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.

2018 VINTAGE

One more early vintage (harvest started in the last week of August). A very rainy springtime from mid-May to mid-June, with a very heavy mildiou pressure on the St Péray marsannes, mobilized our teams 100% for the phytosanitary protection (organic and biodynamic). A very correct crop in the end, and a high-level vintage in the horizon, despite the uncommon heatwave during the harvesting…

OUR VINE GROWING AND WINEMAKING

• Organic certification for the vines and wine from 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: 39 mg/l total SO2 (100 mg/litre authorised in organic winemaking).
• Production: 3 162 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

2018 Vintage: this estate makes a terrific Saint-Joseph, and the last of the barrels samples, Saint-Joseph Les Côtes 2018, is another winner. With a beautiful perfume of flowery incense, lavendert, spice box, wild strawberries and blueberries, it hits the palate with a medium bodied richness, a plush, rounded texture and ripe sweet tannins that make it already hard to resist. It's going to just sing with 2-3 years of bootle age, and keep for a decade”

Jeb Dunnuck (12/12/2019): 90-92/100

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