2017 Francois Merlin St Joseph

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2017 Francois Merlin St Joseph

Although François Merlin is best-known for his Condrieu, we have fallen more for this village Saint-Joseph. You'll find peppery Syrah fruit aromas yet nothing overtly modern stylistically.

from Chavanay - 57% from La Voturerie (1 ha 1968 Syrah, very sandy), 29% from La Voturerie, Chanson (0.5 ha 1997 Syrah, sand, limestone), 14% from 0.25 hectare on granite soils at 400 metres on Richagnieux at Pélussin (due to be declassified from St Joseph in 2022 due to exceeding the 350 metre altitude), usually destemmed, 3-4 day cool maceration at 12-15°, 3 week vinification, a little cap punching during 1st 10 days, pumping overs, aged new to 4-year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks (new 20%, 70% 228-litre, 30% 600-litre) 12 months – until 2004 was 1-4 year oak 12 months – unfined, filtered, 6,000-8,700 b

1) (the younger Syrah, 4 year 228-litre cask) *** bright dark robe, a lot of purple. Reduction hovers above an aroma of soaked black cherries, cool instincts within, the fruit ripe. The palate is rich, rolling, up front, has no hidden corners, is a right obvious wine, gives succulence after half way. This is very sunshine wine, ripe in style – some people will adore this. Decant it. From mid-2019. To 2026