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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Saint Joseph Blanc
Les Oliviers
80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne 30 years average Granite Slopes 2 ha
Saint Joseph Rouge
Syrah 30 years average Granite Slopes 7.5 ha
Vin de France “Chasselas”
Chasselas 100 years average N/A .10 ha
Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche “Les Iles Feray”
Syrah 10 years N/A .72 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Vineyards are farmed organically

• All vines are from sélection massale

• Yields are kept very low by pruning, ranging from 30-38 hl/ha

• Grapes are harvested by hand

• Only indigenous yeasts are used


Saint Joseph Blanc Les Oliviers:

Lieu-dit of Les Oliviers regarded as the greatest for producing white grapes in the St-Joseph appellation; vineyard is situated on the terraces above the town of Tournon, just across the river from Tain l’Hermitage

• Whole clusters are pressed gently with a pneumatic press

• Juice settles for 12 hours before being racked into fermentation casks

• Wine ages in barrique and demi-muid on fine lees for 11 months, undergoing a regular stirring of the lees


Saint Joseph Rouge:

• Grapes are partially de-stemmed

• Vinification in large open vats

• Pump-overs or punch-downs occur twice daily for two or three weeks

• After maceration, wine is transferred to foudre and demi-muid

• The wine ages for 14 to 16 months and is racked twice during this time


Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche “Les Iles Feray”:
• Grapes are partially de-stemmed
• Wine is aged for 10 months in old demi-muid
• Wine is bottles before the follow year’s

Vin de France “Chasselas”:
• Whole clusters are pressed gently with a pneumatic press
• Juice settles for 12 hours before being racked into fermentation casks
• Wine ages in barrique and demi-muid on fine lees for 11 months, undergoing a regular stirring of the lees

General Information

Country
France
Region
Northern Rhône
Appellation(s)
Saint Joseph
Producer
Pierre & Jean Gonon
Founded
1956
Annual Production
2,300 - 3,500 cases
Farming
Organic

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