Vincent Paris’ Saint-Joseph comes from 4 hillside vineyards located around the village of Ardoix. Total Hectares of all combined is 1.5. Half in steel and half in old 228L barrels, all destemmed. A regal version of this classic wine.
Vincent Paris is a native of Cornas and his first vintage was in 1997. He inherited most of his vineyards (some of which are 100+ years old) from his grandfather and purchased some from his uncle, legendary Cornas vigneron Robert Michel, on his retirement in 2006. The biodynamically farmed vineyards are located in various parcels along the southeast facing Cornas slope. Vincent's wines exhibit power, yet possess a determined freshness and elegance to them. His Granit 30 and Granit 60 take their names from the slope and gradient of the vineyards and average vine age respectively. Vincent's famed Geynale parcel is comprised exclusively of old vines planted in 1910. Vincent Paris is without a doubt one of the rising stars of the Rhône Valley.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2018 Saint Joseph Les Cotes is forward, plush and silky, with oodles of ripe cherries. It's full-bodied but does show hints of granitic restraint and a briny freshness that comes to the fore on the lengthy finish. While approachable young, it's not just a simple fruit bomb, there's some substance beyond the flesh.
JOSH RAYNOLDS - VINOUS
Deep, brilliant magenta. Mineral-driven scents of blackberry, cherry, violet and cracked pepper. Shows very good clarity and spicy lift, offering vibrant dark fruit and mineral qualities as well as deeper notes of black olive and licorice. The lively, focused finish repeats the spice and floral notes and is framed by supple, even tannins.