2018 Domaine Perréol Saint-Joseph Rouge "Châtelet", Rhone Valley, France

This single-vineyard Syrah from Saint-Joseph oozes with notes of dark berries, cracked black pepper, crushed red flowers, and herbal undertones. Sip this balanced and textured bottle with smoky meats, carnitas tacos, or lentil-based stews.



• Grapes are 100% de-stemmed
• All reds ferment in temperature-controlled cement cuves
• Daily pumpovers and punchdowns
• Wines age for 1 year in tonneaux


Jean-Pierre Monier is as happy and as grateful a vigneron as one finds. His small production wines certainly have not made him wealthy (far from it), but his effortless calm, natural sensitivity, and quiet conviction give him an enviable air of simplicity. He is the third generation of his family to be farming in Brunieux, a lieu-dit in the hills above the village of St-Désirat in the Northern Rhône appellation of Saint Joseph. Like his forefathers, wine is only part of his farm’s overall production. Apricot orchards complement the vineyards, and everything is farmed biodynamically. Between 1977-2001, Jean-Pierre sold his fruit to the local cave cooperative in St-Désirat, but the noticeable quality his vines were producing was enough to encourage him to bottle wines under his own label. Heavily influenced by the teaching and research of the German biodynamic guru, Maria Thun, Jean-Pierre earned certification in 2006.

With only five hectares of land to farm, all on gentle, higher altitude slopes, one might question the interest in working by such stringent standards. For a joyful artisan like Jean-Pierre, purity and authenticity are paramount, and his viticultural methodology is merely the most genuine manifestation of these ideals.


Grape(s) Syrah
Farming Biodynamic