2012 St Joseph Rouge, Le Paradis St Pierre, Domaine Coursodon

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100% destemmed and picked relatively late, the Paradis coaxes complexity from the 80-year-old vines and uncompromising granitic soils. The emphasis on teroir is underlined by the fact that only 10% of the oak employed is new; the 2012 is engagingly complex. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer Phlegmatic and industrious , Jérôme has worked his way to the top of the appellation, quite literally when he is working his precipitous Paradis St Pierre vineyard, magisterial and dressed in granite, high above the village of Mauves. In 2012 he was wary of rot during the humid spring, and then anxious ab