Christian Rouchier St Joseph 'Luc'

Christian Rouchier St Joseph 'Luc'


Country: France

Region: Saint Joseph, Northern Rhone

Grapes: Syrah

Vintage: 2017

Christian & Martine Rouchier run a tiny 2.5ha estate working with old vines planted in a mix of gneiss and clay over schist, high up on the hills above Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, a cooler area with vineyards facing west. They use whole bunches for the fermentation, old barrels and demi-muids (8 to 20yo), a manual basket press, and after an initial trial using no sulphur in 2014, and a larger trial in 2015, they decided their wines were stable and strong enough not to need any from 2016.

From a small patch of vines planted in 1971, the wine has a most attractive slightly medicinal quality, with fresh black forest fruit and amazing energy and freshness. Great structure and lovely tannins here too.