Fabrice Gripa’s Saint-Joseph white is typically a little richer than his Saint-Péray (where there is more limestone in the soil) with a good bright gold colour. This offers a complex nose of citrus fruit, beeswax, it’s powerful yet elegant with saline notes, hazelnut and spice, a touch of marsanne bitterness on the finish completes the experience.
Produced from 30yo vines on hillside terraces between Mauves and Tournon.
The élevage is spot on (almost entirely in 600ltr demi-muids of which just 8% are new), and Fabrice has once again produced a wine with perfect balance – far from easy to achieve with whites from the northern Rhône these days. For drinking now to 2029.