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DOMAINE GUY FARGE

Guy Farge Saint Joseph
Glass of Saint Joseph in the Yellow Garden
I have known Guy Farge and before him, his cousin Elizabeth Faugier for 24 years, when I was looking for the perfect Saint Joseph, just before moving to the United States. I knew I had found that when I first tasted Elizabeth Faugier's wine. She does not produce anymore, but Guy's production is probably even better than what Elizabeth's. These wines are from grapes raised mostly on the Mont Saint Epine, a location with a superb reputation in the Saint Joseph appellation. The vines are planted on terraces and Guy uses a horse to work the fields.

A saint Joseph is a wine produced on the right bank of the Rhône river, just below the Côtes Roties, and until Saint Peray. We are there in the northern Rhône Valley. The Syrah is original from here, and a Saint Joseph is 100% Syrah. Syrah in these latitudes develops all its potential and is vastly different than in the Southern Rhône, let alone elsewhere in the world. We are looking here for freshness, aromas of violette, eventually black currant.
SAINT JOSEPH, TERROIR DE GRANIT 2014
Farge, Terre de Granit
This is the quintessential Saint Joseph. The body is thick and almost pulpous in a velvety way, rather smooth, although with some a sensation of granularity coming from the peppery feel. The minerality of the soil exudes through that body which is magisterially balanced by a rich aromatic bouquet of red fruits topped by very present and persistent aromas of violet with a subtle note of guimauve (white licorice) in finale.

A beautiful wine, fresh and easy to drink, very "Gouleyant" for those who understand this untranslatable French adjective.

Average price is $29.99

Available at:


STORES:

* Southern Season

* Asheville Wine Market

(Substantial discounts for purchase by the case, including when mix and match)


RESTAURANTS:

* Vin Rouge
SAINT JOSEPH, PASSION DE TERRACES 2014
Farge, Passion de Terrasses
This wine is part of the high nobility in the Saint Joseph Kingdom. It comes from old vines and has a discrete but persistent in mouth, concentration of aromas and very silky tanins. Like the Terroir de Granit above, the body is thick and almost pulpous in a velvety way, only smoother due to the remarkably rounded tanins. Similar aromatic bouquet as the Terroir de Granit above, only with even more intensity and delicious aromas of violet.

A superb wine, the word "nectar" comes to mind.

Average price is $39.99

Available at:


STORES:

* The Raleigh Wine Shop

* Asheville Wine Market

(Substantial discounts for purchase by the case, including when mix and match)
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