Gilbert & Aurelien Chirat 2018 St Joseph 'Les Cotes'
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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