The first winemaker of the Family started his activity in 1920 with 12 hectares. After 3 generations of growing vines and being part of the Coopérative, Guy Farge decided to vinify his grapes himself and in 2007 created his first cuvée. Since then he constantly enhanced the quality of his vines bringing more methods from the organic viticulture and reintroducing the work with the horse in his plots. In 2018 his son Thomas came back from Chicago where he did his MBA and took over the family business. -- The estate now represents 22 hectares and the vines spread on several appellations like Saint Joseph, Condrieu, Cornas and Saint Péray. The slopes are made of granit and the soil is very filtering, the vines are only rarely esposed to the drought. The cultivation of the vines is done by terraces, supported by dry stone walls. The work on the vine is exclusively manual, from pruning to harvesting. -- In the constant concern for environmentally friendly working, the methods of sustainable agriculture adopted (minimal use of treatment products) have naturally given a new place of honour to the horse, which passes through the rows of vines of certain plots to turn the soil around, and thus weed and aerate the soil.
What The Critics Say
94/100 Decanter, Matt Walls
"From granite soils, the 60% whole-bunch fruit is matured for 12 months in five-year-old 400l oak barrels, and a large 3000l foudre. Full, rounded, sweet fruits are encased in a very fine tannic mesh. It has serious persistence, more ripe than fresh, and has remarkable presence and depth. A wine with naturally powerful, unadorned fruit, discreetly and skilfully tailored."
Drink 2020 - 2027
93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"With just a small proportion of what Thomas Farge calls "newer" oak (one to four years) and the rest older oak, the 2017 Saint Joseph Terroir de Granit is more about the fruit and the terroir than the élevage. Black olives and black cherries balance each other out nicely, made more complex with the addition of some gentle herb accents. It's medium to full-bodied, concentrated yet silky, with a long finish that echoes of black tea leaves. It should drink well for a decade or so." Drink 2019 - 2030
16/20 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming
"Cask sample. Tasted blind. Simple black fruit, savoury almost to the point of austerity on the finish, but there's enough acidity and fruit to keep it drinkable. Moderate length, smooth texture. (RH)." Drink 2019 - 2024
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