The Amphores "7 Lieux" is from young vines, planted in the 90's, always organic, and from parcels of old vines, converted to organic, in Chavanay, below Condrieu. Philippe and Veronique Grenier have always farmed organically and now they are certified Biodynamic as well, bringing the quality even higher at this wonderful small estate. 50 - 60% de-stemmed, aged 50% in vat, 50% in 2 to 10 year-old demi-muid and foudre. The 2019 is a beautiful Saint-Joseph for current drinking or short-term cellaring. It shows a deep red/black color with superb aromas that combine beautiful floral notes of violet and rose petal with ripe blackberry and black currant fruit with black olive and hints of earth, citrus and dark chocolate, really lovely. The palate is deep and well-structured with blackberry, black plum, and black olive, finishing with black fruits, earth and firm tannins.with a bitter mineral kick at the end. With aeration the finish broadens and softens with elegant black fruit liqueur, licorice, coffee and black olive. This lovely Saint-Joseph will accompany lamb shank, pork stews and grilled meats - this is quite delicious now, drink over the next 5 - 10 years - it's a beautiful wine and a great value! David Lillie
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