2011 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph #103753701

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Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "...shows the sunny nature of the vintage with its awesome perfume of sweet black raspberries, incense, dried violets and wild herbs. Layered, ripe, medium to full-bodied and downright seamless... (JD)" 93 points John Gilman "The superb bouquet delivers scents of black raspberries, gamebird, dark soil tones, black olives, still a touch of Syrah?s medicinal overtones and plenty of upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully transparent down to its stony soil signature, with a fine core of fruit, outstanding intensity of flavor and complexity and a long, moderately tannic and tangy finish. (JG)"

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About Pierre Gonon

Domaine Pierre Gonon, based in Mauves, in the heart of St. Joseph, is revered for producing some of the greatest Syrah in the world. The Gonon brothers, Pierre and Jean, uphold a distinct and conventional winemaking approach that sets them apart from their contemporaries. They personally oversee their ten-hectare vineyards, guaranteeing the growth of high-quality, low-yielding grapes, which is reflected in the complex character of their wines.

The Gonon brothers apply traditional manual methods, including foot crushing of grapes and stem inclusion during fermentation. These techniques, when combined with their organic farming practices, lead to wines with classic black olive, violet, and game aromatics and a refreshing delicacy indicative of the region.

Based in the historic heart of Saint Joseph, Pierre, and Jean Gonon are considered spiritual successors of Raymond Trollat, a respected figure in Rhone Valley winemaking. Their vineyards, located in Mauves, Tournon, and Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, are sites of steep, east and southeast-facing slopes with poor, well-draining granite and gneiss soils that echo the legendary hill of Hermitage across the Rhône. They perpetuate genetic diversity by replanting using sélection massale cuttings from their robust vines, preserving healthy rootstock.

The Gonon brothers work their vineyards organically, even utilizing horse plowing on the steep slopes. Their dedication to traditional farming is reflected in the certifications received for organic farming in 2013. Once harvested, they ferment the wines traditionally in open oak vats with regular foot punch-downs. The high proportion of stem inclusion in the reds adds to the wine's classic aromatics and aging potential.

Their Syrah wines, spanning from Côte Rôtie, Cornas to St. Joseph, are renowned for their brilliance and traditionalism. These wines perfectly capture the appellation's wild, savory, yet fresh and mineral character, becoming increasingly appreciated by a growing circle of wine connoisseurs.

Pierre Gonon's wines have become highly coveted due to their purity of character and their steadfast commitment to traditional methods. Despite the rising demand and soaring prices, the Gonon brothers remain focused on maintaining their artisanal approach, ensuring that each bottle encapsulates their passion and dedication to the art of winemaking. Their wines offer a unique expression of the terroir, making them a must-have for any wine enthusiast.

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