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LVT 2018 r 2017 wh At last greater consistency is emerging here from one vintage to the next, as the winemaking is handled with a surer touch. There are now seven hectares, with one hectare more rented from neighbour Raymond Trollat, as Mikael is keen to clear scrubland on Ste-Epine and expand in such a marvellous location.

The main vineyard site is right in the heart of the proper Saint-Joseph appellation at St Jean-de-Muzols - the southern zone - and the vineyards' extreme age [early 1900s] and quality bode well. The approach is gentle, traditional, and quality has become more consistent, and higher, since the mid-2010s. Some of the reds are STGT, such as the 2014 and the 2017, although one other bottle of the former was corked, which rather sums things up. The labels for the reds and the whites have until 2018 borne the words Vieilles Vignes; the son Mikael's label is different from his father Michel's, although both are termed "M.Desestret". In 2018 Mikael re-named the Vieilles Vignes ["everyone calls their 20 year vines old vines"] Saint-Joseph l’élegance. In 2017 he spun off the very oldest Syrah - around 1,000 bottles of it - into a wine called Saint-Joseph Côte Sainte-Épine by Mikael Desetret red; this is raised in younger oak (1-year casks) for 24 months, double the time of the l’élegance. The **** 2016 worked well around the vintage's cool tenor, the ***(*) 2017 was more thick.

Mikael, father Michel Desestret 17 chemin Côte Ste-Épine 07300 St-Jean-de-Muzols

Tel: +33(0)475 08 85 35


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