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Saint Joseph "Hedonism" 2016, Domaine Lionel Faury, Chavanay, 13% vol, 75cl

Saint Joseph “Hedonism” 2016, Domaine Lionel Faury, Chavanay, 13% vol, 75cl

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£22.26

Based in Chavanay, Lionel Faury makes lovely wines and has definitely moved his 17 hectare family domaine to the top of the first division of Northern Rhône growers.

 

The steeply terraced vineyards are on granite soils and have a south/south east aspect. The grapes (100% Syrah from some of Lionel’s younger vines – 10-35 years old) are hand picked and taken to the winery where they undergo a 15-20 day maceration period in steel followed by fermentation, again in temperature controlled stainless steel, with regular pumping over 2-3 times daily. The wine is then aged for 12 months in wood, a mixture of 2,400 -,3,500 litre foudres, 570 litre demi-muids and 220 litre barriques, 155 of which are new. After pressing the wine is bottled without filtration.

 

The wine is deep, ruby red in appearance with a rich nose full of black fruit (blackcurrant and blackberry) and cherry aromas. The palate is ripe with good fruit flavours and warming spice supported by a firm, yet not obtrusive, tannin structure.