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Domaine Bernard Gripa - Saint-Joseph "Le Berceau" Red 2016

Domaine Bernard Gripa - Saint-Joseph "Le Berceau" Red 2016

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The Saint Joseph Berceau red is a very complex, full-bodied Syrah.

Domaine Gripa has named their top Saint Joseph cuvée “Berceau”. It is a selection of their oldest vines from the appellation. There is only one hectare of vines that produce this label. Exclusively planted on terraces, these challenging vineyards can only be maintained by hand. The granite soils of Saint Joseph provide great freshness to the wines, despite their low acidity.

The powerful nose is showing black pepper, blackberries and subtle violet flavours. The taste is full-bodied and dense, with silky and firm tannins. It could be paired with lamb, beef and spicy dishes as well as a great array of strong cheeses.

It could be cellared for more than 15 years or enjoyed in its youth by decanting for at least an hour before serving. 100% Syrah (Shiraz).

"The Saint Joseph “Berceau” red from Domaine Gripa is a very complex, full-bodied Syrah or Shiraz as we say in Australia, with a beautiful elegance to it. It is certainly one of the top Saint Joseph reds that I have ever tasted."

The vineyards in Saint Joseph – like most in the northern Rhône Valley – are planted on terraces. It means there is no use of machines, with all work done by hand. Gripa’s team are vigilant in their care. The old vines of Syrah do not produce many grapes per vine and therefore have a high concentration and complexity. The vinification is traditional and the wines undergo their maturation in 228 litre French oak barrels.

What we say

"The Saint Joseph “Berceau” red from Domaine Gripa is a very complex, full-bodied Syrah or Shiraz as we say in Australia, with a beautiful elegance to it. It is certainly one of the top Saint Joseph reds that I have ever tasted."

Technical notes

The vineyards in Saint Joseph – like most in the northern Rhône Valley – are planted on terraces. It means there is no use of machines, with all work done by hand. Gripa’s team are vigilant in their care. The old vines of Syrah do not produce many grapes per vine and therefore have a high concentration and complexity. The vinification is traditional and the wines undergo their maturation in 228 litre French oak barrels.