Cave de Tain Saint-Joseph Esprit de Granit 2017





The Cave de Tain is among the world’s very greatest wine producers, a giant of the Northern Rhone with over 50 acres in Hermitage, a stunning, state-of-the-art winery (10 million Euros invested over the past five years) and a brilliant team of winegrowers.

Besides Hermitage, they produce most of the region’s IGP (previously Vin de Pays) and half of all Crozes Hermitage (but bottling only a third of that under their own top label), as well as St Joseph, Cornas and St. Peray.

Tasting Notes: pending

Serve With: pending

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AOP Saint-Joseph



Wine Type


Sustainably-grown (certified Group ICV). Nearly 2500 acres under vine in total, with more than 2200 acres in appellation (AOP) vineyards (Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Cornas, Saint Péray) and the balance in IPG Collines Rhodaniennes. Appellation vineyards include 71.6 acres in Hermitage (of which the Cave de Tain directly owns 54.3 acres).

Planted on the right bank of the Northern Côtes du Rhône, on steep terraces made of granitic sand. Grown in a microclimate with mediterranean influence.


100% Syrah


Selection Parcellaire. Sourced from the Cave de Tain’s very best old vine parcels (50 years old!) at peak ripeness.


Long maceration in tanks (concrete or stainless steel), with soft extraction methods ('pigeage' and pumping over). Regular tastings determine when the juice is run off into French oak barrels before malolactic fermentation starts. Maturation for 12 months in 400L barrels, followed by blending of the final cuvee based on tasting, and then bottling.




92 pts, “The 2017 Saint Joseph Esprit de Granit has turned out terrific. Hints of baking spices and pastry crust accent blueberries on the nose, with just enough cracked pepper to give it a savory edge. It’s full-bodied and velvety in feel but refreshingly crisp, with hints of licorice on the lingering finish.” – JC, Wine Advocate, 12/19 (2017).

92 pts, “Expansive, mineral- and smoke-accented dark berry and cherry aromas are complemented by a floral nuance that gains strength with air. Powerful blackberry liqueur and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth. A peppery flourish adds spicy lift on the back half. ” – JR, Vinous Media 4/20 (2017).


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