Stéphane Vedeau, of Clos Bellane fame, is the owner and winemaker of J. Boutin. Named after his mother Jeannine Boutin, Stéphane works tiny parcels from some of the finest sites in the Northern Rhône. From the granite-laden Larnage section of Crozes-Hermitage to Le Méal in Hermitage and Côte Blonde in Côte-Rôtie, these are all old vine (50-60 years old on average) vineyards that that convey their noble terroir clearly and resonantly. The winemaking at J. Boutin follows the same philosophy of his other property; the grapes are hand-harvested, go through a gentle press with some whole cluster depending on the vintage, followed by an indigenous yeast fermentation. The cellar is gravity fed and the wines are aged in a mix of stainless steel and larger oak barrels. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Stéphane is a perfectionist at heart, and working these granite slopes is part of his lifelong dedication to making wines of purity and grace. Practicing Organic farming.
J. Boutin Parcelle de Jean Saint Joseph is 98% Syrah, and 2% Roussanne from Les Combes, Les Moures, Les Cotes. The grapes grow on very steep slopes with stone wall terraces on 50+ year old vines, in granite soil with patches of schist and limestone. The wines is aged for 14 months in a mix of older dem-muids and foudre.Unfined and unfiltered.
Youthful purple color. Deeply pitched aromas of ripe red/blue fruits are complicated by floral, cracked pepper and smoky bacon accents. Offers sweet, seamless and mineral-tinged black raspberry, cherry liqueur and exotic spice flavors that smoothly combine brawn and finesse. Shows impressive vivacity and finishes on a gently tannic note, with sharp clarity and strong persistence.