Rich, textured and with that nutty, oxidative character, here's another side to this often spectacular part of the Rhône. Find out more.
Broad-shouldered Saint Joseph rouge from parcels on an east-facing slope at 330m, over lots of granitic gravel. Plantings from the early 1980's and massal selection vines from 2006-2008. 12 months ageing in big old Bordeaux barrels and just 10mg/l sulphur at bottling. Blackcurrant, black olive and acidity with great length.
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.