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2014 Saint Joseph Rouge

Domaine Faury

2014 Saint Joseph <i>Rouge</i> Domaine Faury - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
From the heights of the hamlet of La Ribaudy, perched above the rolling waters of the Rhône, Lionel Faury has very comfortably stepped into his role at the helm of the family domaine since taking over for his father ten years ago. The Faurys have always accentuated Syrah’s potential for making elegant wines of great finesse rather than the meatier reds  that can be found elsewhere in the northern Rhône; their Saint Joseph rouge in particular stands out as a thing of delicacy and grace. Vinifications are gentle, with about one third of the fruit going through whole-cluster fermentation for textural and aromatic lift. Elevage takes place in foudres and demi-muids to preserve the wine’s inherent vitality and avoid any flavors not born from grape or terroir, before Lionel bottles it unfined and unfiltered.
          The 2014 vintage chez Faury proved a perfect match for the house style, yielding brightly perfumed wines with delightfully supple tannins. From its floral nose to the fresh, silky finish, this Syrah is about as drinkable as they come. Undoubtedly, those who appreciate the finer things in life will very much appreciate this most harmonious expression of Saint Joseph. –Anthony Lynch
$32.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Saint-Joseph
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Faury
Winemaker: Lionel Faury
Vineyard: Planted between 1976 and 2007, 6.4 ha
Soil: Granite
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Northern Rhône

On the wines of the northern Rhône, Kermit wrote in Adventures on the Wine Route, “The best combine a reminder of the sunny Mediterranean with the more self-conscious, intellectual appeal of the great Burgundies farther north, which is not a bad combination.” Like the wines of Provence, Burgundy, and Beaujolais, Kermit was introduced to this region by Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters.

Though technically part of the same region as the southern Rhône and connected by the Rhône River, much differentiates the north from the south. The climate is continental and in general cooler than that Mediterranean climate of the south. The appellations are significantly smaller: Cornas has less than 300 acres planted to vine and Hermitage around 345. The area planted is minute when compared to Gigondas (3,000+ acres) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (nearly 8,000 acres). Many of the great wines come from steep hillside vines—terraced during Roman times. It was clear to the Romans that great wine could be made here and DNA evidence now shows that Syrah is in fact indigenous to the Rhône.

The terroir is predominantly granite and lastly, blends of the wines are mostly single grape varieties. Only four grape varieties are permitted in AOC blends: Syrah, Viogner, Marsanne, and Roussanne (as compared to the 19 permitted varieties allowed in Châteauneuf). The red wines are nearly all Syrah and Condrieu and Château Grillet must be 100% Viogner. The whites of Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Saint Péray, and Crozes-Hermitages may only be blends of Marsanne and Roussanne.

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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