Domaine Pierre Gonon - Saint Joseph

One name in the southern town of Mauves for many years prior to the creation of this appellation is that of Pierre Gonon. Gonon, founder of the domaine that still bears his name, sat on the council drawing the original boundries which delimited the appellation. He planted, by massale selection, many of the vines which today are still bearing the fruit used in the domaine production. Pierre was also far sighted in his commitment to white wine and planted Marsanne in 1958 on the most revered site for white wine in the appellation, Les Oliviers.

Jean & Pierre GononToday, Pierre's two sons, Pierre and Jean Gonon, manage the estate and thanks to their father, the domaine has an impressive selection of older vines. In total, there are 8.5 hectares planted to Syrah and 2 to Marsanne and Roussanne. The soils are fertilized with their own composts and plowed for aeration. Only natural treatments are used in the vineyard, including sulphur to treat odium and plant extracts to treat pests and the domaine is currently in transition toward organic certification although they have been farming organically since 2004. Yield are kept very low by short pruning and green harvesting in July, resulting in yields of 30 hl/ha for the reds and 38 hl/ha for the whites, depending on the vagaries of the vintage. Grapes are harvested by hand (anything else is impossible on these steep slopes) and fermentations are done by naturally occurring yeast in open top wood fermenters and aged in a selection of neutral barrels of varying size.

Although they profit from many old vine parcels surrounding the historic center of this appellation, in the villages of Mauve, Tournon and Saint Jean de Muzol, the Gonon brothers choose to blend these parcels for their flagship bottling in order to create a single Saint Joseph Rouge which unites the unique qualities of each climat, while their Saint Joseph Blanc is an expression of a single historic parcel. Variations from vintage aside, the Gonon brothers craft wines which possess an understated elegance not often found elsewhere in the appellation and have earned a reputation as the Saint Joseph estate.

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…