Domaine de I'lserand Saint Joseph Les Sabots de Coppi 2017

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Tags: France, French red, Natural, Northern Rhone, Organic Wine, Red Wine, Rhone, Saint Joseph, Syrah

Tiny producer in Saint Joseph who started in 2011 with vines from his grandfather. Owner Jean-François Malsert used to own a small wine bar in Tournon, specializing in top producers in the region. Vineyards are all farmed organically, with natural vinification in the cellar: indigenous yeasts, neutral wood or amphora for aging, little or no SO2 in elevage (just at bottling)

Vinified in stainless steel for 18 days with 90% whole cluster. Light punching down then one gentle pumping over per day. Aged 9 months in old demi-muids then 9 months in amphora. The cuvee name means Coppi's hooves. Coppi was the name of the mule owned by Jean-Francois’ grandfather, who named him Coppi after the famous Italian cyclist.

Opaque magenta. Mineral-tinged dark fruit, cherry, peony and smoked meat scents are complemented by an exotic spice nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Offers appealingly sweet, spice-kissed blueberry, black raspberry and cherry. Salty olive flavors show excellent clarity and lift thanks to zesty mineral and black pepper flourishes. Shows impressive depth but comes off lithe and finishes on a gently tannic note, with strong, mineral-driven persistence. (all whole clusters; fermented in neutral demi-muids and amphoras and raised in used demi-muids) - 93 Vinous


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