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Monier Perreol, St. Joseph, Rouge, 2016

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"Scrummy. A succulent Northern Rhone Syrah from 30-year-old vines on an estate that has been biodynamic for many years and is certified organic. Savoury with satin texture, and a very versatile food partner. This is great value". Jancis Robinson, Christmas Wine, FT Weekend Magazine, 30th November 2019.

Monier Perreol, St. Joseph, Rouge, 2016

Product Code: MOP516

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Medium Bodied

Rated 3 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: France
  • Region: Rhone
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13%
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Very expressive and fragrant. Gorgeous blueberry fruit, very supple and such expansive aromatics and volume. Well balanced and already attractive. Beautifully pure wine. Now-2025

Restless experimentation and investment continues chez Monier. The latest toys in the pursuit of perfection are very expensive concrete eggs for the whites; and he has been experimenting with the preservative properties of pyramids. Jean-Pierre has been farming organically since the 1980s and biodynamically since 1993, long before this extreme and fascinating branch of organic viticulture became fashionable: his wines are certified by Ecocert. Whatever his means, he unfailingly produces wonderfully flavoursome, well-oaked wines which are hugely admired within France and seem to go down very well with sommeliers at smart London restaurants too!

Both reds are 100% Syrah, destemmed after 12 hours cold soak, then given a temperature controlled fermentation before spending 12 months in barrel. The straight Saint Joseph comes from 30 year old vines near the cellar and goes into about 20% new oak. The low-yielding production of Terre Blanche (about 30% new oak, all aged naturally for seven years) derives from limestone/clay parcels on more steeply pitched vineyards.

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