2013 St Joseph, Lautaret, Domaine Eric & Joël Durand

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The Durand late-harvest philosophy was well suited to 2013 it seems. The granitic slopes behind the village include six hectares of Durand vines, the source of this powerful wine, its notes of dark chocolate and cerise complemented by a seam of elegant acidity and persuasive but not overwhelming tannins. Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer Relatively new to our list, Domaine Durand is based just south of Mauves in the village of Châteaubourg, their ancient cellar located virtually underneath the ruins of the eponymous castle. The loquacious Joël advises that 2013 was complicated, but ultimately succ