e. guigal, saint-joseph, lieu-dit rouge 2016
A bold, brassy nose with so much licorice, graphite and cedary oak, linked by red plums and blueberries. The palate has a band of ripe, smooth and supple fruit with such silky tannins, building long and even. Really holds in a long, elegant way. Drink over the next decade.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of my favorite cuvées from Guigal, the 2016 Saint-Joseph Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph frames bold cassis and black olive notes with subtle hints of vanilla and cedar. It's full-bodied, velvety and intense, with raspberry notes on the finish and layers of complexity and texture you won't find in Guigal's regular Saint-Joseph.
The Saint Joseph Lieu Dit comes from the namesake vineyard of the appellation, located just to the south of the town of Tournon. This prime terroir produces the most concentrated, rich, and powerful wines in the appellation. The 2016 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Saint Joseph offers a masculine bouquet of black fruits, scorched earth, charred meats, and graphite. With background oak, medium to full body, and a stacked mid-palate, it’s in dire need of 2-4 years of bottle age, but it’s a beauty. It will keep for 10-15 years. Rating: 92+
Warm in feel, with a velvety display of enticing plum sauce and cherry preserve notes that meld with ganache, melted licorice and mesquite flavors through the slightly exotic finish. Stays polished and focused. Will have fans for sure. Best from 2020 through 2034