E. Guigal

Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph Syrah

9.299 ratings
9.331 pro ratings
St. Joseph, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Top Notes For
Will Stanley

My second time trying this ‘Lieu-Dit’ Saint-Joseph bottling by northern Rhône powerhouse Guigal, from the exceptional 2015 vintage. It is a better wine than it was in August last year (at which point it was a little closed down). Frankly, it is a brilliant wine from this lesser appellation that, in short, is a full-blooded expression of Syrah with bags of intent.

Intense aromatics, a medley of plum, hoisin, fig compote, leather and black pepper. The palate is incredibly rich and saturated, packed full of blackberry, cranberry, an umami quality, jamon iberico and aged beef. Tannins and acidity are both high but are perfectly poised in harmony with the fruit. The finish is impressively long, and moreish. In a terrific spot now at five years but this should continue to sing in a decade. Really a thoroughly enjoyable northern Rhône.

My second time trying this ‘Lieu-Dit’ Saint-Joseph bottling by northern Rhône powerhouse Guigal, from the exceptional 2015 vintage. It is a better wine than it was in August last year (at which point it was a little closed down). Frankly, it is a brilliant wine from this lesser appellation that, in short, is a full-blooded expression of Syrah with bags of intent.

Intense aromatics, a medley of plum, hoisin, fig compote, leather and black pepper. The palate is incredibly rich and saturated, packed full of blackberry, cranberry, an umami quality, jamon iberico and aged beef. Tannins and acidity are both high but are perfectly poised in harmony with the fruit. The finish is impressively long, and moreish. In a terrific spot now at five years but this should continue to sing in a decade. Really a thoroughly enjoyable northern Rhône.

Nov 19th, 2020
Will Stanley

First of a case of this Guigal St. Joseph ‘Lieu-dit’ 2015 that I recently bought. I knew this would appear youthful, but my god is it so. I’ve experienced this austere, closed-down nature with young Bordeaux before but never Rhône. This is a superb wine in the making, phenomenal in its presence on the palate, less so on the nose at this stage. A formidable amount of tannin, acidity and fruit with a lasting finish. 92 points is duly conservative for now, but I shall leave my next encounter with this wine for another few years and expect this score to increase.

Enjoyed of an evening with the old man. Food pairing was lamb shoulder, followed later by black bomber cheese that - worthy of note - was superb with this wine.

First of a case of this Guigal St. Joseph ‘Lieu-dit’ 2015 that I recently bought. I knew this would appear youthful, but my god is it so. I’ve experienced this austere, closed-down nature with young Bordeaux before but never Rhône. This is a superb wine in the making, phenomenal in its presence on the palate, less so on the nose at this stage. A formidable amount of tannin, acidity and fruit with a lasting finish. 92 points is duly conservative for now, but I shall leave my next encounter with this wine for another few years and expect this score to increase.

Enjoyed of an evening with the old man. Food pairing was lamb shoulder, followed later by black bomber cheese that - worthy of note - was superb with this wine.

Jul 28th, 2019
Sommelara

Mi paladar no tiene mucha experiencia con vinos de esta área, Syrah para mi es como tomar el toro por los cuernos, un vino espectacular!

Mi paladar no tiene mucha experiencia con vinos de esta área, Syrah para mi es como tomar el toro por los cuernos, un vino espectacular!

Nov 1st, 2018
Sondra Bernstein

Owner of the girl & the fig, the fig cafe & winebar, Author of Plats du Jours, the girl & the fig's Journey through the Seasons in Wine Country and the girl & the fig Cookbook

9.5

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

Apr 28th, 2018
Aaron Means

Dark Cherries, licorice, smoke, game, pepper. Really nice.

Dark Cherries, licorice, smoke, game, pepper. Really nice.

Oct 10th, 2017
Will Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.6

This vintage has reached its optimum drinking time in my opinion - I can't imagine it getting any better. Super creamy, dusty raspberry with a little vanilla. So delicious. Very well done @Philippe Guigal

This vintage has reached its optimum drinking time in my opinion - I can't imagine it getting any better. Super creamy, dusty raspberry with a little vanilla. So delicious. Very well done @Philippe Guigal

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Holly Anderson

Much heavier than expected

Much heavier than expected

Apr 4th, 2017
Emily Dixon

Damn. So savory, beautiful spice, opulent fruit, lush, playful.

Damn. So savory, beautiful spice, opulent fruit, lush, playful.

Jan 16th, 2016
Phil Stice

Fresh and not as oily or oaky as Id have guessed.

Fresh and not as oily or oaky as Id have guessed.

Oct 9th, 2015
Connor McMahon

Very surprising wine. Not usually a huge fan of saint joseph but this was very nice

Very surprising wine. Not usually a huge fan of saint joseph but this was very nice

Sep 19th, 2015