Domaine Julien Cécillon

Babylone Saint-Joseph Syrah

9.049 ratings
9.010 pro ratings
St. Joseph, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
James Forsyth

Bright red, candied cherry, lively. Raspberry.

Bright red, candied cherry, lively. Raspberry.

Nov 18th, 2018
Casey Curbow

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

9.1

Clear blue and black fruit with earth and iron. Opens to typical violets. Moderate tannic grip. An approachable constraint.

Clear blue and black fruit with earth and iron. Opens to typical violets. Moderate tannic grip. An approachable constraint.

Dec 18th, 2017
Keith Levenberg

This is a terrific St.-Joseph that fills a nice niche in the world of syrah I don't encounter nearly as often as I'd like - it has all the earthy funk, cracked pepper, and dry-aged meatiness of a powerful Northern Rhone yet instead of the slick, dense fruit and/or ripping tannic muscle that ordinarily accompanies that, it's a buoyant middleweight with pure fruit firmly on the red-fruit side of the spectrum. It's almost like a friendlier version of a Levet Cote-Rotie - a lot of the savory elements that make those so interesting are here and the transparency and weight are similar, the fruit here is just rounder and cleaner. It's not a "needs food" wine - it's easy to sip and even has a surprising amount of glou glou for something with this kind of depth. A blend of young(ish) 25 year old vines and some serious 115 year old V.V.'s, which may be how it manages to pull off both sides of that personality at the same time.

This is a terrific St.-Joseph that fills a nice niche in the world of syrah I don't encounter nearly as often as I'd like - it has all the earthy funk, cracked pepper, and dry-aged meatiness of a powerful Northern Rhone yet instead of the slick, dense fruit and/or ripping tannic muscle that ordinarily accompanies that, it's a buoyant middleweight with pure fruit firmly on the red-fruit side of the spectrum. It's almost like a friendlier version of a Levet Cote-Rotie - a lot of the savory elements that make those so interesting are here and the transparency and weight are similar, the fruit here is just rounder and cleaner. It's not a "needs food" wine - it's easy to sip and even has a surprising amount of glou glou for something with this kind of depth. A blend of young(ish) 25 year old vines and some serious 115 year old V.V.'s, which may be how it manages to pull off both sides of that personality at the same time.

2 people found it helpfulJan 25th, 2016
Michael Weiss

Such beautiful fruit. Killer pairing with Famous Dave's!

Such beautiful fruit. Killer pairing with Famous Dave's!

Dec 3rd, 2016
Adam Jesberger

Ripe and flashy, still has the earth and meat but very much about fruit for an ow wine

Ripe and flashy, still has the earth and meat but very much about fruit for an ow wine

Dec 1st, 2016
Anthony Lombardi

Similar to previous bottles. Heavy on enjoyment with elegant red fruit & enough tannic structure to add texture & grip. Not the most complex, but easy to enjoy for sure.

Similar to previous bottles. Heavy on enjoyment with elegant red fruit & enough tannic structure to add texture & grip. Not the most complex, but easy to enjoy for sure.

Nov 28th, 2020
Anthony Lombardi

Very dark in color, so surprising when the palate shows more red fruit than anything else. This has some savory character and some acidic structure, but tannins are a bit soft. The nose is cracked pepper and some darker fruit. This is a nice wine, but I’d say it drinks more like a balanced new world offering than a St Joseph.

Very dark in color, so surprising when the palate shows more red fruit than anything else. This has some savory character and some acidic structure, but tannins are a bit soft. The nose is cracked pepper and some darker fruit. This is a nice wine, but I’d say it drinks more like a balanced new world offering than a St Joseph.

Oct 24th, 2020
J. Kim
9.0

Genuine Northern Rhone aromas, balanced and layered. Excellent wine.

Genuine Northern Rhone aromas, balanced and layered. Excellent wine.

Jul 3rd, 2019
Fredybeans

Robe noire
Nez épicé gourmand légèrement fumé et lacte
Bouche ample suave fiable fume
À besoin de beaucoup d air car sinon très lourd et marqué par le boisé torréfié
Ouverture 48h

Robe noire
Nez épicé gourmand légèrement fumé et lacte
Bouche ample suave fiable fume
À besoin de beaucoup d air car sinon très lourd et marqué par le boisé torréfié
Ouverture 48h

Sep 17th, 2018
Fredybeans

Robe noire
Nez de fruit noir poivre
Bouche fraîche précise avec une une belle acidité
Note de lard et de poivre en finale avec aussi malheureusement des notes boisés polluant le raisin

Robe noire
Nez de fruit noir poivre
Bouche fraîche précise avec une une belle acidité
Note de lard et de poivre en finale avec aussi malheureusement des notes boisés polluant le raisin

Jul 29th, 2018