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LVT 2019 r  2019 wh  The busy, up front François Grenier (1981) works from the old Opel garage building in Champagne, and it is furnished with ovoid vats, steel vats, new equipment. His grandparents and parents were agriculteurs, with vines, fruit and vegetables, the grapes sent to the Cave de Saint-Désirat. There was then a gap of 20 years at the end of the 1980s when his father stopped, and the lands were split up or sold, or rented out. François wanted to resume, so from 2001 to 2003 did a bts wine degree at Davayé in the Mâconnais. He gradually assembled the land together, and sent his harvest to the Cave from 2003 to 2014, when he branched out on his own, his first vintage 2015.

The 19 ha of Saint-Joseph (18 ha Syrah) come from 71 plots across four communes in the middle, early northern section of the appellation – from south to north Andance, Saint-Etienne-de-Valoux, Saint-Désirat, Champagne. Soils mix granite, gneiss, schists, stones. In all, with the five hectares of vin de pays, François works 90 plots. There is a hankerchief of 0.28 ha of Condrieu at Limony.

There are four St Jo reds; the wine called Domaine comes from all four communes, and is the most easy going of the lot, with natural virtues, 70% vat raised, and respectful of the vintage. There are 40,000 bottles of it, with the potential for another 20.000. The other three are plot selection wines from Saint-Désirat, with increased oak influence; the Chaussonot (33% new oak) comes from a hot vineyard, the Grange Bara from a vineyard with more clay, so the latter (67% new oak) is likely to fare better in hot, dry summers. The Signature is one 400-litre cask of each of them in a super-cuvée raised 24 months. There is quite a lot of oak use on these three reds, which François likes – he likes that, it interests him, he feels it’s important.

The white Saint-Joseph is mainly Roussanne, and well made, while the Condrieu from Limony is very respectable. The range of IGP de l’Ardèche wines – a Roussanne, Viognier and Syrah – is good, and offers value for money. Most of sales are in the region, notably Lyon. The word closier in his title means someone who looks after a garden, is guardian of it.

François Grenier, Closier-Vigneron 5 rue Lamartine 07340 Champagne

Tel: +33(0)6 61 35 08 13



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