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Saint-Joseph Rouge Vignes de l'Hospice

Grown on the vineyard directly across from Hermitage and planted on the same rock formation, dramatically perched above the town of Tournon, the Vignes de l'Hospice makes perhaps the most persuasive argument as to why Saint-Joseph at one time was considered superior even to Hermitage.   It shares with the best Hermitage a powerful intensity, yet the elegance of Saint-Joseph is beautifully apparent in how the wine draws out and finishes.  
This steeply terraced vineyard was in the recent past divided into three, which Guigal now owns through the purchase of the De Vallouit and Grippat domaines, and the sale by the local hospice of their vineyard to Guigal.  It was Guigal's work in preserving the walls of the vineyard, a never-ending and costly labor of love, that in fact led the hospice to ask Guigal to take over their vineyard and carry on the history and tradition.
Guigal vinifies this 100% Syrah wine in the same fashion as their Côte-Rôties crus and Ermitage Ex-Voto.  After fermentation, it is aged for 30 months in 100% new barrels, clarified by racking only, and bottled unfiltered.  Guigal is often asked when they will produce a fourth "LaLa," and their response is that their fourth single vineyard phenomenon of the Northern Rhone is already being produced: the Vignes de l'Hospice.
Click here to watch a video of Philippe Guigal discussing Vignes de l'Hospice.

 

   
Saint-Joseph Rouge Vignes de l'Hospice bottle