Powerful, succulent and aromatic, this is what Pierre Gonon is all about. There is so much energy in this wine that resonates feelings of both elegance and strength. Red fruits and cassis are layered with complexing elements of earth and five spice. This wine builds in volume across the palate, as it will with some time in bottle. A Northern Rhone treat. - Chris L
Mauves calls itself 'the cradle of Saint-Joseph ", the origination of this appellation. Certainly the best wines of this town, including those which issue from its most famous resident, Gérard Chave, have tremendous perfume, a unique cherry, nut and cocoa character and a certain soothing, coating suppleness even in youth.
Jean and Pierre Gonon farm 6 acres of Syrah, at Tournon, Mauves and the old vines from the legendary Raymond Trollat at St Jean de Muzols. Combined, this is the original St Joseph area and certainly contains the appellations best terroir.
Tasting the individual lots of wine at Gonon, each separated by parcel, is in itself a fascinating exhibition of terroirs. In addition, Jean Gonon is constantly experimenting, with youthful eagerness and idealism, to find the most successful variations in vinification for his fruit and it's terroir. In the final analysis, he compiles one single red wine assemblage.
The Gonon's pick as late as possible and ferment with wild yeasts. Pigeage is mostly by foot. Aging is 13 to 15 months in 600 litre casks and one old foudre; no new oak. Their wines blossom in a very different way from the wines of the far north of the appellation (where much of the Saint Joseph available in Australia comes from) with their meatiness, tapenade, black fruits and spice.
- Importer Note
|Product Type||Wine Red Shiraz|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|
|Vineyard Practices||Minimal Intervention|