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.