Domaine Aymeric Paillard Petit Pere Saint Joseph 2017

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Aymeric comes from a long line of Champagne winegrowers and merchants (Bruno Paillard). Aymeric trained his palate and his taste with acid driven wines, but his professional experience is mainly from the South. His taste preference goes towards finesse and bouquet, rather than power and opulence. This is partly why, with his family in 2011, they chose to settle in the Northern Rhône near Tournon. He deliberately chose this region of steep hills knowing the challenges of working the land. Nothing is mechanized, all work is by hand and this noble effort instills his wine with wonderful terroir. The wines are sometimes rustic in their youth and worthy of aging.

VINTAGE 2017: The 2017 season looked like what most climatologists had predicted. The extreme weather and atypical biological phenomena become the norm. The result is a sunny and dry vintage, similar to 2003 or 2015, with warmer nights and therefore more precocity. Spring started with a deficit of water and the rest of the vintage was particularly dry. In the lower part of the slopes, the vines were affected by frost in late April. The subsequent warming of the temperature (with a little humidity) caused massive growth at the time of flowering. This competition contributed to lower yields than average and with some coulure in several areas. But the yields are in line with previous vintages, below 20 hl/ha less than half of the yields authorized by the appellation.

VINIFICATION: The goal is to find balance and freshness and avoid over-ripeness and over-extraction. According to Aymeric, it is in the vineyard that the wine is made. The grapes were harvested by hand, in small boxes of 12.5 kg and 25 kg, with sorting on the plot. They were then vinified in Tournon. Long maceration (whole cluster) took place for 25 days in open wooden and stainless steel vats, with several punchdown (by feet), native yeasts fermentation and addition of SO2 after the malo. The aging was in 2/3 228L barrels (5/6 wines) and 1/3 400 & 600L (5/6 wines). The wines were then bottled without fining or filtration with Masilva corks (Portugal) in November 2019. 8,752 bottles of Le Petite Père produced.

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