Saint Joseph, Les Oliviers

Saint Joseph, Les Oliviers

“One of the best Northern Rhône whites.” 
John Livingstone-Learmonth

Appellation: Saint Joseph
Varietal: Roussanne (20%), Marsanne (80%)
Vineyards: Les Oliviers, all plantings, old and new, are by sélection massale
Orientation: South east facing exposure
Average age of vines: 30 years
Principal soil type: Mix of sanded granite, red clay and rounded stones

Long before it was sold as Saint Joseph, the wine from this renowned parcel was sold as Vin des Oliviers. From the Coteau des Oliviers which overlooks the Oliviers stream, it enjoys a rarified southern exposure and as such receives an inordinate dose of sunshine and warmth producing whites that are complex, rich and that can age gracefully.

A complex, elegant and seductive nose reveals that this is not an everyday affair. A brilliant yellow hue in its youth deepens with age and depending on the vintage, a range of yellow pit fruit, honey, spice and white flower are the aromatic mainstays. A density on the palate makes this wine a natural companion at the table to colder weather fare. Like a Grand Cru Burgundy, this is a wine which rewards, even demands, long term cellaring in order to realize its full potential. Joli Vin Imports

Saint Joseph Blanc, Les Oliviers fact sheet (PDF)

Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône
Volnay Village

Vin de France, ChasselasFrom a tiny section of 100 + year old vines located within a parcel the brothers acquired from Raymond Trollat in 2005 in the locale of Saint Jean de Muzol.

Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche “Les Iles Feray”While still considered within the Saint Joseph appellation, the brothers choose to bottle this younger vine Syrah separately from their flagship appellation …

Saint Joseph, Les OliviersLong before it was sold as Saint Joseph, the wine from this renowned parcel was sold as Vin des Oliviers. From the Coteau des Oliviers which overlook the Oliviers stream, it enjoys a rarified southern exposure…

Saint Joseph, RougeTaken from parcels surrounding the original Saint Joseph villages of Mauves, Tournon and St. Jean de Muzols. Such a representative blend from these historic vineyards is a rarity in a single cuvée…