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Find the classification of the best rated wines of St Joseph, in red and white.

GREAT “CUVÉES” & BEST VINTAGES OF ST-JOSEPH

Ranking of the best wines of the Saint-Joseph AOC according to the notes of Robert Parker & the team of The Wine Advocate. The tasting notes are taken from their website: www.robertparker.com.

The information and tasting reports associated with the different bottles come from the tasting translations. This ranking is therefore not an official ranking, but a ranking based solely on the scores consulted on Robert Parker’s website.

Many other domains are also very well known and are not to be set aside, here are some examples: the Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Domaine Courbis, François Villard, Domaine Gonon, Domaine Bernard Gripa, Domaine Jean-Pierre Monier-Perréol, and many others!

Feel free to add your favorite domains of Saint-Joseph in comments! Please note that our Saint-Joseph ranking only highlights the wines of Saint-Joseph with the highest ratings.

RANKING OF THE HIGHEST RATED RED SAINT-JOSEPH

Below is a list of St. Joseph’s red wines with the best ratings from The Wine Advocate website:

TOP 1: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LE CLOS” 2011

97/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on August 28, 2014

“In style, the production of a “brilliant wine”, the 2011 Saint Joseph Les Clos shows that this vineyard is authentic. Crème de cassis, licorice, crushed stone, graphite and pepper are revealed in the glass, with a full-bodied palate of depth and depth, delirious purity and blockbuster length. It may also be the wine of the vintage and certainly one of the best Saint-Joseph wines I have ever tasted.”

TOP 2: DOMAINE COURSODON SAINT-JOSEPH “LE PARADIS SAINT-PIERRE” 2010

97/100 rated by Robert Parker on December 27, 2012

“St. Joseph Le Paradis St. Pierre 2010 should be out of rankings and certainly not from this world. Notes of charcoal, graphite, crème de cassis, kirsch liqueur, spring flowers, pen ink and pencil chips jump out of this full-bodied, massive yet incredibly elegant and pure Saint-Joseph. Perhaps the greatest wine still made by Jérôme Coursodon, it is one of the best Saint-Joseph wines I have ever tasted.”

Ideal tasting date: It should age effortlessly for 5-10 years or more. Drink it now, or keep it in the cellar until about 2027.

TOP 3: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LE CLOS” 2012

96+/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on December 30, 2014

“Sexy and flamboyant, the small 2012 production of Saint Joseph le Clos (which comes from a vineyard a few kilometres from the Granites) is firm, tight and structured, with nervous notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, rock powder and ground herbs. Full-bodied, concentrated and rich, it needs 3-4 years in the cellar and will have two decades of longevity. It’s almost non-existent on the market, but it’s worth looking into.”

Ideal tasting date: Drink it now or keep it in the cellar until about 2032.

TOP 4: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LE CLOS” 2015

96/100 rated by Joe Czerwinski on December 29, 2017

“The reference point of the appellation, Saint Joseph le Clos 2015 combines detailed nuances of crushed stone, red plum, roasted meat and black olive with massive concentration and powerful tannins. This full-bodied and richly textured wine should flourish by 2025 and drink well for a decade and a half, perhaps longer.”

Ideal tasting date: 2025-2040

TOP 5: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LE CLOS” 2013

96/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on December 31, 2015

“Darker and more opaque in colour than Granites, Saint Joseph le Clos 2013 has a natural alcohol content of 14% and a beautiful density and depth in its crème de cassis, embers, wet rock and charcoal scented bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, full-bodied, concentrated and sensationally pure, with building tannins and a long, elegant and seamless profile, it requires 2 to 3 years of ageing and will have two or more decades of longevity.”

Ideal Tasting Date: Now, or keep until 2038.

TOP 6: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LES GRANITS” 2012

96/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on December 30, 2014

“Still one of the best wines of the appellation, the 2012 Saint Joseph les Granits is a blockbuster that must be picked up by readers. I evaluated this wine at 94 points at the exit, and the wine went screaming after that note. Loaded with decadent blackcurrants, blackberries, ground herbs, violets and leathery aromas and flavours, this beauty is full-bodied, low in acidity and of exhilarating purity.”

