Simon Gastrein - Cuvee l'Enclume 2019
Region: St Joseph / Northern Rhone
Grapes: Syrah (80%) plus Gamay / Mornen Noir
An interesting blend from the granite soil hills west of Chavanay. Fresh, bright and medium bodied red with cherry, wild berries and kitchen herbs. Vibrant and alive.
Nerd Notes: Whole bunch ferment in concrete vat. Elevage in older 228-litre oak casks for about a year before bottling. Mornen Noir is super, super rare.
The Producer: From a restaurant background and working as a chef, Simon spent his youth in the vineyards and forged his palate with a wine-loving grandfather. After travelling for a bit, in South America, Simon return to work with his mentor and iconic producer André Perret based in Condrieu / St Joseph. Established since 2017 in Bessey, in this little clayey and mineral terroir, Simon created some delicious expressions of the appellation; a modern and fresher style of wine.