- Domaine du Monteillet
- St Joseph
- 2014 - 2022
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Goedhuis, November 2010
This cuvée is named after the moment when his father first became a grandfather. The 2009 Papy is big and ripe with notes of violet, blueberry and cocoa. Its succulent fruit and balance give it a cheeky sort of charm that makes it wonderfully drinkable. Finishes on notes of vanilla and roasted coffee.
Jancis Robinson, November 2010,
Granite grown and spends two years in demi-muids. Unusually dark purplish. Easy to love – in fact a smell of it is enough to transport me to a Parisian brasserie… Very fresh and dense and well put together. No hint of specious mucking about. Denser than the average St-Joseph but with lots of interest. 10 generations have worked this land, and this cuvée was born in 1989 when Stéphane'sfather became a Papy. Super clean. You could start this next year but it's denser than in mostvintages.
Domaine du Monteillet
The dynamic and young Stéphane Montez marks the 10th generation of vignerons in the Montez family. Rising out of stony and rugged, brush covered hills, his family domaine is a pocket of Mediterranean bliss tucked away above the village of Chavanay with superbly steep, rocky vineyards overlooking some of the most spectacular vistas in the valley. From these sheer slopes, Stéphane produces his renowned St. Josephs, perfumed Condrieu and exceptional Côte Rôties from vineyards comprised of decomposed granite soils. He believes, like many people in the new order of Rhône winemaking, in the reductive style of vinification in order to naturally extract and preserve all the fresh aromatics from his grapes. Oak ageing depends on the concentration of the wine and the grape. With his masterful technique, he ensures that it never dominates but adds warmth and texture to his handcrafted wines.
St Joseph is the longest appellation in the Rhone, extending along the western banks of the Rhône river from St. Péray to Condrieu. It produces both red wine from Syrah and white wine from Marsanne and/or Roussanne which tends to be early drinking and can be traditional or modern styled depending on the producer. Created in 1956, St Joseph is a young appellation which has seen extensive expansion of its vineyard area over the last 25 years. As a result, many producers feel that there is great potential in the quality of its terroir which has yet to be discovered. Due to its lesser known status, St Joseph wines often provide excellent value for money.