2011 Pierre Gonon "Les Oliviers" Saint-Joseph Blanc

SKU #1121226 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (80% marsanne and 20% roussanne): Pale yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of pear skin, peach, quinine and white flowers. Bright and incisive, offering tangy lemon and deeper pit fruit flavors and a touch of anise. Shows a strong mineral quality on the clinging, spicy finish. Pierre Gonon told me that this wine had only recently been bottled and that it should be putting on weight through the coming spring.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

The renowned Coteau des Oliviers was famous long before it was appelated as Saint-Joseph. Alluvial soil mixed with granite and clay enjoys perfect southern exposure for this single-vineyard blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Rousanne. From the importer: "At once both creamy and fat while lacking nothing of freshness and vibrancy. Honeysuckle, apricot and quince and black licorice intermingle while a silky, almost oily texture, coats the palate. This is a world class, beautiful, full bodied wine that lingers on the finish with freshness and minerality." 13% abv.


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Varietal:

Marsanne

- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 13