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Saint-Joseph Blanc

Guigal believes, as do a number of top producers working in the area, that Saint-Joseph will be one of the great stories in the next few decades, reaching the renown it received several hundred years ago.  Saint-Joseph Blanc is a serious wine, with weight and complexity, and is deeply reflective of its vineyard sites.  The 30 mile long district of Saint Joseph, along the Western bank of the Rhône, extends from the southern part of Condrieu, through and around the town of Tournon, to the northern boundary of Cornas. It comprises nearly 2,500 acres, planted about 90% to Syrah and 10% to Marsanne and Roussanne. Guigal only works in the southern area of Saint-Joseph, on intensely steep hillside sites.  In this area, around Tournon, the true heart and origin of the appellation, more white grapes are grown. 
This Saint Joseph Blanc is comprised of fruit from the exceptional vineyards of Domaine J. L. Grippat (purchased in 2000) and de Vallouit (purchased in 2001), as well as fruit purchased from growers working with vineyards that share the same hillside and quality profiles.  Vines average in age from 20 to 50 years, and are planted on limestone and sandy granite soils.  In sum the wine is composed of 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne.  
Fermentation is in stainless steel, with a slow pressing allowing the wine to stay on its skins.  The entire wine goes through malolactic fermentation, and is then aged in a combination stainless steel (50%) and barrel (25% new, 25% 1 use, all coopered by Guigal at Chateau d'Ampuis).
 
   
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