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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes “Marsanne”
90% Marsanne, 10% Viognier 6 - 30 years Granite .35 ha
Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes “Viognier”
Viognier 6 - 30 years Granite .3 ha
Saint Joseph Blanc
Marsanne 30 - 35 years Granite, Loess .73 ha
Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes “Syrah”
Syrah 6 - 30 years Granite .7 ha
Saint Joseph Rouge
Syrah 15 - 30 years Granite, Loess 5.47 ha
Saint Joseph “Terre Blanche”
Syrah 33 years Granite 1.11 ha
Saint Joseph “Les Serves”
Syrah 33 years Granite, Loess .55 ha
Saint Joseph “Chatêlet”
Syrah 15 years Granite, Loess .61 ha
Saint Joseph “Laliefine”
Syrah N/A Granite, Loess N/A
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

Starting with the 2008 vintage, Jean-Pierre Monier entered into a working relationship with Philippe Perréol to combine their resources in order to meet the increasing market demand. Perréol works his vines just like Monier. They currently have three labels, depending on vineyard origin and legal reporting requirements: Domaine Monier, Domaine Perréol, and Domaine Monier-Perréol.


Whites:

• Grapes are pressed, then fermented in cement, egg-shaped cuves

• Wines are racked into 1-3 year-old barrels

• Wines age anywhere from 4 months to 1 year, depending on the vintage


Reds:

• All reds ferment in temperature-controlled cement cuves

• Wines age for 1 year in tonneaux (except for the Saint Joseph “Les Serves,” which ages in both new barrels and 1-3 year-old barrels)

• Saint Joseph “Laliefine” is made from the concentrated juice that’s been resting on the lees from each barrel. This cuvée has the most intense contact with the lees of all the wines. The wine is decanted off the lees and is aged for 3 months before bottling

MISCELLANEA

Monsieur Monier likes farming. He lives in humble splendor way up in the hills above the Rhône River surrounded by cherry, apricot, and peach orchards, grapevines he farms biodynamically, birdies singing, and bees a-buzzin’. He is living the life of a 19th-century vigneron. Monier told me that he had it figured out: he makes about three dollars an hour in his little winery. “But I’m so happy,” he said.


His is an almost regal Saint Joseph, loaded with character and luscious, juicy Syrah fruit.

Kermit Lynch

General Information

Country
France
Region
Northern Rhône
Appellation(s)
Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes, Saint Joseph
Producer
Jean-Pierre Monier
Founded
2001
Annual Production
2,500 cases
Farming
Organic, Biodynamic

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