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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

35 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 2008

eRobertParker.com #214 - Aug 2014

Score : 90

The 2008 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospice is a great effort in the vintage, and is better than a number of more expensive cuvees. Giving up plenty of herbs, peppered steak, smoked earth, graphite and crunchy blackberry-styled fruit, it’s medium-bodied, layered, and beautifully textured, with good ripeness and plenty of tannin. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. Jeb Dunnuck.


Wine Advocate #193 - Feb 2011

Score : 91

Even the 2008 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice, from a difficult vintage, is an outstanding effort. Incense, camphor, black currants, cherries, licorice, crushed rock and graphite characteristics are present in this dark ruby/plum-colored wine that defies the mediocrity of the vintage. A sleeper of the vintage, it is a tribute to the brilliant winemaking and elevage skills of the Guigal family. Robert Parker.


Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2011

Score: 92

Lovely violet, white pepper, black cherry and roasted tobacco aromas and flavors are supported by a mouthwatering chalky edge that cuts through the perfumy finish. Very nicely done for the vintage. Drink now through 2015. 625 cases made. James Molesworth.


A boire

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

10 years.

Food and wine matching

Red meat, game and cheese.

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