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2020 Saint Joseph Rouge

Lionel Faury
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Just two generations ago, the Faury family was still selling off nearly their entire wine production, by the barrel, to watering holes around Saint-Étienne that served the region’s hardscrabble coal miners. As with coal mines everywhere, the work was tough and dangerous, so it’s nice to think that at least in this part of the world, after a day in the mines, the workers could guzzle some peppery, jovial Saint Joseph—from Faury, no less! I would have done the same. At the time, neither the Faury family nor the miners probably imagined that their Saint Joseph would someday be sought after by the world’s greatest restaurants, allocated to the last bottle, and looked at as a reference point for greatness.

Chris Santini


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Saint-Joseph
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Lionel Faury
Winemaker: Lionel Faury
Vineyard: Planted between 1976 and 2007, 6.4 ha
Soil: Granite
Aging: Aged for 12 months in foudres (24 – 35 hl), demi-muids (600-L), barrels (228-L); only 10% new oak is used in the rotation of barrels
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14%

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Sampling wine out of the barrel.

When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174