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Pierre Gonon, St Joseph, 2017

Violets, Blackberry, Tapenade

Farming

Organic

Producer

Pierre Gonon

Grape

Syrah

Wine Type

Red

Country

France

Region

St Joseph AOC, Rhone

Vintage

2017

Alcohol

13.5%

Size

75cl

Pierre Gonon was a mainstay at Mauves for many years, making quietly understated wines. He was joined by his two sons Jean in 1986 and Pierre in 1988, with the brothers sharing most tasks. Their father had to retire early due to ill health in 1989, and since then the brothers have worked with a passion to raise this domaine to the point where it is now generally considered as the leading domaine in Saint-Joseph.The brothers initially made wines from two cramped cellars, but in 2002 they finished construction of a new winemaking cave, still linked to one of the two ancient, atmospheric cellars. The domaine's vines are planted in the original heart of the Saint-Joseph appellation, the granitic terraced hillsides of Mauves and Tournon. Yields are in the low 30hh on average, and after picking the grapes are destalked on average 85%, transferred by conveyor belt directly into ancient wooden vats, punched down by foot by Jean and Pierre twice a day during a two/three weeks fermentation, with one remontage a day during the cuvaison. They are then aged for 12 months minimum in new to 15yo 600ltr demi-muids, assembled in cuve for 5 months before bottling unfined and unfiltered at the end of February with a low total sulphur level of around 40mg/l.

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