Oh Saint-Jo... we first stumbled (definitely the correct word) upon the wines of La Ferme des Sept Lune during a particularly rigorous session at Le Cercle Rouge in Angers, and whilst many things escaped us that night, these wines most certainly did not. Enough of the capers, though - this is a particularly wonderful example of Northern Rhone white; ample, rounded and leaving no part of the mouth untouched. The fruit veers to the tropical; many layers of salty mango and pineapple, with a lovely waxy quality and plenty of tightly-wound acidity to bind it all together.
Le Ferme des Sept Lunes is a 10-hectare farm perched in one of the highest areas of St Joseph. Visiting involves a tortuous 350m road-climb from the valley floor. The hair-pins are not for the faint-hearted.
The latest of three generations on the same farm, Jean converted to organic and biodynamic agriculture in 1997 and only uses sulphur in his wines when it's absolutely unavoidable. The vineyards in the upper part of St.Joseph have a south-eastern exposure, the altitude bringing freshness to the wines. The climate has been tending to Mediterranean in recent year, with wind coming from the north.