Place: Saint Joseph - Rhone Valley, FRA
Words from the importer, Andrew Guard
Christian is a vigneron in the town of Tournon sur Rhône, one of the original villages - with Mauves and Saint Jean de Muzols - that make up the original AOC. He does not add any chemical inputs to his soils or to his vineyard, nor in his wines that he has been slowly perfecting for about 20 years, out of passion. The grapes are harvested by hand and the whole bunches are placed in wooden vats. The vinification is carried out at room temperature, with indigenous yeasts, without any artifice. They are semi carbonic macerated, with a light punching down and he does not do pump overs. After pressing, the wine is allowed to rest in old barrels in the cellar under his home. The wine is bottled at the end of August through the beginning of September.
How does it taste? Well, if Jean Gonon and Herve Souhaut got together to make a wine it would, I imagine, taste like Ferme de L'Arbre! This is from St Joseph, from a .75 hectare hillside plot in Tournon. A serious beauty.