2017 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Bonneveau" Saint-Joseph

SKU #1457472 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 One of the standouts in the lineup is the 2017 Saint Joseph Bonneveau, which comes from a higher elevation parcel near Tournon, in the southern part of the appellation. Revealing a deep purple color as well as an opulent, full-bodied, layered style on the palate, it has a kiss of barrique as well as loads of deep black fruits, cured meats, pepper, lavender, and gamey aromas and flavors. It will stand toe to toe with the top wines in the vintage. This cuvée is destemmed and spent 12-14 months in 10% new French oak.  (12/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Lush, with lots of dark plum, blackberry and black currant compote flavors giving this a fruit-forward profile, accented by well-embedded juniper and tobacco notes. A lively mineral hint peeks in on the finish. There's lots to like here, and this will cellar well. Best from 2022 through 2034. 150 cases made, 30 cases imported. (JM)  (2/2019)

93-94 points Vinous

 Bright purple. Powerful, mineral-driven aromas of cassis, cherry compote, licorice and cracked pepper, along with a smoky nuance that builds in the glass. Chewy and sharply delineated in the mouth, offering bitter cherry, blackcurrant, spicecake and dark chocolate flavors that steadily deepen on the back half. Finishes on a youthfully gripping tannic note, with building sweetness and strong, mineral-driven persistence. This vineyard sits on pure granitic soil in Tournon. (raised in oak barrels, 15% of them new, for 16 months) (JR)  (7/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 An elevated, granite parcel that has seen some assertive oak influence and offers quite a savory impression and smoky, dark stones. The palate has a very juicy feel with dark plums and blackberries on offer. Assertive tannins. Needs time. Long and quite bold. Try from 2025. (NS)  (10/2019)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Like several of the other Ferraton 2017 offerings, the 2017 Saint Joseph Lieu-Dit Bonneveau looks quite tannic at this stage. It's toasty and fragrant, with ample black olive notes and hints of plum and spice. Medium to full-bodied, it's rich and velvety on the mid-palate, then finishes with firm, astringent tannins. (JC)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Ferraton, under the guidance of Michel Chapoutier, has created a range of stunning Lieu-Dit bottlings that emulates more the style of Burgundy with these beautiful Cru expressions. Bonneveau comes from one of the most striking St-Joseph vineyards planted at 300 meters over hard granite sitting above the village of Tournon. Made from 100% Syrah, it is vinified in concrete vats and ages for about 12-14 months in barrel. Another beautiful near-naked expression of these tremendous terroirs.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2020 | Send Email
As pure an expression as you could hope, the "Bonneveau" has all of that wonderful bacon fat and rich black fruit, and at such a young age! This has so much purity, you will be hard pressed not to enjoy it. And you should, but don't forget to tuck away a few extra bottles for posterity. This rivals the best from Chave, Gonon and Chapoutier himself!

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2020 | Send Email
I found the “Bonneveau” to be the most accessible of the three Lieu Dit wines. It possesses all that classic northern Rhone Syrah character. To be sure, this is still a structured and brooding wine. But, there is a freshness on the palate that gives the wine enough lift to be drunk young. There’s plenty of minerality, spice, and blue fruit to entice the drinker. I suggest you hold off on this one for 3-5 years to catch the wine in a most perfectly integrated state. But, if you don’t feel like waiting; a long decant and a hunk of beef ought to do the trick. Really lovely stuff.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2020 | Send Email
This is why I drink St. Joseph. This is one of those appellations, where if you know where to look you can find incredible values and remarkable wines. Take for instance this wine from Bonneveau, just outside the town of Tournon. It’s from one of the original sites for Saint Joseph (nearly 20 other villages were added in 1971). Sitting direct opposite of the great hill of Hermitage, planted on hard granite soils above the village. The aroma on this is blue-fruited and seductive. Deeper I found blackberries, spice and even a touch of violets. Weighted and contoured on the palate with black pepper spice biting through the middle of the palate. There’s plenty of structure to be sure, but this wine’s been open an hour and it’s really started to soften up and give way to a core of black fruit in the center of this wine. Great wine. Will be a stunner in 5-6 years. I’m definitely going to pick up a few for the cellar.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/21/2020 | Send Email
There's so much elegance in this nose, it just says balance from the get go, it's got an overall savory character, more umami than outright fruit. On the palate once again it's balance, elegance and then what I really appreciate in Syrah based wines is lift, that buoyant character that makes the wine stand-up and standout. It's almost as if you can feel the sunlight, the purity of the flavors more flavor facets than roundness that add to the complexity. Certainly my favorite of the Ferraton's I tried, I look forward to drinking this in the coming years.

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