Alain Voge Rhône Rive Droite

Saint-Joseph

Controlled appellation

Les Côtes

"The Domain Alain Voge has produced Saint-Joseph wines for ten years or so. From the 2015 vintage, our Saint-Joseph takes the name of the locality where it is grown: Les Côtes. This terroir has enormous potential and it is gradually revealing its expression as the vines mature. The average age of the vines in 2017 is 12 years old."

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The entire domain is cultivated using organic and biodynamic viticulture.

TERROIR

A very steep granite slope facing South in the “showcase slopes” of Mauves, to the South of the Saint-Joseph appellation.

2016 VINTAGE

2016 was a standard vintage for our terroirs, with fine weather conditions, but it was a year that forced us to be extremely vigilant to watch out for any attack of fungal disease. Yields were good. An excellent summer followed by a marvellous late summer-early autumn allowed grapes to reach perfect ripeness for a relatively abundant harvest. Everything was well balanced; the wines are marked by elegance, while conveying the typical character of Cornas and Saint-Péray.

OUR VINE GROWING AND WINEMAKING

• Organic certification for the vines and wine in the 2016 vintage and biodynamic methods used.
• Syrah replanted from 1999; vines trained and pruned in the Gobelet style and supported by stakes.
• Hand-picked harvests.
• Majority of the harvest de-stemmed, 10 to 20% whole grape bunches, depending on the vintage.
• Fermentation with natural yeasts and maceration for several weeks in stainless steel vats, with cap-punching and pumping-over done twice a day.
• Maturation in 228-litre barrels for 16 months, with no new barrels.
• Amount of sulphite reduced: 45 mg/l total SO2 (100 mg/litre authorised in organic winemaking).
• Production: 5.085 bottles / 50 magnums / 200 half bottles.
• Ageing potential: 10 years.

THE ATMOSPHERE…

The dish:

Duckling in a pastry crust, with apples, chestnuts and Ardèche honey
“The exquisite butteriness and crispness of the flaky pastry with the chestnuts blends perfectly with the acidulousness of the apples. Exactly the same sensations are found in the wine, with a very delicious blackcurrant fruitiness enhanced by the overall liveliness of Saint-Joseph.”

The chef:

Guillaume Besson, “Le Jeu de Quilles” wine cellar eatery, Lyon 1er.

… COMMENTS

2016 Vintage:

“Tasted out of barrel, the 2016 Saint Joseph Les Côtes is terrific, with lots of currants, violets, and peppery aromas and flavors. Classic injust about every sense, with medium-bodied richness, pure, clean fruit, lots of minerality and a great finish, it has the fruit to drink nicely in its youth, yet should keep for a decade or more given its balance, purity and tannin.”

Jeb Dunnuck (24/01/2018): 91-93/100

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