St Joseph
    André Perret

    St Joseph,

    Destination

    vintage

    André Perret, St Joseph, 2020

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    André Perret, St Joseph, 2020

    Ripe, fleshy but vibrant this boasts a complex mix of dark cherry, sweet damson and Victoria plum fruit – energised by a spicy, smoky cracked pepper quality. Full of character and substance whilst remaining moreish and digest. A blend of Syrah vines in the commune of Chavanay in the north part of St Joseph near Condrieu. Made from 100% de-stalked Syrah and aged in 20% new oak barriques usually for 12-14 months.

    Maturity:
    Keep
    ABV:
    14%
    92/100
    Josh Raynolds, Vinous
    Deep, vivid ruby. Fresh, spice-accented red and blue fruits and candied flowers on the expansive nose. Offers appealingly sweet and juicy cherry and blueberry flavors, along with suggestions of licorice, cracked pepper and olive. The spice and floral notes drive a long, smooth finish that features well-judged tannins and a lingering kirsch flourish.
    Date Reviewed:
    12/2022

    specifications

    country:
    France
    region:
    Rhone
    Appellation:
    Producer:
    André Perret
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    Allergen Information:
    This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
    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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