Domaine Monier-Perréol is a partnership between two producers whose love of the land is immediately apparent in the glass, a quality has earned them this revered designation.Both Jean-Pierre Monier and Philippe Perréol can be described as easy-going, cheerful and grateful a vignerons who, despite their lack of material wealth, abound with intangible affluence. Both winemakers had been selling their fruit to the local co-op. Monier got wise that his fruit was a cut above the rest in 2001 and started making his own wine. In 2008 Perréol joined him and started making wine in Monier’s cellar.As long-time friends with identical philosophies in the vineyard and in the cellar, the partnership was meant to be. With 40 acres a piece, both certified biodynamic, they now make wines labeled as Domaine Monier-Perréol, Domaine Monier and Domaine Perréol depending on the cuvée.In the cellar their primary goal is to maintain freshness. They avoid greenness by managing stem inclusion. They de-stem all their fruit before crushing and then add the stems they deem rip back in. Fermentation is in open-top cement tanks with indigenous yeasts. Sulfur use is minimal to maintain that lively spark in the wine. Simplicity is sometimes the only way to reveal true beauty.
What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...
Grapes are 100% de-stemmedAll reds ferment in temperature-controlled cement cuvesDaily pumpovers and punchdownsWines age for 1 year in tonneaux (except for the Saint Joseph “Les Serves,” which ages in both new barrels and 1-3 year-old barrels)Saint Joseph “Laliefine” is made from the concentrated juice that’s been resting on the lees from each barrel. This cuvée has the most intense contact with the lees of all the wines. The wine is decanted off the lees and is aged for 3 months before bottling
Earthy , Fruity , Spicy