Gilbert & Aurelien Chirat 2018 St Joseph 'Les Cotes'
St Joseph is the most under-rated of the Northern Rhone appellations, this is no exception. Beautiful aromatics of brambles, cassis, black olives, smoked meat with a palate which is polished and elegant. Everything we look for in good value Northern Rhone
"This is so juicy with soaring black fruits, roses, oregano and black pepper. Lovely soft ripeness of fruit, but no lack of structure all teamed with elegant tannic feel and a general sense of exuberance and positivity. Somehow imbued with enthusiasm. Aurélien is the fourth generation to work at this family-owned estate, established in 1925. 30% whole bunch, indigenous yeasts, then spends 12 months in 400l and 500l barrels, 30% new. 94 pts"
Matt Walls, Decanter Magazine
"Tasted blind. Stewed bramble fruits on the nose, which seems more reminiscent of warmer origins than St-Joseph, and there is plenty of power on the palate too. Tangy acidity, lots of refreshment to relieve the fruit power."
Richard Hemming, jancisrobinson.com
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Aurélien Chirat is a fourth generation grower whose cellar in St-Michel-sur-Rhône is at the confluence of the Condrieu and Saint-Joseph appellations. His father, Gilbert, finally gave up his polycultural farming activities in 1984 to concentrate on viticulture, selling wine to the likes of Marcel Guigal. Aurélien joined Gilbert in 2008 and took control of the cellar in 2018. He still retains a relationship with Guigal, selling them Condrieu grapes in return for secondhand barrels.
We have initially selected three wines from the range, but I am sure we will be adding more over time. The best intro to the range is the Or Piste Viognier, which is in effect a wine from just outside the boundaries of Condrieu, on the same granite soils. Similarly, the Or Piste Syrah is from just outside St Joseph. There is also a St Joseph itself which is dark and brooding with delicious minerality.
|Bottle Size||Standard Bottle 75cl|
|Maturity||Drink or Keep|
|Producer||Gilbert & Aurelien Chirat|
|Style||Full Bodied Reds|
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