The appellation of Saint Joseph a small area of land measuring 50 km between Chavanay in the north, to Guilherand Granges in the south. The soil is varied with light gneiss or granite shale. Primarily south south-east facing.
The name Saint Joseph was given to this region by the Jesuits of Tournon in the XVIIIth Century. It was between 1956 and 1969 that all of the vineyards in this area of the Côtes du Rhone were regrouped and given the A.O.P. Saint-Joseph appellation. Currently the appellation covers more than 1200 ha, and produces close to 40,000 hl, with an average return of 36 hl/ha. The Vin Rare comes mainly from vineyards situated on granite terraces. The blend is made from 100% Syrah grapes. The harvest started after the traditional tasting of the grapes which grow in this particularly mild climate. Fermentation took place at low temperature in order to preserve all aromas. A part of the blend was aged in oak barrels for one year.
The color is dark red, almost violet. The nose is dominated by black berries (black currant and blackberries) and shows a hint of violet flavours, with roasted notes. The palate is charming with its creamy and full-bodied aromas and the finish is characterized by its opulence and length. This wine matches perfectly with a roast beef, a duck parmentier, an olive guinea fowl ora good reblochon cheesr.
Serve at 16°C / 17°C. Cellaring for 5 to 7 years
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