Wine Advocate 97 points - After aging 30 months in 100% new oak the 2009 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice is a wine of extraordinary intensity. It ranks alongside some of the luxury cuvees of Chapoutier, Delas, Andre Perret and Jean-Louis Chave as one of the finest St.-Josephs of the appellation. It emerges from what may be the most remarkable vineyard from a photogenic perspective towering above the village of Tournon on an incredibly steep slope. A dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of camphor, licorice, subtle smoke, lead pencil shavings, blackberries and cassis. This is a superb wine to drink over the next 15+ years.
Wine Spectator 95 points - Exotic and flashy, with bold espresso, melted licorice, incense and black tea aromatics rushing forth, backed by dense but focused blackberry and plum pâte de fruit notes. The long, graphite-filled finish drips with fruit and singed wood notes, and should meld nicely in the cellar. Best from 2013 through 2023. From France.—J.M.
"The outrageous, inky/purple-hued 2009 St.-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice boasts scents of roast beef, bacon fat, black currants, blackberries, camphor, licorice and subtle smoke along with great intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a fantastic finish. It will be drinkable early in life and keep for two decades." - Robert Parker