2017 Jean-Baptiste Souillard Saint-Joseph

Saint Joseph, France

Elegant, refined Saint-Joseph from one of the rising stars of the Rhone Valley.



About The Wine

Jean-Baptiste Souillard has a wonderful way of coaxing the best out of his small parcels of Syrah from the rocky hillside vineyards of Saint Joseph.

He makes four cuveés from Saint Joseph: three lieu-dit from Sarras and Andance in the centre of the region and Saint-Pierre de Boeuf in the northern reaches - and this, the village wine made from a blend of the three sites.

Souillard has a penchant for whole bunch which creates wonderful tension and energy in his Syrahs. His preference for old, large barrels only further highlighting his respect for the fruit and his desire to make more transparent expressions of the region.

This is a beautiful, exotic Syrah - bursting with floral perfume and a slippery, spice-riddled palate. A cracking release from one of the Rhone's rising stars.

About Jean-Baptiste Souillard

Jean-Baptiste Souillard is a young, talented winemaker based in the Rhone Valley who turning plenty of heads with his suite of refined, low-intervention reds and whites.

With experience gained alongside young Burgundian luminary, Benjamin Leroux, Jean-Baptiste has made a name for himself in just a short time.

He hunts for untapped old-vine sites on granite-based hillsides in the late-ripening northern reaches of the Rhone and translates them into supple, precise wines built around heady layers of perfume and spice.

He is surely one of the names to watch in the Rhone Valley - part of a new generation who is redefining the region one small batch of hand-crafted wine at a time.

Winemaker Jean-Baptiste Souillard
Winemaker Jean-Baptiste Souillard
Photo Credit: Michel Joly
Additional Info

From The Importer

There are four Saint-Joseph Syrahs in the range. The village wine is a blend from three sites: Sarras and Andance in the centre and Saint-Pierre de Boeuf in the north, heading towards Ampuis.

All three parcels are east-facing (exposed to the rising sun), on granites and high on the slope. JB estimates the average age of the wines to be 30 years. The winemaking is effectively the same for all the wines—spontaneous ferment and maceration in stainless, before élevage in old wood—though the village wines and lieux-dits are fermented with a large proportion of whole bunches, as is the case here.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Jean-Baptiste in his cellar
Jean-Baptiste in his cellar
Andance, Rhone Valley
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Beautiful violet perfume, white pepper, some green herb, a lightning strike of purple fruit. Smooth, fine and cut with refreshing, perfectly-judged acidity, there's no oak in sight - just a pool of deep, moreish fruit. Fine Syrah here. Wonderful drinking. - Different Drop Wine Team


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