Chante Perdrix Saint-Joseph Empreinte 2012

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    Dark, ripe and loaded with pepper, spice and blueberry fruit, this wine will stand up to its more illustrious neighbors regardless of their price.
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    The Verzier family has been farming the slopes of the northern Rhone Valley since 1828. When Philippe Verzier was only 19 years old, he was called back from school to take over the domaine after his father’s heart attack. The youngest of seven children, Philippe bravely rose to the occasion. He started by bottling his own wines, rather than selling the entire harvest to the local cooperative as his father had done. But like his father, he continued to farm multiple crops to diversify the plantings and create the perfect equilibrium between the orchards and vineyards, so that neither became a magnet for a disastrous pest or disease. Although the vineyards have been farmed organically since the mid-1960s, it wasn’t until 2010 that Philippe and his wife, Isabelle, sought certification. The wines of Chante-Perdrix have been special from the start, thanks to the excellent vineyard sites of older vines that Philippe inherited from his father. He and Isabelle have added to the holdings and now work 10 hectares, scattered among the famous terraces of Saint Joseph, Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie, and the Collines Rhodaniennes. Coplanted to Syrah, Viognier, Roussane, and Marsanne, the vineyards are situated at an altitude between 200 and 330 meters above sea level on a variety of soils from sandy and gravelly to granitic. The yields are low at an average of 35 hl/ha, which is achieved through de-budding and green harvesting. The whites are fermented in equal parts in stainless steel vats and oak barrels. The reds age from 12 to 14 months in oak barrels and demi-muids. The finished wines balance power with grace, and the Cave de Chante-Perdrix is now a new force to contend with in the northern Rhône.
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    Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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    Saint-Joseph Wine

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    Spanning the longest stretch of river in the northern Rhône—from Condrieu in the north, to Cornas in the south—the heart of St.-Joseph lies directly across the Rhône River from Hermitage. While its soils are basically the same as Hermitage: granite, supplemented by sand and gravel, its east facing slope receives less sunlight than Hermitage, which causes less overall berry ripening on its Syrah vines. However, some of the best of them can rival any fine expression of Hermitage, Cote-Rotie or Cornas with concentrated black fruits, dark spices, crushed rock and violets. A general advantage of the region is that its Syrahs typically don’t need as much time in the bottle compared to a Cote-Rotie or Hermitage and are much easier on the bank account!

    A textbook St.-Joseph red is firm with a core of minerality that is enhanced by savory and peppery qualities. Aromas and flavors of smoke, olives, herbs, and violets are common; its wines are dense in red and black fruit.

    St.-Joseph is also a source of fine northern Rhône white wine. Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne grow well here and can be blended or made into single varietal wines. St.-Joseph whites are full and silky with citrus, pear and pineapple flavors and a rich bouquet reminiscent of honeysuckle, toasted nuts, spice and caramel.

    BEA10412_2012 Item# 152415

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