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Saint-Joseph

Appellation d'origine protégée

Located in the commune of St Jean de Muzols in an area known as “Roche Courbe”, the vines we selected are Syrah and Serine (massal selection of original Syrah). They produce a fruity and spicy wine with a long and aromatic finish.

Saint Joseph
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2012
Solar & Expressive
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After a very cold winter and late spring, the flowering process ended in mid-June. The hot summer without extreme weather conditions and with plentiful subsoil water supplies meant that the ripening process was completed in good conditions.

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91   Wine Spectator
90   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
 
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Saint-Joseph
Vintage
2012

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

Located in the commune of Saint Jean de Muzols, in an area known as “Roche Courbe”, the vines we have selected grow in granitic soils that enjoy a south/south-westerly exposure at 200 metres of altitude, producing fruity and spicy wines.

Winemaking: 

Manually harvested grapes first underwent alcoholic fermentation in a vat. The malolactic fermentation process was completed in new 275-litre oak Laurus barrels. Elevage on fine lees over a period of 16 months.

Production: 3,900 bottles
Bottled on: 19/06/2014

Tasting notes: 

Bright and shiny red colour. After the first nose of ripe black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberries) come spicy and peppery notes. To the palate, tannins are already muted, and can only improve with age. The finish is fresh-tasting, spicy and fruity (18th July 2014).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18 °C – Ideal when transferred to a carafe 2 hours prior to serving

Cep mushrooms & foie gras with puff pastry
Duck breast with Sichuan pepper
Loin of veal, juice of sage & chanterelle mushroom risotto

Optimum maturity: 2016 - 2019

Age of vines & yield: 

35 years on average – 33 hl/ha

It was the Jesuits, living in Tournon during the 17th century, who gave its name to the Saint Joseph appellation. The 1.100ha vineyard extends over 50kms along the right bank of the Rhône river.

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