Saint-Péray lies across the river from Valence in the Rhone, if you have been reaching for your wine maps. Marsanne and Roussane being the grape varieties grown. Incidentally Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Book 2009 (Pocket Companion) rates Alain Voge’s Fleur de Crussol as “an excellent wine or producer in its category – one especially worth seeking out”. Anticipation is therefore high for this.
Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Alain Voge ‘Fleur de Crussol’, 2007, Saint-Péray, Rhone, France.
Stockist: Contact Bibendum Price: around £20 [More: Adegga / Snooth ]
Classy and rather refined. Smoothly textured and offering plenty of complexity to the flavour. Minerality obvious on the finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Flavours of stony fruits, peaches, plenty of Tangerine/ Clementine with citrus pith and white flowers. Delicious. Alcohol 14%.
This is 100% oak-aged Marsanne, the grapes harvested from Voge’s oldest vineyard (70+ years). Recommended for up to 10 years aging.
[ out of 5] Scribblings Rating – 92/100
Food match: Served with a Salmon and Potato Bake. Sublime – even though this particular sample is a pre-release ‘straight from the barrel’ sample (hence the hand-written vintage year; they haven’t printed the labels yet!). I was so impressed with this and have to ask – what is it going to be like with some age!
Sorry for the red-wine splattered bottle in the photo. It would appear that the shipment suffered a casualty – not one single bottle escaped some damage.
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