Toggle Navigation Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant Your Cart
Close
Guide to Cabernet Franc ⇒
SHIPPING INCLUDED ON $125 OR MORE
SHOP AVAILABLE WINES →
Home Shop All Wines


Main Menu
Shop All Wines

Producers

Producers

Producers

Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines

(Re)Introducing Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne

by Chris Santini

Buy this collection (4 bottles)

$191.00
(Re)Introducing Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne - Chris Santini
(Re)Introducing Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne - Chris Santini

Kermit spent a lot of time in the 1970s combing through the northern Rhône, a region given scant attention then in France and abroad, where the stars of today were little known beyond their village. One of the places that drew Kermit’s particular attention was Mauves, the historical center of Saint-Joseph, whose intense terroir of ancient terraces cut across impossibly steep slopes. During his time there, Kermit noticed impeccably tended old vines on some of the steepest terrain, farmed by hand, revealed to belong to the Marsanne family. The Marsannes were two brothers of a certain age, weathered vignerons with small holdings and an even smaller cellar, who enjoyed a loyal local following. Their cellar, located in the heart of the village, was as basic as they come: a hard dirt floor with old, dusty barrels, where a hands-off approach was really the only method one could follow. Indigenous yeast, sulfur-free fermentations, and long aging on lees did most of the work. Kermit found his way to the brothers, and out of the barrels he discovered dark, truffled, aromatic Syrah and a Saint-Joseph blanc that finely balanced richness, minerality, and bitter notes. The blanc, of course, was made from the Marsanne grape, highlighting the family’s deep connection to the land. Kermit managed to get his hands on a few bottles to import, but given the brothers’ small production and their focus on local clientele, Kermit and the domaine soon moved on along separate paths.
     Three decades later, while dining in Paris, Kermit noticed a Marsanne bottle and fondly remembered what he had tasted in their cellar all those years before. The bottle was ordered, uncorked, and an old collaboration renewed. The terroir, the balance, the expression were all perfectly preserved and showing their best. Soon we were in touch with Jean-Claude Marsanne, who long ago had taken over from his father and uncle and added several choice parcels to the domaine’s holdings. The farming, the terroir, and the vinifications today remain unchanged—besides the old vines being that much older. Jean-Claude, now joined at the domaine by his two daughters, holds tightly to his family’s traditions, including hand-farming the steeper parcels, slow fermentations, and long aging on fine lees to release each wine at its most expressive. Our reunion with the Marsanne family is one of great pride on both sides.





More from the September 2021 Newsletter


Close
Close

Add a new credit card

Please complete the form below.

Cancel
Close

Add a new shipping address

Please complete your shipping address below.
Cancel
Close
Close

Warnings


Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/alcohol


Many food and beverage cans have linings containing bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical known to cause harm to the female reproductive system. Jar lids and bottle caps may also contain BPA. You can be exposed to BPA when you consume foods or beverages packaged in these containers. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/bpa