Saint-Joseph 'Les Champs' Rouge 2019
A Wine That
takes the beautiful floral elements of Saint-Joseph Syrah and adds a little extra texture and richness. This has some muscle to it; so swill this in a decanter and marvel at how it develops over time.
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- Winemaker: Dard & Ribo
Where and How?
This is Syrah planted on the red clay _Les Champs _parcel of Saint-Joseph. The majority is naturally fermented as whole bunches, and macerated very gently, just with occasional The wine is then aged for around 10 months in the 600L old oak barrels typical of the region. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with just a tiny sprinkling 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?