St Joseph, Les Grisières
André Perret

St Joseph, Les Grisières, 2020


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2020
6x75cl
DP
£187.22


André Perret, St Joseph, Les Grisières, 2020

2017
2020

Tasting Notes


Maturity:
Keep

ABV:
14 %

Notes

Serious and powerful but noble. Sinewy dark and red berry fruits with a fresh spiciness and smoky coal dust touches. A sapid and mineral quality adds life to the rich, layered fruit. There is a solid backbone to this, too; it promises to make old bones! A blend of 70-year-old Syrah vines in the commune of Chavanay in the north part of St Joseph near Condrieu. Made from 85% de-stalked Syrah (15% whole bunches were included in the 2017 for the first time) and aged in 20% new oak barriques usually for 16 to 18 months.

Critics score


Score:
95

100

Source:
Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Date:
12/2022

Notes
Deep magenta. Juicy red and dark berry and floral scents are sharpened by smoky mineral and spice flourishes. Sappy and laser-focused on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors that are complicated by salty olive and cracked pepper flourishes. Fleshes out slowly with air while maintaining energy, finishing bright, spicy and extremely long, displaying sharp clarity, discreet tannins and resonating florality, this bottling makes its case for being one of the very best Saint-Josephs of this excellent vintage. Made with 20% whole clusters.

specifications

country:
France

region:
Rhone

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Producer:
André Perret

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Allergen Information:
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André Perret

André Perret

Tasting André’s superb wines is an unforgettable experience. However, there is always a reticent air about him and an unwillingness to accept praise for the nectar that lies in his immaculate cellars. He deflects most of the praise onto the steep vineyards he owns at Chavanay and the three hectare Côteau du Chéry, the pearl in his oyster. His vines (between 25 to 50 years old) are well exposed to the sun and rarely yield more than 30 hl/ha. He prefers one- to two-year-old oak for maturing his whites, believing that brand new oak can only subdue the extravagant natural aromas and flavours of the Viognier. Malo-lactic fermentation is completed but these never lack for verve or balance. He is truly one of Condrieu's great winemakers. Of his two top Condrieu, the Clos Chanson is usually the most immediately appealing. It offers balance and charm for up to three years in bottle, while the Château du Chéry plays a little harder to get with its finer, classier fruit and violet hints that further reveal themselves with a couple of years bottle age. The crunchy, damson-packed St Joseph usually requires two years in bottle before starting to drink while Les Grisières, a parcel of 90-year-old vines, could challenge a Côte Rôtie for its grace and longevity.

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