Appellation: Saint-Joseph.
Cuvée: Rouge.
Colour: Red.
Grapes: Syrah.
About: from vines that Yves and Mathilde bought in 2007, requiring several years to get into good condition. Offers Côte Rôtie-like aromatics and tension, but less fine.

Vines

Location: From steep hillside vineyards in the northern sector of St Joseph close to Condrieu in the Peyraud lieu-dit.
Size ha: 1.5.
Age: planted in 1995.
Soils: granite.
Exposition: south-east.
Altitude: 300m.
Training: gobelet on échalas.
Farming: organic.
Average yield hl/ha: 40.
Climate: continental with warm to hot summers, cold winters, wet in autumn and spring.

Winemaking

Hand harvested into small crates, sorted both in the vineyard and in cellar. Usually around 80% whole bunch depending on the harvest. Ferments in 300 litre oak barrels, 25% new and the rest 2-4 year old, at ambient cellar temperature around 20-23ºC. Aged 12 months in the same barrels, blended a month before bottling. Bottled unfined, very lightly filtered.

Vintage Notes 2016
Cool fine vintage, like 2013 but softer. 30% whole bunch due to lack of space.
Yield hl/ha: 40.
Bottles produced: 2,500.
Alcohol %: .
SO2 Total: .
Tasting: ravishing, light, airy, refreshing, aromatic with red berry fruit, black pepper, very fine tannins, elegant, cool acidity, long.

Vintage Notes 2017
A hot, bone dry vintage, where yields were saved by the rainfall of 2016.
Yield hl/ha: 35
Harvested:
Bottles produced: 4,000
Date bottled: 2019-08
Alcohol %: 14.38
SO2 Total: 36
Tasting: rich, concentrated, tannic, forward black and blue berry fruit, mineral, pure, silky.