Saint-Joseph 'Les Champs' Blanc 2019
A Wine That
explores the richer side of white wine. Love the flavour of whites, but can't stand too much acidity? Then this is for you; soft and gentle in its embrace, drinking like this is like lying in the hightest thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. Luxury, but naturally.
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- Winemaker: Dard & Ribo
Where and How?
This is majority old-vine Roussanne (with some younger vines) from the red clay, stony soils of the Les Champs plot. 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?