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Gabriel Meffre

Saint-Joseph

Appellation d'origine protégée

One of the best value of the northern Rhône Valley. The main characteristics of this appellation are a deep and velvety mouth, with delicious notes of prawn and licorice.

Gabriel Meffre signature st Joseph rouge
couleur
2018
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2018 was atypical in many ways. This vintage required a constant presence from the vineyards to the cellar. After a mild Winter, the wet and rainy Spring gave way to a beautiful Summer, favoring a perfect growth of the grapes. September then ushered in an Indian Summer that proved to be more than ideal for harvests with cool nights and warm & sunny days. The grapes were harvested for a total of 8 weeks at optimal maturity and under ideal climatic conditons. The result is an elegant vintage with a particularly aromatic profile and a superbe balance.

Rewards
90-92 pts Jeb Dunnuck
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Saint-Joseph
Vintage
2018

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

The St Joseph appellation is over 50 km long, with steep, terraced vineyards stretching along the right bank of the Rhône River, between Condrieu in the north and St Peray in the south. St Joseph is produced almost entirely from the Syrah grape, grown in light soils of schist and gneiss on granitic bedrock.

Winemaking: 

Carefully sorted upon arrival at the winery, the grapes are then lightly crushed and destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation lasted about 3 weeks followed by a racking and the malolactic fermention. Matured in vats for 6 months prior to bottling.
Vegan Wine

Tasting notes: 

“The 2018 Saint Joseph Saint Etienne has a classic bouquet of dark (almost blue) fruits, scorched earth, toasted spice, and violets. Nicely texture, medium-bodied, relatively forward and charming, it still has plenty of underlying structure.” Jeb Dunnuck (12/12/2019)

 

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

This Saint-Joseph pairs nicely with grilled or roasted meats (rib of beef), or pigeon with peas.
Now or up to 7/8 years of age.

Saint Etienne was described as a man of « good reputation and wisdom”. His name, which means “crowned”, is at the origin of the names of numerous French towns and villages. We have chosen this name for our cuvée in reference to the village of saint Etienne de Valoux, situated in the region where the Saint Joseph appellation is cultivated.

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