La Ferme des Sept Lunes
'Premier Quartier' Saint Joseph 2021

  • Region St. Joseph, Northern Rhône, France
  • Grapes Syrah
  • Vineyard Organic & Biodynamic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites
  • ABV 12.50%
  • Size 750ml


About the Wine

Beautiful Saint Joseph rouge from parcels on an east-facing slope on the plateau beside Jean’s house. The parcel is perched in one of the highest areas in Saint Joseph.  2021 is considerably fresher than previous vintages in recent memory, and is filled with notes of crushed blackberries and blackcurrants alongside a lick of black olive saltiness. Focused and pure, with a fresh acidity and beautiful length.

Made with Syrah grown over deep granite, 330m above the valley floor. The grapes are hand harvested and destemmed and undergo a 20-day maceration with a little remontage at the beginning and end of fermentation. After pressing, aging takes place big old Bordeaux barrels for 12 months. 2021 sees just a pinch of SO2 (15mg/l) added in during fermentation.

About La Ferme des Sept Lunes

We first stumbled (definitely the correct word) upon the wines of La Ferme des Sept Lunes during a particularly rigorous session at Le Cercle Rouge in Angers back when Wayward was just starting up. Whilst many things were forgotten about that night, these wines most certainly were not.

The domaine is a 10-hectare farm perched in one of the highest areas of Saint 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. In a predominantly classical region, Sept Lunes wines number some of the most expressive.