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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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2016
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After a particularly mild winter, vines came up early to maturity. The hot summer in the Northern Rhone Valley kepted the vines very healthy, and the mid-harvest rains favored a maturing without stress. The result is a profile with very pure notes of black fruits and spices, making it a great vintage.

Rewards

89-92 pts   Jeb Dunnuck

87-89 pts  The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

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Saint-Joseph
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

Our parcel selection sources from:
-  “Serine” grapes (Syrah especially selected from the most robust non-clonal vines) and classic Syrah from the South-facing granite slopes at 250m in altitude in the Northern St Joseph communes of Malleval and Roche Courbe. These terroirs produce wines with delicate smoky, spicy and violet aromas with excellent vivacity.
-  Syrah from complex granite-based slopes facing Southwest at 200m in altitude in the central part of the St Joseph appellation around St Jean de Muzols.

Winemaking: 

Manual harvesting between September 30th and October 10th, 2016, fermentation in vats. Malo-lactic fermentation in new 275 lt Laurus barrels followed by 15 months “élevage”.

Bottled on April 15th, 2017.

3,594 bottles, 200 magnums and 9 jeroboams produced.

Tasting notes: 

"It has the tell-tale purity of the vintage in its darker fruits, spice, vanilla bean and roasted meat aromas and flavors. With medium-bodied richness, a ripe, polished, sweetly fruited style, and no hard edge..." Jeb Dunnuck - April 2018.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at around 16° to 18°C. Recommend opening an hour before serving

Best enjoyed between 2018 and 2028

Alc. by vol.  13%

 

Entrecote with Roquefort sauce
Roasted quails with chestnuts

Age of vines & yield: 

37 years on average – 39 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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