Martine & Christian Rouchier 'La Chave', Saint Joseph, France 2019

Martine & Christian Rouchier &

Martine & Christian Rouchier 'La Chave', Saint Joseph, France 2019

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Wine Type
red wine
Grape
syrah
Viticulture
organic biodynamic natural no sulfur added
Country
france
Region
rhone

This tiny 1.5 hectares vineyard is located in Ardèche, in the heart of the Saint-Joseph appellation. Martine and Christian make a two bottling project that it's a lesson in Terroir. In essence, the juice undergoes the same treatment in the winery, however the grapes are sourced from two different vineyard sites with two different soil types. A perfect way to demonstrate how the influence of soil and climate can affect the end result of a wine. 'Chave' is a 1-hectare vineyard planted with vines dating to 1958, with a more western expositionBoth cuvées employ two weeks of whole-cluster fermentation in concrete over indigenous yeasts. The young wine is then aged over for 16-18 months in neutral (5-9 years) oak barrels of 228L . The finished wine is then bottled unfiltered and entirely without SO2. Having these two bottling side-by-side is a fun experience and a great way to show why the same grape can have such a distinct character when grown in different places. The wine is stunning and everything you want from a northern Rhône Syrah, peppery smoke, black olives and perfect balanced acidity. 

Pairing: Braised lamb with poached cherries, Brisket and roasted garlic potatoes 

Grape: Syrah 

Soil: Granite  

Viticulture: Organic, Biodynamic, Natural, no sulfur added 

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