Holy Saint-Joseph!

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I have been a little late coming to the party with regard to Northern Rhône wines. Back in June at a wine dinner in London at Berry Bros and Rudd, I had my epiphany about the beautiful Syrahs that hail from this region.

The other night at Fish, La Boissonerie, one of my favorite and most fun restaurants in Paris, I enjoyed a really interesting 2010 Syrah from Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne in the Saint-Joseph appellation of the northern Rhône. For a young (2010) and reasonably priced wine (about $30 per bottle if it were available in the US), it was superb. The cherry aroma was captivating, and it was very balanced.

Unfortunately, the restaurant’s sister wine store, La Derniere Goutte, is sold out except for a magnum, which would not be an easy thing to pack in the suitcase for the trip home! I hope to enjoy another glass or two while I am here.

The following tasting notes and photos are courtesy of From Vineyards Direct in the UK…

Stunning 100% Syrah produced from very old vines (60-100 years old) grown on steep granite slopes in Mauve, the very heartland of St-Joseph. The vineyards in this region are east facing so they get less sun than most other regions in the Northern Rhône. As a result the wines are among the best Syrahs in the Rhône to drink young. This is no exception-delicious cherry fruit flavours, a hint of smoke and great underlying acidity. This is a wine to follow. Drink 2013-2020. – See more at: http://www.fromvineyardsdirect.com

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And when in Paris, enjoy a fun evening with great food at:

Fish, La Boissonerie

69, rue de Seine

75006, Paris

Open daily, not a common thing in Paris!

Until il next time…

à votre santé!

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