André Perret's passion for vines made this Biology graduate return to this village, where he succeeded his father in 1982. The farmland, then mainly occupied by fruit-trees, was replanted with vine-stocks and extended to 13 hectares.
André is willing to preserve terroir and nature, even if this involves difficulties such as terrace cultivation of the vines on steep hillsides. He is also keen to avoid systematic treatments of his vines; pesticides are only used as and when required. Yields are controlled too, in order to achieve the quality and authenticity requirements that he himself has fixed.
This Saint-Joseph wine, made from 100% syrah displays a deep red colour and ruby glints, has a generous, lifted, black and red fruit aroma. Cherry and raspberry flavours blend to give an excellent taste, the oak plays a background role and the supple tannins are present yet silky.
"Bright, quite full red. Blackberry fruits lie at the heart of the nose, a dusting of mineral and damp earth. The palate skips along, but has attractive depth, a bonny roundness with violet notes late on. This is good and drinkable, has foundation, persists pretty well. It’s attractive. Consume from late 2018 until 2024.
(John Livingston Learmonth, drinkrhone.com, July 2017)