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  • 89. St-Joseph Rouge AC 2016 Luc

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    Christian & Martine Rouchier

    100% Syrah (12.5% alc.)

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    This comes from just half a hectare of vines planted in 1972 at around 250m altitude on the hills above St Jean de Muzols, in a soil comprising clay over schist. Made from whole bunches and with just 12% alcohol and no sulphur added at any stage (although there is 26mg/l of total sulphur that was produced naturally from the fermentation), the wine has a most attractive black forest fruit, it is silky, clean and pure on the palate, with an amazing energy and freshness. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 90. St-Joseph Rouge AC 2016 Chave

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    Christian & Martine Rouchier

    100% Syrah (12.5% alc.)

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    Christian and Martine’s top cuvée comes from one hectare of vines planted in 1958 straight onto gneiss in the lieu-dit of Chave. The juice is naturally a little denser with a firmer texture than the Luc above, and the wine will need a few years bottle age. Similarly made from whole bunches and aged in old barrels with no added sulphur at any stage, the wine offers tightly knit wild blackberries, hint of black pepper, mineral cut with real lift on the very long finish. For drinking now to 2024.