2015 Emmanuel Darnaud St Joseph La Dardouille (750ml)

Syrah from Saint-Joseph, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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The secrets passed down to Darnaud from his famous father-in-law, Faurie, have shaped the most incredible wines coming out of Saint Joseph today. After those 5 years at the coattails of Faurie, Darnaud went solo, in 2001. By the time he secured an extremely old vine parcel of Saint Joseph – one hectare which Faurie had been tending for decades – Darnaud's estate had reached a total of 15 hectares. Still small enough to tend by hand, perfect for his meticulous nature.

This parcel of Saint Joseph, very near the Rhone-Alpes' village of Mauves, totally just 1 hectare, is famous for its deposits of alluvial stones. Similar to what you'd find further south in Chateauneuf du Pape, this particular site – named "La Dardouille" (roughly translated as "the blazing sun") – comes complete with pockets of brown clay subsoil. These aspects of soil, combined with the perfect exposure as well as the very old vine age (50+ years of age) return the most intense fruit I've tasted from Saint Joseph.

Few critics have as much tenure in this neck of the woods as our buddy Jeb from the Wine Advocate – who has since stepped out on his own again – so when he laid a 96 point potential on this beauty, the world took note.

Lucky for me – lucky for you – I have a direct relationship. Your price today is the result...


Rich, creamy textured and dense, the 2015 Saint Joseph La Dardouille somehow manages to avoid coming across as at all heavy. Yes, it's full-bodied and loaded with plum and blueberry fruit, but enlivening pepper and licorice notes emerge on the lengthy finish. This should drink well for a decade or more.

94 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 234 - Dec 2017)

In addition to the impressive Crozes-Hermitage releases, Emmanuel releases a terrific Saint Joseph. His 2015 Saint Joseph La Dardouille offers a ripe, sexy, yet also fresh and focused style to go with notes of cassis, black raspberries, and spring flowers. Coming all from the granite soils of the La Dardouille lieu-dit, destemmed, and aged in equal parts demi-muids and barrels, it has terrific purity of fruit and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade.

93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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