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Domaine Des Pierres Seches Saint-Joseph Cuvee Revirand 2019  - First Bottle


96 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2019 Saint Joseph Cuvée Revirand is all Syrah that was not destemmed and saw malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 18 months in French oak. Just a thrilling Saint Joseph that pretty much stopped me in my tracks, it has ample red and black fruits, notes of leather, woodsmoke, iron, and pepper, full-bodied richness, beautiful tannins, and a great finish. I followed this bottle for multiple days, and it showed more structure and depth with air. It can certainly be drunk today, but it will ideally be given 2-3 years in the cellar, and I’d be shocked if it didn’t evolve gracefully for another decade or more.
92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2019 Saint Joseph Cuvée Revirand—from 50-year-old vines on a south-facing granite slope—features attractive, complex aromas of menthol, star anise and blackberries, plus a wiry, herbal streak. Made entirely using whole clusters and aged in pièces de Bourgogne, it's full-bodied and dense, with ample concentration, ripe tannins and a long, dusty finish. Give it a couple of years in the cellar and drink it through the end of the decade.

Technical Details

  • BlendSyrah
  • WinemakerSylvain Gauthier
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone
  • AppellationSaint-Joseph
  • Alcohol15%

Domaine Des Pierres Seches Saint-Joseph Cuvee Revirand 2019

Syrah  |  France
JD96, WA92

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Sylvain Gauthier was born and raised in the Northern Rhone but traveled to Beaune in the heart of Burgundy to study winemaking. Following his studies, he secured a job with the incomparable Michel Chapoutier and then with Stephane Robert of Domaine du Tunnel (another of the region’s rising stars) before settling in the village of Cheminas, founding Domaine Pierres Seches in 2007.

This new cuvée holds a special place in the mind of Sylvain. At this high altitude, purely granite, south-facing site, he went on to craft his first ever Saint-Joseph syrah. This site allows Sylvain to make a Saint-Joseph wine of remarkable power and elegant balance – loaded with black fruit and myriad spice – and possessing the boundless energy of classic Northern Rhone syrah. The 50+-year-old vines provide ample concentration and finely-grained tannins to ensure that this is a syrah with plenty of structure to thrive over a long cellaring.

His micro-domaine is comprised of 13.5 acres of land, farmed organically, with the vineyards plowed by horse (or when the terrain becomes too steep – by hand). His holdings are all located in the southernmost portion of the Saint-Joseph appellation.

Vineyard holdings include small, steeply graded plots in the communes Sarras, Arras-sur-Rhône, Vion, Ozon, and crucially, in the renowned, southeast-facing lieu-dit of ‘Aubert’ on the Sainte Épine mountain in Saint-Jean de Muzols. The original boundaries, and villages of the Saint-Joseph appellation (drawn in 1956) are located here in the south. For the most part, Sylvain’s syrah is partially destemmed, but this special bottling is fermented whole-cluster. Fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks on indigenous yeasts. His wines are aged in older French oak barrels, from 3-4 years old.

This full-bodied, luscious syrah shows powerful black fruits like blackberries, black currants, and black plums, with a decided peppery, spicy edge that also includes warm notes of clove and anise seed. The grip is present yet refined, with the soft and velvety tannins uplifted by a steady, electric acidity. This beauty will seamlessly develop over the next two decades, though a brief decant of 30 minutes grants one access to this wonder in its youth. We were only able to get 20 cases total, and with this wine’s booming cult status, it will likely fly fast! Get some while it lasts!

About the Producer

Winemaker Sylvain Gauthier cares for his 13.5 acres of land according to organic practices. He started his micro-domaine in 2007, the name "pierres seches" inspired by the many hand-built stone walls that support vineyard terraces in the region.