LVT 2017 r 2017 wh I first met Louis Geniest (1909-1990) in the mid-1970s, then the domaine disappeared off my radar, with much of the wine sold in bulk. His son Jean was a lawyer until his death in December 2008, and the domaine is now run with passion and commitment by his widow Monique, a lady in her eighties, with a cellar chief called Matthieu Faurie-Grépan present since 2011.
The remarkable thing about this estate is that their 30 hectares, average age 40 years, are all in one extended plot in the south-east of the appellation, on the sites called Crousroute and La Lionne, the latter close to a branch of the main Rhône River. That is a very large single vineyard, more usually found with the big Château properties. There are three red wines, and, since 2013, one white. About 30% is sold in bulk, down from 50% in 2011.
The style is for perfumed wines, with a gentle take that is found in the southern sector. They unfurl gradually, and after eight years or more, the bouquets become varied and interesting. Both the 2015 and 2016 have been very successful. The 2015 Mas Saint-Louis red (Tradition) was a ****(*) STGT wine, while La Grande Réserve red was ****(*) wine in 2015 and ***** wine in 2016. There are still old vintages available going back to the **** 2004. The Arpents de Contrebandiers red was a most harmonious wine, like a feather in the wind, in 2014. This is a style that will slowly regain favour as the promoters of BIG wines at Châteauneuf lose influence. The 2016 white was an exciting, vivid ****(*) wine.
Vignobles Louis Geniest, Monique Geniest, Matthieu Faurie-Grépan BP 09 28 Avenue Baron Le Roy 84231 Châteaeuneuf-du-Pape Cedex
Tel: +33(0)490 70 80 29
Countries exported to:1 Belgium 2 Switzerland 3 Japan
Percentage Exported: 5%
British Importers: GB N/R Ireland: Tyrrell & Company Ltd Simon Tyrrell Kilmeague Naas Co Kildare +353 45 970 882 www.tyrrellandcompany.com
USA Importers: N/R