2016 Domaine Rouchier St Joseph 'La Chave'

2016 Domaine Rouchier St Joseph 'La Chave'

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Rhone Valley Red - Syrah. The ‘Chave’ vineyard was planted in 1958. It has western exposure and predominantly granitic gneiss soils. The grapes spend two weeks as whole clusters in concrete tanks using indigenous yeast. Pigeage and remontage is utilised before going to neutral wood for 16-18 months. The wine is neither fined nor filtered. No sulfur is added throughout the entirety of the vinification process. These wines are the most natural representation of St Joseph. They can show a bit of reduction or be completely pure upon opening. I suggest opening in advance and assessing. A little decant will show the wine in its purest form. Very special wine indeed! Incredibly lifted yet still with utter density and power. The palate is fresh yet vibrantly flavourful. Silky tannins and very sophisticated structure.