2015 FRANCOIS VILLARD "POIVRE ET SOL" SAINT JOSEPH
92 points Vinous Media: "Youthful violet. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of dark berries and violet, accompanied by a hint of licorice in the background. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering ripe black and blue fruit flavors, a suggestion of cracked pepper and repeating smokiness. Turns livelier on the persistent, spice-tinged finish, which is given shape by supple tannins." (07/17papilloud About Francios Villard is known as the Conderieu Master and rereffered to by Robert Parker as one of the stars of Northern Rhone. Formerly a chef, he brings his complex palette to the winery to produce wines of power and grace that age for years. The terrior of the Northern Rhone is, in a word, amazing. Fully exposed hillsides that face East are covered with terraces first created by the Romans. The soil is made up of small granite and decomposed shist over a bedrock of granite. The exposition allows for excellent ripening of the Syrah. The age of vines are 20 years.
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