Another wonderful wine discovered in Lyon at the fantastic restaurant Palégrié. Monier Perréol is making a very fresh style of Saint-Joseph blanc that perfectly balances the richer, textural qualities of Marsanne with fresh acids that make this drink longer and work with more foods than a typical wine from the region.
Pure, Honest St. Joseph
These biodynamic wines are, in my view, some of the finest in Saint-Joseph, though the domaine farms a mere 5 hectares. The top Rhone critic John Livingstone-Learmonth gives this domain his rare “STGT” classification, which means soil to glass transfer, a designation reserved for the truest ‘terroir’ wines of the Rhone.
The Marsanne vines that provide the grapes for this wine were planted in the early 1980’s. They used to be sold to a local co-op, but since 2001 have been used to make the Domaine’s sole white Saint-Joseph bottling. The wines are fermented in concrete eggs and aged in used oak between 4 months to a year, depending on vintage.
The U.S Importer is Kermit Lynch. No one currently imports these wines into B.C.
As for the wine itself, it is certainly a top Marsanne from the Northern Rhone, with primary focus on minerality and then lovely weight from white stone fruits, buoyed by very fresh acids. This will age for the short term and develop pleasant nutty flavours. It is very pure and very honest wine.
~$40 to $60 in the US