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Maison Les Alexandrins Saint-Joseph - 2016

AOC Saint-Joseph

     

Avis

Bright violet. Expressive black and blue fruit, floral and baking spice aromas pick up a bright mineral quality and a suggestion of woodsmoke with air. Intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show excellent clarity and spicy lift, and a violet pastille flourish adds building sweetness. Delivers a solid punch of dark fruit flavor and comes off surprisingly lithe, with smooth closing tannins and a sneaky, lingering mineral note.

This is made from vines growing in St-Joseph’s northern granite soils, providing more evident minerality. It has extremely pure dark fruits and tightly spun tannins, with blackberry and redcurrant notes squeezing through, and there’s a lovely roundness as it unfurls through the centre of the palate. An excellent wine that will gain depth over the next five years, although it’s going to be hard to wait too long to enjoy this. Matured for 12 months, no new oak used.