Domaine Faury Saint Joseph 2016
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Domaine Faury is one of the Northern Rhone Valley’s most artisanal producers. When Philippe Faury took over the domaine in 1979, the family was selling wine, peaches and cherries, and the bulk of their clientele was local. Over the years, Philippe expanded their holdings to over eleven hectares, and expanded sales to an international client base. In addition, he has shared his savoir faire with his son, Lionel. Since 2006, Lionel has taken over the reins at Domaine Faury, though father and son still work side by side.
The steep slopes of the northern Rhône present a challenging terrain where farming is only feasible through terracing. On these terraced slopes, the Faurys’ vines take full advantage of the southern and southeastern sun exposure, benefitting from optimum ripening. A combination of the predominately granitic soil, partial de-stemming (in about 70% of the grapes), soft crushing of the grapes with a pneumatic press, and temperature controlled fermentation offer a liveliness and freshness that one does not often find in wines from the northern Rhône. There’s a real attention to detail here, and nothing is done in haste. Every method used encourages the grape towards greatness with the ultimate respect for its fragility. Pigeage, the punching of the cap, is not carried out with tools, but gently by foot – not just poetic but also pragmatic. Unfined and only lightly filtered before bottling, these wines are loaded with classic flavors and show a remarkable rustic elegance.
92 Points - Vinous Media
"Scents of fresh blackberry and boysenberry, complicate by smoky herbs and pungent floral notes. Sappy, appealingly sweet dark berry and cherry flavors show very good delineation and pick up a spicy quality with air. Finishes with bright, energetic cut, sneaky tannins and lingering sweetness."
|Region||France, Rhone, St-Joseph|
Wine SpectatorLovely blackberry and dark cherry fruit is gently mulled, with anise, black tea and light bay leaf hints. Perfumy spice and violet notes chime on the silky finish.