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2020 Saint Joseph Rouge “Vieilles Vignes”

Lionel Faury
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What I love most about Faury’s old-vine Saint Joe are the lively, peppery aromatics offered right at the first pour. The roots of these vines run deep, and deep is what you get in the glass, too—a rich mix of black olive, fennel, and raspberry. This cuvée is a longtime personal favorite, solid and dependable year in and year out, from the domaine’s oldest vines, situated in the famed “Le Blanchard” parcel on the northern tip of the Saint Joseph appellation.

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 1937 and 1976, .9 ha
Soil: Granite
Aging: Aged for 15 months in oak demi-muids (600-L) and barrels (220-L)
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