-15 years.
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate Issue#216 Dec 2014 In contrast to the Patou, the 2013 Cornas les Eygats comes from a higher elevation site and is one of the last to be harvested. It exhibits lots of floral, violets, sappy herbs and sweet black raspberries to go with a medium-bodied, seamless, elegant style on the palate. It shows the more elegant, seamless side to the appellation and can be drink anytime over the coming decade or more.
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate Issue#216 Dec 2014
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Maison Ferraton

Maison Ferraton

Maison Ferraton is a very fine Northern Rhône wine estate that was run for many years by Michel Ferraton. It is now run by Samuel Ferraton, the fourth generation of the family, who worked for a while in conjunction with Chapoutier frères. The firm has vineyard holdings in Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage and its wine cellars are located immediately behind those of Marc Sorrel in the heart of Tain l`Hermitage.

Samuel Ferraton is very much an artisan winemaker- yet he employs many modern techniques that he picked up while working with the Chapoutiers.

Consequently, the wines are a marvellous marriage of the old and the new, displaying good structure and well-defined fruit characters, allied with very judicious and limited use of new oak. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph

St Joseph is the second-largest appellation in the Northern Rhône with 50 growers producing wines from over 600 hectares of vineyards. Established in 1956, over 90 percent of the wine is red – made exclusively from the Syrah grape. The white wines, meanwhile, are typically a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne varieties. Its vineyards run due south on the west side below Condrieu, and are in six communes: Mauves, Tournon, St Jean-de-Muzols, Lemps, Vion and Glun.

The styles of wine in St Joseph tend to be much lighter than other red Appellations d'Origine Contrôlee and the quality can vary dramatically. The soils and climate differ, as it is a long, narrow AOC. There is no particular characteristic of the commune as some wines are produced near Côte-Rôtie, while others are near to Cornas.

The best St Josephs are still produced in the original heartland of the appellation between St Jean-de-Muzols and Mauves, where soils are predominately granitic with patches of limestone and schist. Typically, even the finest St Josephs are slightly lighter and faster-maturing than the wines of Hermitage, as St Joseph's east-facing vineyards lose the sun up to two hours earlier in the crucial ripening season.

To meet demand, some extensions of the appellation have been made on less than ideal land, producing wines of indifferent quality.

Recommended producers: Pierre GaillardJerome Coursodon, Paul Jaboulet
Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1990

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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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Wine Advocate92/100
First made in 2009 (as was the lieu dit Paradis), the 2013 St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph is a bigger, richer wine thats loaded with notions of black raspberry, scorched earth, roasted herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, layered and nicely structured -- you have to hunt a little for the tannin, but theyre there -- its already hard to resist and will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.
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