Domaine François Villard "Version" Saint- Péray 2013
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Region : Rhone
Appellation : Saint- Péray
Vintage : 2013
Varietal : 75% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne
Estate : François Villard is known as a Condrieu Master. He has grown his tiny Domaine from 4 to 7 hectares and still produces a minuscule amount of highly sought after bottlings. François was formally a chef. He brings an exceptional palette to the winery where he produces wines with power, and grace that age for years.
The terroir of the Norhthern Rhone is amazing. Fully exposed hillsides that face the east are covered with terraces created by the romans. The soil is made up of gravel and decomposed schist over a bedrock of granite. The climate is warm with cooler nights than in the south.
François Villard's stratefy is to allow for the most optimal ripening possible. His wines as a result are rich and concentrated, with complex aromas of peaches, apricots, honeysuckle and honey. The white wines that he produces, are allowed to develop boytritis and most pass through wood aging for an extended amount of time to prepare them for a very long life in the bottle.
The Saint Péray is from granite and clay soil. The age of the vines are 20 years old. The hillsides are so steep in the Rhone that it must be hand harvested. François and his crew harvest in very small baskets which are then emptied into larger baskets and taken down the hillsides by either tractors or donkeys. This wine is barrel fermented at low temperature with indigenous yeasts. Batonnage once a week for 6 months. The Saint-Péray spends 11 months on the lees without racking in barrels 3 to 5 years of age.
Tasting Notes : This is a lovely expression of Saint-Péray. It has a strong stone fruit bouquet of peaches, and apricots. Some citric notes form in the background. Finally, waxy accents and lanolin notes make an appearance. On the palate, it has descent acidify and a pleasing texture. The finish is very long. Quite impressive showing.