2017 Domaine Rouchier St Jospeh 'Luc'

2017 Domaine Rouchier St Jospeh 'Luc'

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Rhone Valley Red - Syrah. The 'Luc’ vineyard was planted in 1972 on the hills above St Jean de Muzols. The vineyard has a west facing aspect, an elevation of 250 metres, and soils consisting of clay and schist. 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! Fuller, fleshier and richer. Highly perfumed and aromatic with magnificent spice violets and plums. The palate is very structured, delish, long and powerful all the while with beautiful balance and sweetness.