Robert Parker 96
In complete contrast to the sexy, flamboyant les Granits, the tiny production 2012 Saint Joseph le Clos (which comes from a vineyard just a couple kilometers from the les Granits) is firm, tight and structured, with edgy notes of cassis, blackberry, powdered rock and ground herbs. Full-bodied, concentrated and rich, it needs 3-4 years in the cellar, and will have two decades of longevity. This is almost non-existent in the marketplace, but it’s worth the effort to track down.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2032
Saturated ruby. Strongly perfumed aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet, black cardamom and minerals. Seamless, expansive and sweet on the palate, offering deeply concentrated dark berry compote and cola flavors and a hint of star anise on the back half. Gains richness with air and finishes extremely long, with building tannins and clinging mineral and floral notes. Here’s a Saint-Joseph that can stand up to plenty of Hermitages.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035