Recent experience with a 2004 Courbis St. Joseph blanc raised questions about the ageability of these wines. This Bernard Gripa 2006, however, restored my confidence that St. Joseph whites can handle mid-term ageing in the bottle.
Gripa is a leading producer in St. Joseph, making some of the best wines at the price point. This basic white St. Joseph is 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, fermented 70% in vat and 30% in old oak for eight months.
Classically low-acid, texturally driven Marsanne and Roussanne, this fantastic Saint-Joseph is also quite minerally. It’s peaking right now, making it an excellent buy for near-term consumption, but be sure to drink it in the next 6 months. It will pair very well with seafood or with pork-based dishes like the braised pork shoulder and pumpkin stew I had it with. It’s low-acid (though good balance) makes this a perfect after dinner sipper as well.
$43 at Marquis