2019 Jean Baptiste Souillard Saint Joseph

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

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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.

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.

Region: Saint Joseph, France
Blend: Shiraz (100%)
ABV: 13.50%
Closure: 750ml
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