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Emmanuel Darnaud Saint-Joseph blanc 2017

| white | full bodied & complex |
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100% marsanne
Alcohol %
36 hl/ha
barrel aged
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2023
Fiche Technique
Product code
beperkt beschikbaar
Tasting notes

In the nose (almond)blossom, yellow fruit (pear, peach) and a hint of camille. The first impression in the mouth is powerful, with a certain spiciness in this stage. Ripe and concentrated white-yellow fruit (white peach), citrus and minerality. A buttery element together with good acidity in the middle. Balanced, yet young, with good expression of the terroir. There is a certain nervousness (marsanne) in this stage, mild tannines, keeps on well. Decant to get the best out of her: in younger years but also after a few years of cellar aging. Will mature nicely, does change but will even be more interesting to join with food. [April 2019]

Wine producer
Emmanuel Darnaud is a young, enthusiastic wine grower from La Roche de Glun, to the south of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. This passionate, garrulous man is a perfectionist who is seen as one of a talented new generation of wine makers. He came to the wine business circuitously, via his culinary interests, deciding In 2001 to take over the family company, which consisted of a few fruit trees and 1.3 hectares of vineyards. He had no formal training, but he was clearly inspired and coached by his former teacher, who is now his father-in-law, Bernard Faurie (a prominent Hermitage producer from Tournon). Emmanuel is an intuitive grower, who now has 15 hectares of vineyards, with 17 terroirs, spread over the municipalities of La Roche de Glun, Point d’Isère and Mercurol, which are tilled on a sustainable basis, which the French refer to as lutte raisonnée.The entire operation, both in the cellar and the vineyard is exemplary. Although the wine is aged in wooden barrels, Emmanuel’s objective is to preserve the expression of the fruit in his wines. The use of wood is however remarkably balanced, which is down to the use of different wooden vats (conical foudres (a type of vat), and new and used barriques. His domaine wine, Les Trois Chènes is a reference to this. All of the parcels are vinified separately and later assembled. Grapes from the young vines are processed in mise en bouche (appetizers). In good years a selection of wines is aged in new barriques over time and bottled only in magnums. This is a young producer with a vision and a mission, that much is clear.
Quote & Reviews

Emmanuel Darnaud: “Le terroir de Saint-Joseph confère à ce vin une matière riche et complexe. Les arômes sont intenses (poire, minéral, pierre) et la finale fraiche de ce vin offre un équilibre d’ensemble d’une grande délicatesse.”

Joe Czerwinski/Wine Advocate: “Darnaud’s smallest-production wine is his 2017 Saint Joseph Blanc, a 100% barrel-fermented Marsanne grown on granite. Crushed stones and pencil shavings mark the nose of this super wine, which is tighter and richer than Darnaud’s white Crozes. Full-bodied, layered and silky, with a nearly endless finish, this is great Marsanne that should drink well for at least 3-4 years, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it behave like a mini-Hermitage and have a rebirth 10 years out.” [december 2018]


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