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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

39 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 2017


Score : (94-96)

Scheduled to be bottled next February, the 2017 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospices is a head-turner that’s going to compete with the top vintages of this wine. Hermitage-like notes of crème de cassis, graphite, acacia flowers, and subtle oak give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, tannic effort that’s going to reward 4-5 years of bottle age.



Score : (91 - 93)

Disappointing only in the context of other recent vintages, the 2017 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is still a fine wine. It comes across as plush and a bit jammy, with vanilla-accented cherry and raspberry shadings. Medium to full-bodied and richly textured, at the moment it just lacks that little bit of extra spark shown by the 2016 and 2018.


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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