Big Northern Rhône white from Saint-Peray! A nose of citrus, white flower, subtle hints of vanilla leading into a palate of lemon custard, lightly toasted almond, and honey. Balanced acidity and a silky mouthfeel for a long, soft textured finish. Just awesome!
Johann Michel is a self-taught winemaker who discovered his passion while tasting old bottles of wine with his grandfather. His first vintage was 1997. He works alongside his wife Emmanuelle, farming a little over 5.5 hectares (13.5 acres) spread between three AOC’s: Coras, Saint Joseph, and Saint Peray.
In Saint Peray his parcels are located at the extreme South of the Saint Peray AOC (a few meters away from the border with the Cornas AOC), and are planted with Marsanne and Roussanne.
Winery/Producer: Domaine Johann Michel
Grape(s): 50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne
Style: White, dry
Origin: Saint-Péray, Côtes du Rhône, Rhône Valley, France
Vinification: 100% destemmed, soft pneumatic pressing, racking of the must in stainless steel tank; remontages (wine pump over for extraction) and pigeages (punching down the cap of grapes).
Aging: Aged in French oak for 9 months.
% ABV: 14.1%