Gilbert & Aurelien Chirat 2018 St Joseph 'Soliste'
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This is the top St Joseph from Chirat, which is framed for ageing. The fruit is rich but compact with a veneer of tannins which need some time to resolve. However, it is so well put toether that it's hard to resist trying a bottle right now.
"This has some depth of creamy black cherry fruit and a decent sense of freshness. The making is robust, with a considerable bourbon vanilla sheen. Good sense of freshness and salinity behind it, and a decent tannic grip without dryness. Very precise and lively. 93 pts". Matt Walls, Decanter Magazine
"Tasted blind. Leathery nose. Rustic palate with farmyard and earthiness, but no shortage of fruit concentration in accompaniment. Medium body, rounded tannins, moderate length. Traditional style, but with drinkable structure" Richard Hemming, Jancisrobinson.com
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.