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

100% Syrah (inc 1973) on limestone above granite soils on Châtelet at Saint-Désirat & Andance. The bouquet gives a brewed, stewed fruits aroma, is rather dense, earthy. The palate is immediately rich, bears savory, crushed black cherry , soaked black cherries. The tannins are munchy, fit in neatly, carry a hint of violet.


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.


Grape(s) Syrah
Farming Biodynamic