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La Ferme Des Septs Lunes Lunatik Lady Land 2015

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REGION:
Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhône, France
GRAPES:
Marsanne & Roussane
VINEYARD:
Organic & Biodynamic
CELLAR:
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites

Lunatik Lady Land comes from steep slopes of silt, clay & granite. It would in ordinary years be bottled under the Saint-Joseph AOC, rather than as a Vin de France. In this excerpt from an interview with their UK importer, winemaker Jean Delobre explains why:

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.

Lunatik Lady Land comes from steep slopes of silt, clay & granite. It would in ordinary years be bottled under the Saint-Joseph AOC, rather than as a Vin de France. In this excerpt from an interview with their UK importer, winemaker Jean Delobre explains why:

"Lunatik Ladyland used to be AOC St Joseph but then it was declassified to Vin de France as it was too oxidised. We chose to declassify the wine as we thought that when people order a classic St Joseph they will expect something entirely different. So it was better to change the name and appellation so we don't mislead our customers. It's a Roussanne Marsanne blend harvested at good maturity and aged one year in barrels, then in stainless steel for another year. We then left it on the side for the wine to stabilise further"

Rich, textured and with that nutty, oxidative character, here's another side to this often spectacular part of the Rhône.