Ideal Tasting Date: It’s hard to resist now (and I don’t see any reason for it), but it will evolve for 10-15 years. Drink until 2027.

TOP 7: DELAS FRÈRE ST-JOSEPH “CUVÉE FRANÇOIS DE TOURNON” 2010

96/100 rated by Robert Parker on December 27, 2012

“A remarkable effort that has achieved significantly better results than last year. This wine, so tight and difficult to evaluate last year, is brilliant. A dense purple color is followed by notes of graphite, pen ink, blackberries and blueberries, and notes of raspberries, smoke and subtle oak. This monumental, full-bodied and classic Saint-Joseph has been completely aged in small barrels. The good news is that 1,500 cases have just hit the market. My instinct suggests that 1 to 2 years of bottle age will be beneficial and that it will last 15 years or more. Don’t miss it!”

Ideal tasting date: From now on, or to keep until 2028.

TOP 8: DELAS ST-JOSEPH ST-JOSEPH “SAINTE-ÉPINE” 2009

96/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on 14 September 2015

“Mature, rounder and sexier than 2010, St Joseph Ste Epine 2009 is a blockbuster that offers sensational notes of black raspberries, licorice, smoked meats, olives and graphite. The maturing here was the standard 40-50% new French oak, but it absorbed all traces of oak. This wonderful wine is one of the greatest St. Joseph’s wines I have ever tasted.”

Ideal tasting date: Big, rich, textured and concentrated, with generous tannins, it is slightly accessible now because of its rich fruit content, but will be even better with time. Drink now, or keep until 2034.

TOP 9: DOMAINE COURSODON SAINT-JOSEPH “LE PARADIS SAINT-PIERRE” 2009

96/100 rated by Robert Parker on December 23, 2011

“Made only in the best vintages, the top vintage is St. Joseph Le Paradis St. Pierre 2009. Tasting like the Sensonne on steroids, it is one of the greatest St-Joseph’s I have ever tasted. The pulpy fragrance smells like a garden of flowers in full bloom intertwined with blackberry and black raspberry with a touch of graphite. A wine of superb intensity and full-bodied power revealing an amazing integration of acidity, tannins, wood and alcohol, this Saint-Joseph is made of haute couture and its richness, aromas and flavours are flawless. It is a brilliant success of the young Jérôme Coursodon. ”

Ideal Tasting Date: It should age beautifully for two decades or more. From now, or to be kept until 2031.

TOP 10: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LES GRANITS” 2006

96/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on August 28, 2014

“The wine of the range (the 2010 could exceed it in a few years), the 2006 Saint Joseph Les Granits is a blockbuster. Resulting from a dry and hot vintage (and a very strong vintage in general for this estate), it has an impressive depth and concentration to go with the fleshy northern Rhodan, minerality, dried spices and black fruits on the nose. Filling the mouth with fruit, it is perfectly balanced, has sweet tannins and a finish that will not stop. Given this show, I wouldn’t hesitate to start opening bottles, but he has at least another decade of drinking.”

Ideal tasting date: From now on, or to keep until 2024.

RANKING OF THE BEST WHITE SAINT-JOSEPH

Here are the most highly rated white wines of Saint-Joseph on The Wine Advocate website:

TOP 1: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LES GRANITS BLANC” 2009

98/100 rated by Robert Parker on December 23, 2011

“The white parcel selections tasted include the St. Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2009 (789 cases), which could be the “best buy” of all these parcel selections. This 100% Marsanne cuvée has an astonishing honeyed and orange marmalade character mixed with notions of crushed rocks, spring flowers, quince and white currants. Full-bodied and creamy in texture, but remarkably fresh and lively.”

Ideal Tasting Date: Drink now until 2031.

