Wonderful, succulent, pretty and detailed. Acid in abundance, with savoury black fruit and tight tannins. Has the presence and fruit intensity to last well. Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson.com, *2018 vintage
Somehow Monier-Perreol has been flying under the radar for Northern Rhône lovers, yet Syrah-addicted sommeliers have been smitten for some time. Perhaps the three different labels under which various wines have appeared has done the public no favors; one can find cuvées bottled by Domaine Monier, Domaine Perréol, and Domaine Monier-Perréol. The collaboration between Jean-Pierre Monier and Philippe Perreol since 2008 has nevertheless resulted in stunningly rich and elegant Syrah that is worthy of your attention. Located in the Northern part of AOC St Joseph, the domaine showcases a higher-toned style with more rounded, compact tannins and this is certainly evident in their elegant 2019s. The fruit is mostly destemmed and aged in old oak with relatively gentle extraction.
The 2019 St Joseph issues from 5 plots of 30-40 year-old vines on principally granitic soils. The wine pours a deep purple, and exuberant violets and cassis liqueur emanate from the glass. There’s a touch of thyme and green peppercorn woven well into the heady fruit. The palate is surprisingly light on its feet with beautifully refreshing tang and tight, chalky tannins. The savor and sweetness in the fruit lingers beyond the dry, taut finish. A benchmark St Joseph, and still affordable!