The granite terroir makes this wine very mineral. Supple but well structured, it is ideal for racking.
A high-flying Saint-Joseph!
- Vintage : La Dame Brune
- Year : 2013
- Appellation : Saint-Joseph
- Colour : Red
- Grape types : 100 % Syrah
- Soil : granite
- Harvest : manual
- Type of viticulture : no chemicals
- Contenance : 75cl
- Appearance : dense and deep
- Nose : mineral
- Mouth : supple and structured
- Serving temperature : 16-18°C
- Cellaring : 10 to 15 years
- Drink from : 2018
- Winemaking process : 2-3 weeks fermentation in vats
- Maturation : 18 months in casks
- Food-matching : tournedos with green pepper sauce
Georges Vernay almost saved the appellation Condrieu (just 8 hectares produced in 1965, 105 nowadays) before taking it to the heights.
Since 1997, his daughter Christine took over winemaking and the wines are now THE unquestioned benchmark in the field.
The Rhône Valley takes its name from the river that winds through the winemaking region over almost 200 km and is made up of two distinct parts: the northern Côtes du Rhône and southern Côtes du Rhône. The grape varieties, winemaking methods, and soil types but also the climates are relatively different. The region is the second biggest producer of AOC wine after the Bordeaux wine region.
The northern Rhône is one of the oldest wine-making regions in France. 65-km long, it stretches from Vienne (in the north) to Valence (in the south). This almost uninterrupted expanse of vineyards covers the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Cornas and Saint-Péray. All these appellations are planted in terraces on steep slopes that run down to the river from the west. As for the vineyards of Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage, they can be found on the east bank.
The climate of the northern Rhône is continental in nature. The summers are hot and very sunny whilst the winters are quite harsh.
The soils are mainly made up of porous granites and shale covered with a fine layer of earth.
Syrah is the only grape variety used for red wines in these northern vineyards, producing dark robed, tannin-rich wines that are generous in body. The majority are excellently suited to ageing. As for the white wines, several grape varieties are grown: viognier, roussanne and marsanne, which are among the rarest and most original whites.
Like most French wines, those of the Rhône Valley bear the name of the place where they come from, but are not subject to a classification system.
The most recent vintages
- 2011: an abundant and heterogeneous harvest producing supple, pleasurable wines.
- 2012: a very good vintage, with palatable wines thanks to their fine freshness and moderate alcohol content.
- 2013: this is another vintage with welcome freshness and lesser alcohol content. These wines are not very tannic and should be enjoyed young whilst still delectable.
- 2014: in the North and in the South, a cool summer and a stormy September have created supple and charming red wines and very drinkable whites thanks to a fine acidity. Limited racking potential.