Brotte Saint-Joseph "Marandy" red 2016
VARIETIES : Majority of Syrah
YIELD : 40 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES : 12 000 b.
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
“Marandy” : A tribute to the name and character of the historic Brotte Saint Jospeh “cuvée” coming from a so called area. (70s)
This delicate and pleasing wine shows in historical records as early as the 16th century. Saint-Joseph (allegedly the protector of scorned husbands) was once lauded by the kings of France as well as Victor Hugo, who mentioned it in ‘Les Misérables’. The majority of the vines are planted on steep slopes. The soil is composed of light schist and gneiss on a granite base. The climate is hot and dry in summer and mild during the other seasons. Syrah finds its perfect balance on this terroir as the poor soils limit yield, and therefore favour the complexity of this great variety.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed before being cold-soaked for a gentle and short maceration. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in concrete or stainless steel vats, at 26°- 28°C, to preserve maximum fruit, with daily pump-overs and some releases. The malolactic fermentation is followed by ageing in 100 year old oak vats for 6 to 12 months.
“A Rustic character and Honest fruit”
Colour – Mauve with a raspberry rim.
Nose – Intense and moreish aromas of black fruits and pepper with toasty undertones.
Palate – Expressive, classically elegant tannins appear with notes of raspberry and blackcurrant. Beautifully mouth-filling with a spicy finish. With tannins in its youth, the wine will express its full character after 2 to 3 years of ageing.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 16 °C.
Enjoy with starters, fine ham & cold cuts, turkey, pot au feu, fresh or soft cheeses …
VINTAGE : 2017 : A good year with low yields. With beautiful rich sugar and deep colours, the red wines are powerful, round and balanced. Whites and rosés are fat, full-bodied and have kept good freshness. 2016 : An exceptional year. The reds are aromatic, powerful, round, fine and balanced, while the whites display freshness, unctuosity, full body and great length.
Vint. 2016 : BETTANE+DESSEAUVE 13/20
Vint. 2012 : GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS sélection