December 13, 2008

Alain Voge ‘Fleur de Crussol’ Saint-Péray, Rhone, France

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes

Voge Saint-Peray

Not something you see much of is Saint-Péray; most of the production is concentrated towards sparkling wines (not that I’ve come across any Saint-Péray sparkling mind!). My Guide Hachette des vins de France 2008 dismisses the region with little more than a quarter page entry and three producers but does state that it is “one of the best sparkling wines in France”; so something to look out for.

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.

White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine 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.

Scribblings Rating – 92/100 [4 out of 5]

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.

  1. Dylan December 15, 2008

    I’m very glad you added those clarifications at the bottom of your post. At first glance of the picture all I could wonder was, “What person got a hold of that bottle? And, with a red marker no less?”

  2. Dan Coward December 15, 2008

    I fear that the courier started playing ping pong with this and another case that I sent on the same day!
    Fortunately yours arrived Andrew (perhaps a bottle or two down). The other one was first reported smashed and then disappeared into the ether altogether!
    Glad you liked the wine – there seems to be lovely minerality and acidity alongside all the ripe fruit in many of the 2007 white Rhones.

  3. Winesleuth December 17, 2008

    I love a good white Rhone, is this only available online?

  4. The Blog Wine Cellar December 18, 2008

    100% oak aged Marsanne! Sweet! I love these somewhat eclectic wine selections. Your digital photos add something really special to your blog, which I’m sure you’ve been told before. I think my readership would totally dig your content so I’ll link you up! Cheers!


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