Domaine Alain Voge - Saint Joseph - Les Cotes - Rouge - 2018 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE WINEMAKERS AND CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The Domain Alain Voge has produced Saint-Joseph wines for ten years or so. From the 2015 vintage, our Saint-Joseph takes the name of the locality where it is grown: Les Côtes. This terroir has enormous potential and it is gradually revealing its expression as the vines mature. The average age of the vines in 2017 is 12 years old.” Domaine Alain Voge
"This estate makes a terrific Saint-Joseph, and the last of the barrels samples, Saint-Joseph Les Côtes 2018, is another winner. With a beautiful perfume of flowery incense, lavendert, spice box, wild strawberries and blueberries, it hits the palate with a medium bodied richness, a plush, rounded texture and ripe sweet tannins that make it already hard to resist. It's going to just sing with 2-3 years of bootle age, and keep for a decade." 90-92/100, Jeb Dunnuck
This discrete domain of 13 hectares is well known among Syrah fans, and this has been the case for a long time, since Alain Voge was a pioneer of the Cornas appellation. He replanted several abandoned Syrah plots (for reds), bringing out the best of an old vineyard located on steep, pebbly slopes. In his capable hands, these grands crus of the northern Rhône were reborn…
The domain which, like many in the region, practices polyculture, has been established in Cornas for several generations. It was in 1958 that Alain Voge joined his father on the family smallholding and decided quickly to abandon polyculture to focus on wine. This was an audacious gamble since, despite their old age, the Cornas and Saint-Péray appellations were ‘sleeping beauties’ at the time.
Alain Voge went on to disrupt the tradition by replanting on slopes that had been abandoned for almost 30 years and developing direct bottle sales. Supported by his wife Eliane, he set out on a mission to spread the word about his wines on a regional and national level. Due to the quality of his products and this innovative approach, he quickly built up his domain’s reputation. He spent some time under Albéric Mazoyer, manager and associate of Alain Voge from 2004-2018, before progressing further and making a start in organic production. Thus, since 2013, the whole vineyard is run using biodynamic agriculture, where an artisan and entirely manual viticulture is practiced on the slopes of the Rhône’s rive droite.
Grape varieties: 100% Syrah
Colour: Red Wine
Vintage 2018 : One more early vintage (harvest started in the last week of August). A very rainy springtime from mid-May to mid-June, with a very heavy mildiou pressure on the St Péray marsannes, mobilized our teams 100% for the phytosanitary protection (organic and biodynamic). A very correct crop in the end, and a high-level vintage in the horizon, despite the uncommon heatwave during the harvesting…
Maturing: Maturation in barrels of more than four
Vinification: Organic certification for the vines and wine from the 2016 vintage and biodynamic methods used.