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LVT 2019 r 2018 wh Biodynamic since 1997, although not on the label. It is in theory an STGT domaine. Here there is unhurried winemaking, with a good backdrop of mature vineyards, and no young oak. SO2 use is zero or very little. The wines are elegant and carry a well-founded simplicity. They offer the true appeal of Syrah from the Ardèche. The Vin de France Syrah is a VALUE wine, and in 2017 was also w.o.w. The Vin de France called Glou is made from Gamay [the use of the word Gamay hinders sales, so isn't on the label] was also w.o.w. in 2019, good VALUE, too. It is best to decant the reds, and some of the whites, before drinking. The white line-up flirts with oxiadtion, but a well managed one, with freshness on the palate. This deters some of the appellation tasting commissioners who blocked the 2015 as St Jo blanc, and in 2017 it was issued as Vin de France.

In 2017 Jean entered an association with Jacques Maurice [pictured, right], who had been a Co-operateur with the Sarras Co-op, a poorly run entity that “fused” with Saint-Désirat some years ago. Jacques has been organic since 1997, with production of apricots and some pears as well as his vineyards of 1.5 ha of St Jo Syrah, 1.05 ha of white St Jo (2/3 Roussanne, 1/3 Marsanne), 1 ha of Viognier vin de pays and 0.5 ha of Roussanne vin de pays. The first wine from his vineyard on its own was the 2017 St Joseph Halo sur le Baudet, from the site of the same name at 250 metres on the plateau at Sarras: this was a cracking **** w.o.w. wine, all peppy and live, with enough depth for a good roast lamb as well.

Jean Delobre Jacques Maurice 480 route de la Vallée Charbieux 07340 Bogy

Tel: +33(0)475 34 86 37


Countries exported to:1) Japan 2) USA 3) Quebec 4) Switzerland 5) Belgium 2009: 1) Japan 2) USA 3) Quebec 4) Belgium

Percentage Exported: 15%, down from 40%, which had been a rise

British Importers: N/A

USA Importers: Petit Monde Wine Merchants 2915 Martin Luther King Blvd Portland OR 97212 +1503 437 2079 www.petitmondewine.com sold by Polaner Selections 19 North Moger Avenue Mount Kisco NY 10549 +1914 244 0404 www.polanerselections.com info@polanerselections.com has been Domaine Select Wine & Spirit 105 Madison Ave 13 Floor New York NY 10016 +1212 279 0799 for NY/NJ/CN, CA www.domaineselect.com