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Saint-Joseph Rouge

Guigal believes, as do a number of top producers working in the area, that Saint-Joseph will be one of the great stories in the next few decades, reaching the renown it received several hundred years ago.  Stylistically, Saint-Joseph Rouge is more supple and gentler than Côte Rôtie and Hermitage, but when from top hillside plantings, can produce wines of spectacular elegance and complexity.
The 30 mile long district of Saint Joseph, along the Western bank of the Rhône, extends from the southern part of Condrieu, through and around the town of Tournon, to the northern boundary of Cornas. It comprises nearly 2,500 acres, planted about 90% to Syrah and 10% to Marsanne and Roussanne. Guigal only works in the southern area of Saint-Joseph, on intensely steep hillside sites.  This area around Tournon and south to Mauves is the true heart and origin of the appellation.
Guigal’s vineyards are among the best in the appellation, and situated on hillsides with complex soils of decomposed granite with limestone and sandy granite topoils that produce spicy and structured wines of 100% Syrah.  This Saint Joseph Rouge is comprised of fruit from the exceptional vineyards of Domaine J. L. Grippat (purchased in 2000) and de Vallouit (purchased in 2001), as well as fruit purchased from growers working with vineyards that share the same hillside and quality profiles.  Vines average in age from 20 to 50 years.  
Fermentation is in stainless steel, with aging for 24 months in seocnd use barrels, all coopered by Guigal at Chateau d'Ampuis.
Saint-Joseph Rouge bottle