2018 Lionel Faury Saint-Joseph Vieilles Vignes (750ml)15 5 0 0
"This somewhat under-the-radar winery has long been a source for topnotch wines that are true to their appellations. Under the direction of Lionel Faury, who has been in charge of his family’s 11-hectare domain since taking over from his father Philippe in 2006, the quality here has accelerated rapidly and the wines now often place among the very best that I taste in the course of my annual northern Rhône cellar visits...All of the plantings here are massalle selections, which means that virtually all of Faury’s red plantings are Vieille Serine, the original non-clone version of today’s Syrah...I have a special fondness for the estate’s Saint-Joseph Vieilles Vignes (called La Gloriette except in the United States), which is made from 60+-year-old Serine vines on granite soil high above Faury’s home village of Chavanay.
"Deep, shimmering violet. Heady aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, incense, violet and black pepper show excellent clarity and minerally lift. Sappy, sweet and energetic in style, showing real intensity and sharp delineation to the spice-laced blackberry, cherry liqueur, floral pastille and bitter chocolate flavors. Smooth and seamless in texture, showing impressive clarity and spicy thrust on the gently tannic finish, which echoes the cherry and floral notes. This wine, which is sourced from an old (mostly 1937), Serine-planted vineyard in Chavanay, always over-delivers for its appellation. Made with 60% whole clusters." 94 points - Josh Raynolds (Vinous, March 2020)