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2016 Saint Joseph Rouge

Lionel Faury

Seventeenth-century monks in the region wrote about the wine from these hills as being
“fresh and delicate,” and, indeed, the Faurys have always accentuated Syrah’s potential for making elegant wines of real finesse. Their Saint Joseph rouge in particular stands out as a thing of purity and grace. Vinifications are gentle, with about one third of the fruit going through whole-cluster fermentation for textural and aromatic lift. Élevage takes place in foudres and demi-muids to preserve the wine’s inherent vitality and avoid any flavors not born from grape or terroir, and the wine undergoes neither fining nor filtration.
         Suggestions of violets, black olive, blackberry, and peppery spices soar from the glass, and the wine graces the palate with a featherweight touch—that’s the Faury signature. From its floral nose to the bright, supple finish, this Syrah is a perfect example of traditionally styled Saint Joseph.

Anthony Lynch

$34.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Saint-Joseph
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Lionel 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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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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