Domaine Jolivet L'Instinct St.-Joseph 12pk 2016
Located in the superb St.-Joseph commune of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, Bastien Jolivet, 3rd generation winemaker, released his first vintage in 2014. He returned to the family business after gaining extensive experience working for Stéphane Montez of Domaine du Monteillet, and multiple stints overseas. The estate today includes 8ha in St. Joseph, with 7ha being allocated to red and 1ha to white vines, all within close proximity to the famed Hermitage vineyards. Bastian Jolivet counts as an upcoming starin St.-Joseph, considering his finely crafted, perfumed and immensely elegant wines we are not surprised! Read More
Domaine Jolivet L'Instinct St.-Joseph 2016
Deep brilliant ruby. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, candied flowers and olive, and a smoky mineral topnote lends urgency. Appealingly sweet and precise on the palate, offering concentrated boysenberry and cassis flavors that pick up a peppery, spicy nuance on the back half. Shows excellent delineation and floral thrust on the clinging finish, which is framed by smooth tannins. The 2015 version of this wine is still extremely young but drinks quite nicely if you give it a couple of hours of air.
Rating: 92 Points
Source: Josh Raynolds, Vinous (April 2018)