Domaine Rouchier Saint Joseph La Chave 2018
Domaine Rouchier is a small family operation of 1.5Ha in the heart of Saint Joseph. Historically Martine Rouchier and her husband Christian had sold grapes to a larger local negociant, but in 2010 started making their own wine. Conversion to organics was a must and was achieved by 2013, by 2015 they were practicing completely organic and biodynamically throughout both the vineyards and cellar.
La Chave is from a 1Ha lieu-dit planted in 1958, on granitic gneiss soils. 100% Syrah this sees two weeks of 100% whole bunch fermentation in concrete, with wild yeasts. It is then aged for 16-18 months in older barrique. Bottled and made entirely without Sulphur.
"A powerful and yet succulent wine, refreshing almost but for that concentration and intensity of fruit character. Very dark plum, brined black olive, anise, black pepper, sweet wood smoke and pulverised granite scents and flavours. Firm in the palate, luxuriously long and gently palate staining. Intensity is a thing here. And yet the wine feels refreshing, almost. Compact too. Very elegant, with great presence in the glass. Pretty darn magnificent." 96 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
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