TOP 2: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LES GRANITS BLANC” 2015

97/100 rated by Robert Parker on December 30, 2016

“A wine that I have always loved, St Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2015 is, I suspect, the greatest white wine of this appellation. Made from 100% Marsanne from the locality of St Joseph, 80% in half-muids (15% new) and the rest in stainless steel, this sensational white wine offers a lot of minerality in addition to citrus blossom, buttered hazelnuts, toasted bread and fruit notes from the orchard. It takes a year or two of bottle age, but it’s an incredible white. Congratulations to Chapoutier’s team for this effort…”

Ideal tasting date: Drink it now or keep it in the cellar for a few years to let it develop. Exact date not known.

TOP 3: GUIGAL SAINT-JOSEPH PLACE CALLED “ST-JOSEPH BLANC” 2015

96/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on December 30, 2016

“The second year they moved away from the 100% new oak, St Joseph “Lieu Dit St Joseph Blanc” 2015 is made entirely of Marsanne and offers a deep bouquet of orange blossoms, white flowers, crushed rocks, licorice, white peach and honeysuckle. Full-bodied, rich and layered, but incredibly pure, it is the best example of this cuvée I have tasted. Well done!”

Ideal tasting date: Drink now or keep until 2024.

TOP 4: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LES GRANITS BLANC” 2013

96/100 rated by Robert Parker on December 27, 2012

“A wine that I have always loved, St Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2015 is, I suspect, the greatest white wine of this appellation. Made from 100% Marsanne from the locality of St Joseph, 80% in half-muids (15% new) and the rest in stainless steel, this sensational white wine offers a lot of minerality in addition to citrus blossom, buttered hazelnuts, toasted bread and fruit notes from the orchard. It takes a year or two of bottle age, but it’s an incredible white. Congratulations to Chapoutier’s team for this effort.”

Ideal tasting date: Drink it now or keep it in the cellar for a few years, around 2024.

TOP 5: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LES GRANITS BLANC” 2010

96/100 rated by Robert Parker on December 27, 2012

“With a production of 432 cases, Saint-Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2010 could be the best white wine of the appellation. Aromas of mandarin oil, orange marmalade, powdered stones and subtle flint, as well as smoke, jump out of the glass of this full-bodied effort. This elegant, rich, complete and stunning wine is a tour de force and a reference point for what can be achieved from the granitic slopes of Saint-Joseph.”

Ideal tasting date: Drink it now or keep it in the cellar for a few years. Exact date not known.

TOP 6: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LES GRANITS BLANC” 2006

96/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on February 28, 2017

“St Joseph les Granits Blanc 2006 is a wine worth much more than its price and lovers of the northern Rhône should buy this cuvée in almost all vintages. Offering a lot of complexity in its buttered aromas of citrus fruits, apple, white truffle, celery and savory, this beauty is full, rich and textured in the mouth. Like the other white people on this team, he drinks perfectly today, but should stay at least a decade or more. That said, why push a good thing? To drink!”

Ideal tasting date: Drink it now or keep it in the cellar for a few years, about 2037.

TOP 7: FERRATON FATHER & SON SAINT-JOSEPH “LES OLIVIERS BLANC” 2015

rated by Jeb Dunnuck on December 30, 2016

“St Joseph’s communiqués are brilliant in this vintage. The unique vineyard of St Joseph Les Oliviers Blanc is even better than the rest, with a killer bouquet of buttered citrus fruits, spicy apples, toasted bread and salty minerality. Made from 100% Marsanne from a site just outside the village of Mauves, it shows the concentration and richness of the vintage, while being fresh, pure and concentrated. I’d be drinking bottles over the next decade, but it’ll stay longer.”

Ideal tasting date: Drink it now or keep it in the cellar for a few years, 2026.

TOP 8: DOMAINE COURSODON SAINT-JOSEPH “LE PARADIS SAINT-PIERRE BLANC” 2014

rated by Jeb Dunnuck on December 30, 2016

“Showing even better than last year (which leads me to believe that I might underestimate 2015), Saint Joseph La Saint-Jacques 2014 offers a killer minerality and beautiful notes of buttered citrus fruits, powder, white flowers and apple blossoms. Rich, full-bodied, layered and magnificently pure, with fabulous freshness and purity. She’s one of the stars of the appellation!”

Ideal tasting date: Drink now until 2019.

