Saint Peray Les Sauvageres Blanc 2016 13%
100% Marsanne Grape Variety
The whole Saint Peray appellation lies to the south of Cornas in the northern Rhone valley and amounts in total to 200 hectares. These wines are rarely found outside France and I have been lucky enough to secure a small exclusive allocation of this fabulous little-known rather unique white wine for the UK, mainly because my family have been buying wines from Jaboulet for about a hundred years. The company was established by Antoine Jaboulet in Tain l’Hermitage in 1834 and has recently been taken over by the Frey family.
Les Sauvageres is named after the Marsanne grape variety, thus named because it takes root in its wild (sauvage) state in very steep limestone soil. This makes it the exception on the right bank of the Northern Rhone. An ideal place for pure and elegant wines. Created from 100% Marsanne grapes from 20 years old vines yielding a mere 40 hectolitres per hectare. Matured in 1/3 French oak barrels, 1/3 concrete egg shaped tanks and 1/3 stainless steel tanks.
Brilliant colour, the nose reveals fruity citrus white flowers and honey notes. The palate offers cobnut, lime, quince and gentle floral tones associated with this grape variety. Most of all, it delivers a sublimely balanced, elegant, fresh, silky palate that lingers on the finish.
“This is a rare treasure indeed!” Clive Barlow MW
More on this wine:
|Grape Variety (ies)||Marsanne
|Food Accompaniment||Scrambled Eggs with Avocado