Domaine Les Alexandrins - Saint-Joseph - 2017
4 hectares, weathered granite. "Galets roulés".
Vineyards located in the municipality of Tournon-sur-Rhône.
Average age of the vines: 25 years.
After the historically dry and hot summer, the wines give an impression of opulence, concentration and generosity. Ageing will allow the wines to soften and slowly find their balance.
Maceration 3 days cold.
Two pumpover and two punch down / day.
Fermentation 20 days.
Ageing in 1 and 2-years-old barrels for 15 months.
Nose of black fruit aromas, powerful, little reduction, fresh and elegant notes of berries, notes of hot Galets (pebbles) in the sun. A beautiful expression of the granitic terroir in this 2017 vintage. On the palate, nice balance of mineral freshness, complex progression with fine and tight tannins, beautifully long and steady finish. Sweet, fine and discreet aromas that bring a touch of style and elegance to this magnificent Saint Joseph.
Tasting temperature 16 to 18°C.
Syrah : 100 %
The 2017 Saint Joseph Domaine les Alexandrins starts off with charming aromas of violets and anise, plums and other stone fruits. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, with some briny notes, taut tannins and a crisp finish. Let’s hope it fleshes out a bit more during its remaining élevage.
Wine Advocate , 88-90/100 , 2018-12-28