Christophe Pichon, Saint-Joseph 2015

Rhône

75cl bottle: £19.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £239.40

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Saint-Joseph is an excellent source of Rhône Syrah for those looking for something relatively forward drinking and bit fresher than the other Northern Rhône reds. Christophe Pichon’s is hand harvested from 35 year old vines and aged for 9 months in French oak. It has a wonderful freshness balancing the intense purple fruits, violets and spice, and will make for superb drinking.

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Wine Data

Grape variety: Syrah
Appellation: Saint-Joseph
Alcohol: 14%

About

Christophe Pichon makes wine from a total of 18 hectares. The vineyards are spread over the appellations of Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie, Cornas and Saint-Joseph. For more than 25 years now, Christophe has endeavoured to create fine, elegant wines, reflecting prestigious terroirs. Today, the estate covers 5 hectares of Condrieu, 4 hectares of red Saint-Joseph, 2 hectares of white Saint-Joseph, 3.9 hectares of Côte-Rôtie, 0.5 hectares of Cornas, 1 hectare of white Vin de Pays Collines Rhodaniennes and 0.5 hectares of red Vin de Pays in Seyssuel. The Saint-Joseph appellation covers 1,200 hectares and is situated on the right bank of the River Rhône. The soils are homogeneous, mainly granite rock and they are rarely calcareous. The hillsides are steep and the vineyards are planted on terraces. The red wines are made entirely with the Syrah grape variety. The white wines (20%) are made with Marsanne and Roussane grape varieties.

fromvineyardsdirect

"The 2014 Saint-Joseph is a medium-bodied, lightly textured and pretty effort that offers forward notes of strawberries, currants, licorice and crushed herbs. Completely destemmed and aged 12 months in one- to three-year-old barrels, it doesn’t have much depth, but is delicious and ideal for near term drinking." - Jeb Dunnuck, RobertParker.com