Size & Type
Poise and shape. Perret’s Saint-Joseph has a drinkability about it that is so often lacking in the new world. Florals, on red and blue fruits with a bit of spice sit delicately on framework of tannins with a nice bit of mid-palate grip. Weightless yet full of flavour. A graceful Syrah. It’s fun now, there is no doubt that time will be kind helping it relax and show more perceived generosity.
Terroir Soil type: very light sandy and granitic.
Exposure: south east facing terraces.
Average age of vines: 40 years.
Yield: about 35 hectolitres/hectare.
Grape variety: Syrah (single variety)
Fermentation: In stainless steel vats between 15 days and 3 weeks with temperature control..
Maturing: 18 months in barrels in an air-conditioned wine storehouse. Temperature and hygrometry contro
When André Perret was growing up in Chavanay, in the northern Rhône Valley, most of the land there was planted to orchards, including the bulk of the family’s own small estate. Their roots were in Burgundy, though, where André’s forefathers owned and worked vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet until World War II forced them to relocate. As a young man André studied biology and took a job as a cancer researcher, but he felt cooped up in the laboratory and dreamt of a life outdoors. In 1982, after completing a degree in viticulture and enology, he returned to his hometown and started out with a few small rows of vines that had belonged to his uncle. At that time there were just two other vignerons in Chavanay and the region was in decline, but he believed profoundly in the value of the local terroirs and worked hard to valorize the area, becoming president of the department’s association of young agriculturalists and establishing programs that would encourage people to settle down and plant vineyards there. He also worked tirelessly to develop his own estate, expanding production by renting vineyards and replanting the family lands to vines. Today he is proud to be surrounded by dynamic, passionate young vignerons and to see that most of his neighbors’ children are eager to take over the family estates as they grow up.
Perret’s approach to winegrowing is classic: respect each individual terroir—he produces several single-vineyard wines—and work the soil to avoid the need for chemical treatments. His goal is to make fresh, structured wines, in “a sort of Burgundian style” as he says, but without too much wood; wines that aren’t too worked over and will age well. His Condrieu bottlings are reference points for the entire appellation. In 1995 André built a new cellar, but he has never expanded beyond the very best terroirs and keeps the estate small so he can maintain his standards of manual labor in the vineyards and individual attention to all of his wines.
The way we cultivate our vines Traditional and entirely manual methods are used to cultivate the vines. No systematic treatment, pesticides are used with moderation and only as and when required. Yield control: July/August: green harvest. Thinning out the leaves.
Viognier: Fermentation: 1/3 of the production in stainless steel vats, and 2/3 in wooden vats. Maturing: 12 months (regular stirring of the lees followed by racking). Temperature and hygrometry control. The wine is then preserved on its lees for one year before being bottled.
Marsanne / Rousanne: Fermentation: 50 % of the production in stainless steel vat, 50 % in oak barrels. Maturing: 12 months. Temperature and hygrometry control.
“Two thousand-nineteen gave somewhat riper fruit than 2018, Perret told me, “but 2018 is, by historical standards, quite a ripe vintage, itself.” While the Condrieus from 2017 to 2019, may not age as slowly as those from 2016 or 2015, what they might sacrifice in cellar-worthiness they more than make up for in sheer deliciousness.”
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
“My visit to Andre Perret’s roadside winery in Chavanay is always one of the highlights of my Northern Rhône trip. Unfortunately, the 2020 Condrieus were being prepared for bottling and were unavailable for tasting. Still, there were a lot of other wines left to like, especially after having missed visiting in 2020. We were joined by his daughter, Marie, who returned to work at the domaine in 2019. André’s delight and pride in her work was evident as she pulled barrel samples of the 2020 reds. While there’s no doubt that climate change and the recent warm-weather vintages have stressed out growers in Condrieu by narrowing the available picking windows—sometimes seemingly down to just hours—Perret seems able to thread that needle year in and year out. And if the Condrieus from the top sites of Clos Chanson and Chery are spectacular, the reds from Saint Joseph are underrated.”
Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com
André Perret is in Verlieu-Chavanay is a small village 50 km south of Lyon, just to the south of Condrieu and is the place where André Perret practises the art of wine-making.
Located on the right bank of the river Rhône and thus enjoying the best climate of the appellation, the Estate is now about 13 hectares wide. Perret has holdings in Condrieu and Saint-Joseph.
This wine comes from Condrieu in the Northern Rhône Valley.
'Ripe, intensely perfumed dark fruit, licorice, olive paste and cracked pepper aromas, along with an exotic pit fruit note that emerges slowly. Sappy and energetic on the palate, offering alluringly sweet red and blue fruit, candied violet and spicecake flavors braced by an undercurrent of smoky minerality. Closes extremely long and precise, with repeating floral and mineral qualities and talc-y, slowly mounting tannins. This is shaping up to be a really outstanding wine and one that I'd love to see poured alongside some upper-tier Côte-Rôties.'
'Even more concentrated than the 2018 version, Perret's 2019 Saint Joseph les Grisieres boasts smoky, spicy aromas set against a backdrop of black cherries and black olives to create a complex, savory whole. Full-bodied and plush in feel, with a long, velvety finish and ample richness, it's nearly approachable now and should still be going strong in 2030. Drink: 2023-2035'
Where in the world does the magic happen?
Perret André, Chavanay, France