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St. Joseph Blanc Les Oliviers 2019


A Wine That

feels like sitting at a Ludovico Einaudi concert... moving, goosebump-inducing, classical in the best possible way. From this part of the world, white wines have an incredible capacity to express both floral aromatics and minerality — here, think honeysuckle, white pear flesh, and with a delightful crunchy, saline edge.

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  • Winemaker: Pierre Gonon
St. Joseph Blanc Les Oliviers - 2019
















Where and How?

This comes from 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne planted in St-Joseph, in the Northern Rhône, and tended lovingly by Jean and Pierre Gonon.
Les Oliviers is a parcel planted on ancient Rhône alluvium and loess on granitic bedrock. The whole bunches are pressed directly, and the wine ferments naturally. A year after harvest, the wine is moved into stainless steel for three months' further ageing.

The Winemaker: Pierre Gonon

Domaine Pierre Gonon, now run by sons Jean & Pierre Gonon, is one of the original game-changers of the Northern Rhône wine landscape. They were the second domaine of St-Joseph to bottle their own wines (as opposed to sell grapes to négociants or cooperatives), and ditched chemicals in the 90s in favour of horse ploughing and organics. These bottles are like finding needles in a haystack. Along with a small handful of independent, organic growers in the Northern Rhône, they are committed to the diversity of Syrah; and to its history; and that means one thing in particular: massal selection.
Syrah has been one of the varieties hit hardest by global warming in recent years, but through the dedication of growers such as Jean and Pierre, the future is as bright as it’s ever been for this variety. And it’s not just through massal selection that they’re seeing it thrive, it’s also thanks to an ancestral training technique, which also happens to be one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen.


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