All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
There are guarantees in life. Each year, Domaine Faury produces the single greatest value Syrah on earth: their Saint Joseph Vieilles Vignes, from vines planted in 1937.
For years I've made it no secret that this is the one bottle within the entire Northern Rhone Valley that demands everyone's first look. The value is simply unmatched. While other champions of Saint Joseph like Gonon and Chave are tipping over $100 per bottle, it only highlights the need to find equally compelling examples that deliver exceptional value. While these two names see prices increase drastically vintage after vintage, it's calming to know that Faury's cuvée featuring a selection of old vines still remains well under $50.
In 2017, the Northern Rhône saw temperatures that surpassed 2015's, and the style of the wines are much more forward and open-knit in personality. While the VV will reveal many new layers during a recommended decant, the hallmark notes are even more obvious upon first pour than is customary. Olive tapenade, smoke, black pepper, and violets meet the tell-tale blackberry fruit. 2017 is simply a beast of a vintage for N. Rhône Syrah.
Philippe Faury first took control of the domaine in 1979, a time when peach and cherry production was more common from these vignerons. That year marked a shift toward a newfound vineyard-first focus at the estate. New parcels were purchased on the steeply terraced granite vineyards of Côte Rôtie, Saint Joseph, and Condrieu. Today, Philippe works alongside his son Lionel who took the reigns in 2006.