2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph #104570767
Based on 46 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "The 2017 Saint Joseph offers up effusive notes of mint, black olives and black cherries. As usual, the Gonons have managed to combine herbal, savory and fruity elements into a compelling, harmonious whole. The wine is medium to full-bodied and fully ripe, perhaps not quite as lush and fruit-driven as the 2018, but it's still a tremendous success, capped off by gentle tannins and salted licorice on the long finish. (JC)" 94 points Vinous "Dark purple. Ripe, spice-accented black and blue fruits, cherry liqueur, olive and a pungent floral note on the intensely perfumed nose. Plush blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors display excellent clarity and turn sweeter with air. The smoky, extremely persistent finish shows outstanding detail, and pliant tannins fold smoothly into the sappy, lingering dark fruit. (JR)"
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About Pierre Gonon
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.