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2016 Saint-Joseph “Les Grisières”

André Perret

In addition to making benchmark Condrieu, André Perret is also a master of Saint-Joseph, the underestimated appellation of the northern Rhône, and provides Syrahs that showcase the finesse and perfume that Chavanay is known for, along with a power and concentration more reminiscent of the southern stretches of Saint-Joseph near Mauves, or, even closer, the wines of neighboring Côte-Rôtie. André’s “Grisières” bottling could stand in quite handily for that noble appellation. Yearning for northern Rhône magic? Here you go. Pull a cork or more and see what I mean.

Dixon Brooke

$55.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Saint-Joseph
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: André Perret
Vineyard: 1 ha, 40 years average
Soil: Granite, sand
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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