Vinous, 90 points
“Deep ruby. Spice-accented black and blue fruits, pungent flowers and a hint of smoky bacon on the nose. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering fresh boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter on the back half. The dark berry note carries through a nicely persistent finish shaped by supple, even tannins.”
Free shipping on 4 to boot! Juicy, deep, intense Syrah...read on!
History lovers, get a kick out of this... Saint-Joseph wines date back all the way to 1292! The royal family once admired and enjoyed the wines of this appellation. They may not have been drinking Blachon, but they knew greatness when they tasted it. Located in Mauves, the tenderloin of the sprawling appellation, Domaine Blachon is all about location. These steep, terraced hillside vineyards overlook the Rhone river and produce classic expressions of Syrah.
Blachon, who first started making Syrah before WWI, is in the fifth generation of vignerons and winegrowers and arguably making the finest wines in its history. The 2016 Le Paradis is a glorious wine showcasing flavors of dried blackberry and black olive on top of a pile of freshly crushed gravel. This is like a stroll through the gravel pits with interplanted red cherries and spring flowers and just down the road there is an Italian deli, because aromas of smoked meat and spice waft into the picture. These aromas and flavors gently envelope your mouth with soft tannins and a persistent minerality that can only be Saint-Joseph. This is understated and elegant but with power, energy and serious spine - lovely stuff.
Prices have not quite caught up with the quality... Grab a few NOW for some seriously satisfying drinking now and over the next decade! While it lasts!