Domaine Bernard Gripa Saint-Joseph ‘Le Berceau’ 2004

88 points

Rhône, France.

Fresh as a daisy, youthful shiraz with lots of primary fruit flavour up-front but with some deep briar notes. This is a densely fruited wine, with the sort of young structure that gives me a headache just thinking about it. Surprisingly for 2004 this has a touch of raisin about it, which may well become more pronounced with age – for this reason I’m being conservative with my rating.

If wines with lots of amines do give you headaches then you probably want to avoid drinking this so young. Indeed anyone sensible will give this another 4 years before first inspecting it. But I bravely persevered to give you a review while you can still buy the wine 🙂

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