Cave de Tain Saint-Joseph ‘Esprit de Granit’ 6 Bottle Case 75cl

Equivalent Bottle Price £23.36

Production

Vineyards are situated on the right bank of the valley in the Northern Rhône and arranged in terraces on granite soil. Vine roots push deeper into granitic soil and this results in the characteristic freshness and balance. Selected parcels of old vines (35 years on average) and the best hillside sites are harvested by hand and vinified separately. Traditional maceration in concrete vats with regular remontage and gentle pigeage is followed by regular tasting to determine when to rack into barrels for the malolactic fermentation. Matured for 15 months in 400l barrels (both new and 2nd fill) before an uncompromising assemblage of the final “Esprit de Granit”.

Tasting notes

Wild mint and dark cherry on the nose. Very dark chocolate and savoury oak on the palate. Densley structured with fine mineral tannins on the finish. Enjoy now with food, keeping some back for the cellar.

Food match

Roast lamb, beef, good Farmhouse cheeses.