De neus wordt getekend door zwart fruit, rozengeur en een pepertje. In de mond primair fruit (zwarte bessen, kersen) en tonen van zoethout. Het vitale sap toont een aantrekkelijke spanning die zich in de mond naar rijper fruit ontwikkelt, met mineraliteit en specerijen. Een levendige structuur, mooie zuurgraad, elegante tannine. Qua stijl toont de wijn zo jong veel finesse, elegant en indrukwekkend voor het oogstjaar. Is absoluut gebaat bij 3-4 jaar flesrijping om enige breedte (complexiteit) te ontwikkelen en zeker karafferen. [maart 2023].
Jean Gonon: “It always has less flesh, is more thin than Tournon, which is typical of Saint Jean.”
Decanter: ‘A classic expression of Saint-Joseph – fruit melded with black olive – this has body but is light in tannin, while the acidity is low but balanced. An elegant, juicy, very drinkable vintage with moderate alcohol, lower than the 2019. The wine had just been transferred to tank post-élevage at the time of tasting, so was showing quite closed; it may well improve and show better after bottling.’ [September 2021]
Wine Advocate/ Joe Czerwinski: “Still in barrels at the time of my visit, Jean Gonon blended a representative sample for me to review. The 2020 Saint Joseph is classic Gonon, with a complex nose of crushed stone, violets, cherries and blueberries; a palate that’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and tannic yet silky; and a finish that’s vibrant and long.” [January 2022]
DrinkRhone.com/John Livingston: 3 barrel tastings: 1-Les Oliviers) Spice-floral, nice raw syrah red fruits on nose. The palate bears a peony perfume, compact gras, a definite centre to it, some suave feel. It pursues a steady route. The tannins are firm but not aggressive. Some sun influence. 2- Les Rivoires, La Croix, Tournon) Discreet, fine strawberry, red berry airs, bingo clarity. The palate is cool, well lined, nicely restrained, rather crisp, has smoke-chalk influences, a more granite inflexion, carries a good vibe, is natural. The shape of this is remarkable given the growing season conditions. 3-St Jean de Muzols: black cherry fruit, blue fruit, sparks of granite, cordite within, with crushed raspberry airs. The palate has a good line of spine – that renders it droit and gives it direction, while it’s enclosed by rocky-grainy tannins. It’s notably structured, serves a max purpose for the blend on that basis. It holds very articulate red fruit, is a real terroir, STGT wine, great truth in it. [October 2022]
Jeb Dunnuck: “The 2020 Saint Joseph is another gem from this estate. From yields of 36 hectoliters per hectare and fermented with plenty of stems, its deep purple hue is followed by a quintessential Saint-Joseph bouquet of dark, peppery fruits, damp earth, violets, and spring flowers. With a beautiful sense of minerality, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and no hard edges, this gorgeous Saint-Joseph will evolve for 10-15 years with no issues.” [December 2022]
Stuart Pigott/JamesSuckling.com: “St. Joseph is often declared to be a second tier appellation in the Northern Rhone, but here’s proof that it can play in the first league of the region. This has an incredibly deep nose of ripe blackberries, other forest berries and smoke. On the barely full-bodied palate it is simultaneously rich, focused and extremely complex with very graceful fine tannins and stacks of stony minerality at the breathtakingly fresh finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.” 98/100 [May 2023]