La Dardouille Red
Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud - Saint Joseph
Red,Saint Joseph
100% Syrah
history
Emmanuel Darnaud started his domaine in 2001 with just 1.3 hectares of vines but now has 15 hectares, all in Crozes-Hermitage.Since 2010 , the vineyard has been enriched with a new appellation : 1.7 ha of St Joseph . His painstaking work in the vineyard and regard for the fruit in the vinification process have ensured his place amongst the “big boys” with his first 2001 vintage. The quality of his wines has earned him great praise in French and international revues, as well as a place in many Michelin-starred restaurants. "If you like dark, rich, smoky-styled Syrah, this is a domaine for you to try."J. Molesworth.
Vineyard
Northern Côtes du Rhône, on the Eastern bank of the Rhone river. The climate is continental with a Mediterranean influence. Glacial alluviums of smooth pebbles. Vines : 10 to 35 years old - 0.30 acres - Yield : 14.2 Hl/acre
Winemaking
The grapes are harvested by hand, destemmed, then cold macerated and fermented in open concrete vats/nMaturing in barrels, 1/3 of which are new.
Tasting notes
Dark red with a powerful nose of very ripe cherry and a hint of black olive paste. A very luscious expressive wine to savour and enjoy on all occasions.
Food pairing
Grilled meat such as kid, cold cuts and mild cheeses.
Aging potential
4 years.
Grape varieties
100% Syrah
Press
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
201896 Wine Advocate
201892 Wine Enthusiast
Previous rating
201794 Wine Enthusiast
201694 Jeb Dunnuck
201694 Jeb Dunnuck
201693 Wine Spectator
201693 Vinous
96
2018
Every bit as good as I thought it was from barrel, the monumental 2018 Saint Joseph La Dardouille is one of the best Saint Josephs to have ever crossed this taster's lips—certainly in the Top 10. Hints of cedar accent deep notes of blackberry liqueur, underlain by a bed of crushed granite. Full-bodied, richly concentrated and textured, it's a prodigious effort that must be tasted to be believed. Despite the size and extract, there's a sense of cool restraint and even a bit of refreshment on the lengthy finish. Give it another year or two; it should drink well for at least a decade beyond that.
Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate
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