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2015 Saint Joseph Rouge “Vieilles Vignes”

Domaine Faury

2015 Saint Joseph <i>Rouge</i> “Vieilles Vignes” Domaine Faury - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
This old-vines cuvée is our own unfiltered blend from Faury’s old hillside vines. Think old-school Saint Joseph. Think Trollat. A lot of bottlings of Côte Rôtie and Hermitage will be humbled by this beauty.
      Dense, dark, deep, complex, and characterful, this red is one to follow over a few years if you can. There is a core of cassis or black currant fruit and smoky bacon fat. The wine ain’t heavy, but it sure is fun to gnaw on.

Kermit Lynch

$40.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Saint-Joseph
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Faury
Winemaker: Lionel Faury
Vineyard: Planted between 1937 and 1976, .9 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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There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.

Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232

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