Domaine Les Alexandrins St Joseph 2016

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DASJ201611 UCAU
A beautiful red color with purple undertones, this wine develops aromas of black fruit, slightly roasted cocoa, pepper and sweet spices. The mouth is full of freshness, with fine tannins that give it volume and roundness. The finish is long and harmonious, very elegant wine. "Domaine & Maison Les Alexandrins" came into being with the collaboration of two key figures of the Northern Rhone Valley: Nicolas Jaboulet, 6th generation of the famed Jaboulet family in Tain l’Hermitage since 1834 and Guillaume Sorrel, son of Marc Sorrel of Domaine Sorrel in Hermitage. Their goal is to achieve the finest expression of the appellation 4 hectares, weathered granite. "Galets roulés". Vineyards located in the municipality of Tournon-sur-Rhône. Average age of the vines: 25 years. South/south-east exposure.
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  • "Domaine & Maison Les Alexandrins" came into being with the collaboration of two key figures of the Northern Rhone Valley:
  • Nicolas Jaboulet, 6th generation of the famed Jaboulet family in Tain l’Hermitage since 1834 and Guillaume Sorrel, son of Marc Sorrel of Domaine Sorrel in Hermitage
  • Their goal is to achieve the finest expression of the appellation
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    $74.99
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • White Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Pepper
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Poultry
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Mark Faber

    93
    "Pepper, blue fruits, pretty violets, graphite, couldn't be more different from their Crozes. Very polished and pretty with a brooding intensity. Very fresh linear acidity, fine boned tannins, very intense and so much complexity. Very good now, but will be unbelievable in 5 years."
  • Huon Hooke

    92
    "Deep red colour with a strong purple tint. The bouquet is shy and presents a mix of ripe spice aromas, backed with hints of star anise, nutmeg and apricot conserve. The wine is rounded in structure, medium to full-bodied and savoury, with abundant soft, fine-grained tannins and a long aftertaste. A neat contrast to the same maker's Crozes-Hermitage."
  • Alistair Cooper MW

    90
    "Intense polished and sleek nose with leather and some underlying spice. Dense, compact palate with leather with a real intensity to the fruit. Classic and well managed, with a tightness to the fruit just at the moment that will give over the next year or so."
  • The Wine Advocate

    90
    "Sourced from the hillsides around Tournon, the 2016 Saint Joseph Domaine les Alexandrins features attractive notions of violets, mocha and loam. Full-bodied and supple, the flavors of cola and dark-skinned plum remain bright and vibrant on the finish. It should drink well for 6-7 years."

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Rhone Valley

The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.

In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.

Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.

Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph is an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region of France. It received its AOC status in June 1956. The area sits on the right bank of the Rhône river, on the 45th parallel, and covers 1,300 hectares. The vineyards here are planted on steep hillside terraces. Saint-Joseph’s climate is semicontinental – a combination of Mediterranean and continental – and harvests here are comparatively late. The appellation is known for its powerful and elegant red wines – primarily made from Syrah – as well as whites made from Roussanne, Marsanne, or both. (According to the history books, the Emperor Charlemagne greatly enjoyed these wines.)

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About the brand Domaine les Alexandrins

"Domaine & Maison Les Alexandrins" came into being with the collaboration of three figures of the Northern Rhone Valley: Nicolas Jaboulet, 6th generation of a winegrowing family in Tain l’Hermitage since 1834, Guillaume Sorrel, son of Marc Sorrel of Domaine Sorrel in Hermitage, and Alexandre Caso, specialist in the terroirs of the Northern Rhone. They came together in 2012 when Nicolas Jaboulet (head of Maison Nicolas Perrin founded in 2007) and Guillaume Sorrel along with Alexandre Caso (who together founded Domaine Les Alexandrins in Mercurol in 2009) began working parcel by parcel in Crozes-Hermitage for the wines of Maison Nicolas Perrin. Their shared knowledge of the terroir, of the wines that have marked the history of the Northern Rhone Valley, and their appreciation of the great wines of their region quickly inspired them to go even further together. For these three men, imbued with the savoir-faire of their parents and grandparents, the estate should produce wine in the noblest tradition of the Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph appellations, from vines planted on historic terroirs. The estate is limited in its appellations (Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph), limited in volume, and worked parcel by parcel. Work in the vineyard follows the ancestral traditions of the winegrowers of the region. This is the case for the more than 70-year-old Syrah vines of Crozes-Hermitage and also for the almost forgotten, 90-year-old vines in Tournon, for the Saint-Joseph wines. And every year, whether vinifying in whole clusters or otherwise, Domaine Les Alexandrins gives priority to skills which today have sometimes fallen into oblivion in the Northern Rhone Valley.

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