St. Joseph "Tour Joviac," Becheras-Le Prieuré d'Arras
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St. Joseph "Tour Joviac," Becheras-Le Prieuré d'Arras - 2019

Item # 28155 750mL
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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

What a vigorous Syrah. Produced from two parcels of rocky hillside in the small commune of Arras, this wine displays solid concentration and mineraled refinement. Clean, with a plummy, pink peppercorn streak across a taut structure, this wine has youthful and emphatic tannins. Best for lamb, braised poultry, and filling ragôuts. Étienne Becheras is a bold viticulteur, unafraid of risk-taking. He extends his élévage longer than most in St. Joseph, leading to a very serious wine.

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Staff Pick Notes

Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers, so after a hard day's work at the peak of the pandemic I treated myself to this meaty, delicious Northern Rhône treasure. I was not let down in the slightest, as it triumphantly delivers textbook Syrah boldness, smoothness, and greatness. Black olives, dark red fruit, leather, and black pepper. Aces! Many ascribe to the axiom that Saint Joseph can be enjoyed young while waiting for their Côte Rôtie to come of age. While this is most definitely ready to go and born from an excellent vintage, it is destined to age beautifully at a fraction of the cost of a higher end Northern Rhôner. From a special cuvée producing roughly 3,000 bottles a year, its unfined, unfiltered and well worth your time. I enjoyed this with grilled burgers, but it'd make an ideal companion for lamb as well.

- MM

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