Saint-Joseph appellation expands nearly 50 km length of vineyards on the right bank of the Rhone river, in the departments of the Loire and Ardèche (northern Rhône Valley) in Southern France, whose production of 3,800,000 liters per year, in average and extends on an area of ​​11 square kilometers. This appellation is the second biggest appellation in the Northern Rhône wine area.

Formerly called “Vin de Mauves”, it was very popular with the kings of France in the fourteenth century, and was renamed “Saint Joseph” in the eighteenth century by the Jesuits of Tournon. It was Victor Hugo in the “Misérables” who developed his notoriety in the nineteenth century and eventually allowed him to be recognized in AOC in 1956. Originally, the Saint-Joseph appellation was a wine area for pure Syrah, but since 1979 it has been permitted to cultivate as much as 10% white grapes.

It has a continental climate that differs from its southern neighbor, which has a more Mediterranean climate. Winters are wet and with cold winds that can continue to the Spring.

The light granitic soils of shale and gneiss are planted with Syrah grapes for red, Marsanne and Roussanne for whites. The red Saint Joseph is elegant and fine while developing a certain power. It is characterized by its aromas of cassis and raspberry, then licorice and leather after a few years of care. It is often advisable to keep it for ten years to detect all its flavors. The white Saint-Joseph is composed of scents of acacia, honey and apricot that go perfectly with fish and seafood.

 

A part of important features of Saint-Joseph appellation for red wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Shale and gneiss.
  • Taste: Well balanced.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Cassis and raspberry, then licorice and leather after a few years of care.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 10 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of important features of Saint-Joseph appellation for white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Shale and gneiss.
  • Taste: Fine, supple, harmonious, round.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Scents of acacia, honey and apricot.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 8 to 10° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 11 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Saint-Joseph
Grapes: Syrah for red wines and Marsanne and Roussanne for white wines
Types of Wines: White Wine, Red Wine

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