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LVT  2018  r  2018 wh  Saint-Joseph red since 2013, with white Saint-Joseph from 2014. Also IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes. His grandfather André Darnaud cultivated vines and apricot and cherry trees. Jean-François started with 3.5 hectares, some of them in St Jo and vin de pays from his grandfather’s land. Jean-François has worked full-time at the Domaine Durand, mainly in the cellar, with vineyard work in the summer. He stopped that in 2016 to devote his energies to his own domaine. The wines were initially vinified chez the Durand brothers at Châteaubourg. A new cellar in Ozon was a good step forward in 2018. Some crop has been sold to François Villard to help cash flow.

Quality is sound to good, with the promise of more to come. Cool fruit and easy drinkability feature here. The introduction of a Saint-Epine red [only 1,000 bottles] from that illustrious site at St Jean de Muzols was a great success in 2018, with a ****(*) wine of pointilliste detail and top purity. Jean-François is the only Saint-Joseph producer at Vion, just north of Tournon. There is an interesting white vin de pays (67% Marsanne and 33% Chasselas).

1760 rte de Bertholand 07370 Ozon

Tel: +33(0)6 88 75 81 45