2019 Domaine Des Pierres Seches Syrah

St Joseph, France

A wine that combines all the best characteristics of each Northern Rhone appellation into one great value bottle.



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About The Wine

From a plot that sits at about 400m elevation in the southern part of St Joseph, this is a serious wine full of depth that pulls together all those special characteristics that make Syrah from the Northern Rhone so epic.

It has the spice and floral aromas of Cote Rote, that cool white pepper kick of Crozes Hermitage and the muscularity of St. Joseph and Cornas. Youthful and vibrant with summer berries, liquorice, pepper and graphite flavours, and a silky but present tannic structure.

Savoury and ripe, this is Northern Rhone at its best…even before you look at its ridiculous value-for-money price.

About Domaine Des Pierres Seches

Though he didn’t begin making wine until 2007, and despite his origins in Alsace-Lorraine, and training in Burgundy, Sylvain Gauthier, has rapidly emerged as one of the young guns of the Northern Rhone.

A steadfast believer in the benefits of organic viticulture, Sylvain is intent on making the world stand up and take notice of his pure full-bodied expression of Syrah.

Working his vineyards by hand, ploughing with horse, and manually controlling weeds in the vineyard, his hands are in control of all elements of the winemaking process from budburst to bottle.

Despite time spent under Northern Rhone icons Chapoutier and Stephan Robert, and the fact that he is a second generation vigneron, Sylvain is forging his own unique path with a singular focus; producing pure, natural, clean and vivid 'real' Rhone Syrah.

Additional Info

From The Producer

From a plot located above St. Joseph at 400m, well-sited and with soils laden with schist. The vines are relatively low-yielding at 40-50 hl/ha, and although vinification is carried out in stainless steel tanks, it is then matured in barrels for 6 months following.


Blend : Syrah (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025

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Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Meaty and spicy, oyster shells, nuts and dried herb, blue and black fruit. It’s intense, but light, with an almost bloody flavour, but plenty of energy and fruit too. Really pops. Pumice stone tannin is a highlight, as is the freshness and grip on a long cool finish. You might say it’s all Syrah on the nose, but with a sort of Beaujolais lightness and crunch in the mouth. A delight." - Gary Walsh (Winefront)

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    Dark, deep and brooding. Great minerality with a pine forest floor nose and lovely dryness. Keeps you coming back for more! Ordered another bottle while still drinking it.

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