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Domaine les Alexandrins, Saint-Joseph 2016

Elegant, intense and peppery - textbook Syrah from the Northern Rhone.
Soft & Supple, Full-Bodied Red
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Producer Domaine les Alexandrins
Country France
Region Northern Rhone
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Soft & Supple, Full-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Syrah
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 13.5
Vintage 2016
Extra Info Structured, ripe, peppery
Food Pairing Guide An awesome match for game, beef or lamb.
Terroir Round pebbles of the Les Chassis plains

Domaine les Alexandrins, Saint-Joseph is from one of our favourite wine producing areas. A deep ruby colour with aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, ripe cherry and freshly cracked black pepper. This full-bodied wine is extremely elegant, with beautifully structured tannins and a long and harmonious finish.

The wines come from four hectares of vineyards that are sustainably farmed in Saint-Joseph. The vines are grown on the round pebbles of the Les Chassis plains. The vines are on average 25 years old and are trained on a Goblet trellising system.

2016 has been hailed as a great vintage but it wasn’t without its challenges. The growing season did not get off to a great start. Spring was marked by cloudy and wet weather. Hail storms also posed a threat with some loss of yield yet luckily it was early enough in the season for vines to recover vegetative growth. As a result, flowering and budburst were delayed. The summer months were very hot and dry which halted some ripening but sorely needed rain fell at the beginning of September allowing ripening to continue. Fortunately, good weather then resumed until harvest, which resulted in good quality fruit and moderate alcohol levels.

Domaine Les Alexandrins was founded in 2009 by two friends, viticulturalist: Alexandre Caso and winemaker: Guillaume Sorrel, son of Hermitage producer Marc Sorrel. In 2015, they partnered with Nicolas Jaboulet. As the name suggests, the wines from Domaine Les Alexandrins are made from fruit which comes from their own vineyards. Having recently constructed a new winery in Tain-l’Hermitage in 2019, Domaine Les Alexandrins is now a permanent fixture in the Northern Rhône and producing arguably some of the best wines of the region.

The grapes were destemmed and then fermented in stainless-steel tanks, with two punch downs and pump overs daily of the cap to extract silky tannins. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was then aged in oak barrels for 15 months, all of the barrels used were between one and two years old. Winemaker: Benoît Busseuil
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