2015 Domaine Alexandrins (750ml)

Syrah from Saint-Joseph, Rhône, France

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Domaine Les Alexandrins was founded in 2009 by a serious Nothern Rhone trio; Guillaume Sorrel (son of Marc Sorrel of Domaine Sorrel in Hermitage), Alexandre Caso, a specialist in the terroirs of Northern Rhone, and the third partner Nicolas Jaboulet of the venerable house of Paul Jaboulet – Hermitage "La Chapelle" and Domaine de Thalbert in Crozes-Hermitage. The confluence of talents was most evident when visiting them last summer. The 2015 Crozes is from vines that are an average age of 70 years and grown on clay sand soils deposited by the Rhone. Climate here, as in St Joseph, is a mixture of Continental with some Mediterranean influences. The clay-sand soil adds a fatness to the gamey bacon fat attributes of great Syrah. The 2015 St Joseph is also from four hectares all located within the municipality of Tournon-sur-Rhone. Big difference here is the Syrah vines are average 90 years old and grown on weathered granite soils. Both represent excellent value from the great 2015 vintage.


From estate vineyards (they own 4 hectares around Tournon), the 2015 Saint-Joseph is a beautiful Syrah offering notes of black raspberries, blueberries, peppery herbs, and violet aromas and flavors. With a touch of olive emerging with time in the glass, medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannin, and a beautiful finish, it's a seamless, elegant wine that shows how special 2015 was for the northern Rhône.

93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2018)

Brilliant violet. Ripe dark berries, cherry liqueur, olive paste and incense on the highly perfumed nose; a smoky mineral element adds vivacity. Energetic blackberry, bitter cherry and candied violet flavors show excellent clarity, and a spicecake nuance builds with air. The smooth, smoke-tinged finish emphatically repeats the floral and olive notes, and supple tannins build steadily, merging smoothly with the juicy fruit.

92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Apr 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

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