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Ending the summer with Marsanne, Saint-Joseph


It was a long summer in Maryland this year.  The weather is still hot and humid so despite the start of school, I find it hard to transition out of a vacation mindset.  But I must as I have drunk a number of interesting wines including the 2016 Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne, Saint-Joseph.  The wines of Saint-Joseph remain my go-to choice for the Northern Rhone given their affordability.  Prices are ticking up with the cult Gonon now reaching over $100 per bottle.  From the same village of Mauves, the Marsanne family have been cultivating vines for generations.  This is the first vintage of Marsanne that I have drunk and I know it will not be the last.  It is a dense, savory wine which has a good amount of stuffing but maintains a floral edge for delicacy.  With a few hours of air it drinks very well but I imagine it will unfurl over the next few years.  Take note!  You may find it at MacArthur Beverages.

2016 Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne, Saint-Joseph – $37
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 39 year old vines on granitic soil.  It was fermented in stainless steel vats then aged for 12 months in oak barrels.   Alcohol 13.5%.  Dense and savory with a floral edge to the black, almost bitter, fruit.  There is good presence in this clean, quite weighty wine, which has a bit of structure evident in the aftertaste.  With air the wine becomes sweeter and riper, showing a little fat for luxury, all balanced by supportive acidity.  A touch of cinnamon even pops up.  **** Now – 2028.

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