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"Vignes de l'Hospice"

Cultivated on a unique geological formation close to the famous ‘colline des Bessards’ in Hermitage, this Saint-Joseph has all the elegance of its appellation combined with the power of its neighbour facing the river.

Soil type

Steep vineyards on a granite slope.

Grape variety

100 % Syrah.

Average age of vines

20 to 80 years old.


Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation up to 33°C.


30 months in new oak barrels.

Average yield

37 Hl / hectare.


Eye : Deep red.
Nose : Complex with dominant black fruit and delicate oak aromas. A pure and intense nose.
Palate : A powerful attack. Powerful, round and elegant tannins
Overall : Originating from a geological formation similar to the famous Bessards slopes in Hermitage, this Saint-Joseph has all the finess of the appellation and the strength of its neighbour accross the river.

Our comment

This wine originates from a monopoly of the best terroirs adjoining what were previously the Jean-Louis GRIPPAT and VALLOUIT estates. This is a unique expression of the most impressive and exclusive slopes of the Saint-Joseph appellation.

Vintages 2009


eRobertParker.com #214 - Aug 2014

Score : 95

Checking in at 13.7% natural alcohol (it’s normally in the 13.5 rage), the blockbuster 2009 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospice is more open, broad and expansive on the palate than the ’10, yet possesses a similar level of concentration and structure. Giving up plenty of barbecued meat, toasted bread, smoke and black raspberry jam, this puppy is another gorgeous Syrah from this vineyard. It offers plenty of pleasure now, yet will be better in another handful of years and drink beautifully through 2029. Jeb Dunnuck.


Wine Advocate #198 - Dec 2011

Score : (95-97)

The outrageous, inky/purple-hued 2009 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice boasts scents of roast beef, bacon fat, black currants, blackberries, camphor, licorice and subtle smoke along with great intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a fantastic finish. It will be drinkable early in life and keep for two decades. Drink: 2011 – 2031. Robert Parker.


Wine Spectator - Issue: Sep 30, 2012

Score: 95

An exotic and flashy red, with bold espresso, melted licorice, incense and black tea aromatics rushing forth, backed by dense but focused noted of blackberry and plum pâte de fruit. The long, graphite-filled finish drips with fruit and singed wood notes, and should meld nicely in the cellar. Best from 2013 through 2023. 915 cases made. James Molesworth.


Guide Bettane et Desseauve des Vins de France

Score : 17,5/20

Plus serré que le saint-joseph, plus de densité, une fine salinité vient rehausser la fin de bouche, on peut l’attendre, grand millésime.


A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

10 years.

Food and wine matching

Red meat, game and cheese.

The cooperage

of the domain


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