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Origin : Northern Rhône Valley, AOC Saint-Joseph
The mature, 45 year old vines used to produce “La Dame Brune” are planted on granite hillsides in the Saint Joseph appellation. Their maturity gives the wine an exemplary level of minerality. In its youth it has smoothness and a remarkable structure. However it is a wine well suited to aging for several years.
“La Dame Brune” ‘The Dark Lady’ takes her name in reference to the estates owner and wine maker, Christine Vernay who created this cuvée upon her arrival at the helm of the estate.
Viticulture : Organic
Harvest : Manually harvested at maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases
Vinification: The grapes are partially de-stemmed and then placed into open barrels for fermentation of between 2 to 3 weeks.
Élevage: In oak (30% new) barrels for 18 months.
Vines years average: 45 years old
Vineyards: South facing granite terraces in the parish of Chavannay. The vineyards are situated on steep hillsides rendering the use of machines for their maintenance impossible. They are thus maintained manually without the use of weedkillers, and with all phytosanitary treatments made using organic products.
Annual Production: 1,500 bottles
Bottling: without fining or filtration
Ideal food Pairing: Grilled Lamb
With its delicate flavors, lamb is a great choice for this style of Syrah.
Play with your spice rack to magnify the natural flavors in Syrah of all spice, clove, and mint. (Vegetarian option: brined and grilled eggplant)
Service Temperature: 16-17° C
Vol: 13,5% vol
To drink: between 3 and 15 years
La Dame Brune St Josep (91 points Parker)
From very old vines around the village of Chavanay, and aged two years in barrels (30% new), the 2014 Saint Joseph La Dame Brune shas a deep ruby color as well as a terrific nose of black raspberries, blackberries, hints of barrique and cured meats. It’s a classic, layered, ripe Syrah that has a great finish. It will keep for a decade.
Taking over the estate from her father in 1997, Christine Vernay consistently produces one of the finest lineups of Condrieu in every vintage.
Bottle Size: 0,75l