Saint-Joseph today is one of the most exciting appellations in the Rhône Valley. The work by leading producers such as Guigal, energy from young growers, and recognition (really, re-discovery) of sites capable of making wines of extraordinary depth and complexity; of the same family as its famous neighbor in Hermitage, but with a distinct suppleness and elegance. The 2014 Saint Joseph Rouge is comprised of fruit from the exceptional vineyards of Domaine J. L. Grippat (purchased in 2000, the ‘Rolls Royce of Saint-Joseph’) and de Vallouit (purchased in 2001). Vines average in age from 20 to 50 years. Guigal only works in the southern area of Saint Joseph, on intensely steep hillside sites that are considered among the best in the appellation, with complex soils of decomposed granite with limestone and sandy granite topsoils that produce spicy and structured wines. 100% Syrah.