TOP 9: GUIGAL ST-JOSEPH “PLACE-DIT ST-JOSEPH WHITE” 2014

rated by Jeb Dunnuck on December 30, 2016

“It is even better than when I tasted it last year, the St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph Blanc 2014 (93% Marsanne and 7% Roussanne, aged in new and used barrels 50/50) offers superb notes of quince, currants, brioche and custard in a medium to full-bodied style, impeccably balanced and in layers. Showing the inherent freshness and purity of the vintage, but with no lack of depth, drink it anytime over the next 7-8 years. It should be noted that this is the first year in which the cuvée was not aged in new barrels. Philippe commented that they wanted this cuvée to drink better in its youth, so they backed off slightly on the new oak.”

Ideal tasting date: Drink it now or keep it in the cellar for a few years, 2024.

TOP 10: M. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH “LES GRANITS BLANC” 2014

95/100 rated by Jeb Dunnuck on 31 December 2015

“The stars of the 2014 white wines in Saint Joseph are Saint Joseph “les Granits Blanc” de Chapoutier. From one of the best terroirs in the region, the granitic soils of Saint Joseph, this 100% Marsanne wine releases terrific aromas and flavours of buttered citrus fruits, poached pears, honeysuckle, spices and caramelized pineapples. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and textured, but also elegant and silky, it should be a must for anyone who loves the whites of the northern Rhône. ”

Ideal tasting date: It will have 10-15 years of development. Drink now or keep in the cellar until 2030.

PARTICULARITIES OF SAINT-JOSEPH

HOW TO DESCRIBE A WINE OF SAINT-JOSEPH?

First of all, know that the winegrowers of the Saint-Joseph appellation aspire to perfection. The vineyard is located on the right bank of the Rhône. The terroirs are mainly based on steep slopes, shaped into terraces. These great Rhône wines are very well known, particularly for their Syrah grape variety. The Saint-Joseph appellation also produces about 10% of white wines based on Roussanne and Marsanne.

WHY IS ST. JOSEPH SO COVETED?

Quite simply, Syrah wines, such as Saint-Joseph, reveal spicy, peppery, floral and mineral notes. They have the chance to be powerful, but very subtle. It is often said that Syrah reveals notes of violet, and that it is a very mineral wine. There are about 160 winegrowers in the appellation.

PURCHASE OF SAINT-JOSEPH FROM THE ESTATE

Discover wines of Saint-Joseph coming directly from the producer. These domains allocate each year a small amount of their precious bottles to different partners. The quantities are therefore limited. Enjoy the superb authentic bottles. Preserved quality. Wines that will surprise you. Here are different partner domains of the Appelation Saint-Joseph.

DOMAINE FRANÇOIS VILLARD

Francois Villard

Domaine François Villard is located in the Vallée-du-Rhône, in Condrieu.

The owner François Villard produces vinsachat french village wine at the best price mainly on the AOC Condrieu. There are also other appellations: Saint-Péray, Saint Joseph, Côte-Rôtie, Vin de Pays, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhonadiennes. 25 ha of vines, over 15 years old. François is a great wine enthusiast and a wine grower. He is even described as self-taught in the field.

DOMAINE FERRATON

domaine Ferratonpurchase wine ferraton father and son at the best priceA superb estate in the Rhône Valley, this wine estate is now an association of the Ferraton family (who launched the estate in 1946) and the Maison Michel Chapoutier. A strong growth in wine quality since the 2000s, with many vintages in the AOC: Cornas, Côte-Rôtie, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph. Biodynamics and know-how have made lovers of great wines to snatch Ferraton bottles from each other.

DOMAINE COURBIS

Domaine CourbisDomaine Courbis is located in Châteaubourg, in the extreme south of the AOC Saint-Joseph.

Managed by Dominique Courbis, it has superb Purchasing curved estate at the best price, direct estate plots on the hillside.

A renowned domain in the Rhône: an original work of parcel by parcel, a passion, subtle wines.

My Vintage Winery located at , , . Reviewed by 335 rated: 9.6 / 10