Saint Joseph was originally called “Vin de Tournon”. The monks who lived in this little village used to produce wine from the vineyard at the top of the hill behind the village.
The terroir in Saint Joseph is mainly composed of granite. The vineyard spreads out 40km along the right bank of the Rhône river. For our fist vintage we wanted to make a balanced wine using grapes from the north of the appellation, which bring minerality and fruit, and ones from the historical centre of Saint Joseph that give more flesh to the wine. The blending makes wines with great distinction and extremely balanced.
The vintage :
At the beginning of 2007 the weather was intermittent with periods of cold and wet weather followed by high temperatures starting as early as April. The summer arrived late with low seasonal temperatures. Finally the heat arrived around August 20th and lasted throughout September.
In the north of the appellation, the villages of St Pierre de Boeuf and Chavanay.
For the historical centre of the appellation, the village of Mauves south of Tournon.
The grapes are cold-macerated before being fermented to increase the aromas of fruit. Maceration and fermentation for about 20 days with pumping-over for the first few days followed by punching-down. Ageing in 1 and 2 year old barrels for 10 months to bring concentration to the wine.
Syrah : 100%
Tasting notes :
Intense and rich on notes of wild fruit. The mouth is complex with soft tannins. This wine is powerful and has a distinctive elegance to it. To drink straight away or in the next 3 years.
Serving tips :
Serve at 17°C on grilled meats or small game or why not try it with Pigeon ?
Wines like this, from vines that are up to 90 years old, are why St-Joseph is being taken increasingly seriously. It’s made from vines growing in granite subsoil topped by weathered granite and the region’s distinctive galet stones. Smoky, sweet almond notes are joined by powerful, structured cherry and blackberry notes which will come to the fore in the bottle – it’s currently still in the barrel until the end of 2018. No new oak used.
Decanter, Note : 94/100, 2018-09-06