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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 2011

eRobertParker.com #214 - Aug 2014

Score : (92-94)

Still in barrel, the 2011 Guigal St Joseph Vignes des Hospices is a gorgeous Syrah that has layers of creme de cassis, blackberry, licorice, toast, pepper and caramelized meat on both the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied, with the forward, sexy feel of the vintage, it’s a pleasure-bent Saint Joseph to drink over the coming 12-15 years. Jeb Dunnuck.


Wine Advocate #210 - Dec 2013

Score : (91-93)

Scheduled to be bottled this coming February and slightly lighter in style, the 2011 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice (100% Syrah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak) offers perfumed spice, red currants, blackberry and bouquet garni-styled aromatics, medium to full-body and an overall seamless, forward and silky profile. It should be ready to go on release, yet evolve gracefully for 10-15 years. Jeb Dunnuck.


Wine Spectator - Issue: Nov 15, 2014

Score : 94

A juicy, almost gutsy style, with a mix of raspberry coulis, plum paste and fig sauce notes, pushed from behind by lively briar and anise accents. The rich finish shows an ample wood component, presenting a singed juniper edge that adds range and texture. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases made. James Molesworth.



Score : 17.5/20

Somptueuse texture, tannin harmonieux, longueur impressionnante, race de terroir formidable mais surtout un triomphe d’un élevage long et maîtrisé.




A garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

10 years.

Food and wine matching

Red meat, game and cheese.

The cooperage

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