Saint Joseph "Poivre et Sol" François Villard's 2016/17
François Villard, St-Michel-sur-Rhône, Condrieu
“The wines have immediate flair and lots of life in them. The winemaking is modern, with new oak a constant feature. Villard has been restraining himself on the cellar techniques in the last two or three vintages, and the wines sit more comfortably in the glass as a result.”
John Livingstone-Learmonth, DrinkRhone.com 2017
François’ empire keeps growing, but he still keeps a tight rein on the operations, whilst being open to sharing his knowledge and passion for his region. The recent winery above St-Michel-sur-Rhône, that seemed so large a few years ago, is now bursting with vats and barrels, but the quality remains. The wines are often seen on the tables of most of the best restaurants around the world.
Made from Syrah vines with an average age of 20 years, then matured in old oak barrels for 18 months to produce a wine which is medium bodied, with a vibrant acidity, fine tannins and an abundance of red berry notes, including fresh raspberries, redcurrants and cranberries. Cracked black pepper spice lingers teasingly on the finish.
Grape: 100% Syrah