Saint-Joseph Blanc 2019
A Wine That
will make you wonder: why on Earth am I not drinking more white Rhône? It's a wine that's both plush and angular at the same time; both fruity and salty in perfect harmony. Plus, it goes with just about any dish imaginable. One of our benchmark favourites!.
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- Winemaker: Dard & Ribo
Where and How?
This is a Roussanne-only version of Saint-Joseph blanc; rare in this appellation where Marsanne is usually the majority part of a blend.
The grapes are whole cluster pressed, then the juice is transferred to old 600L barrels where it ferments naturally and ages. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a touch of sulphites.
The Winemaker: Dard & Ribo
René-Jean Dard and François Ribo are the Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson of the wine world. Since the 80s, they’ve been fighting for a more sustainably farmed Northern Rhône, while also fighting off the villains trying to steal their vineyards (yes, really).
It’s been one very long uphill battle to get where they are today: selling all of their wine preallocated to some of the most renowned restaurants in the world. As we stand and chat with René-Jean, the phone rings twice from trade customers interested in buying their wines. He politely lets them down—there’s none for sale. This happens every day.
So how did these two quiet guys in overalls with ponytails become two of the most iconic natural winemakers in the world?