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Aurelien Chatagnier Saint-Joseph 2014

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If Syrah is widely grown throughout the world, the ancestral homeland for this famous grape is the Northern Rhône Valley between Lyon and Tournon. As far as we're concerned this is the only Syrah-producing region that matters. In the upper reaches of the St. Joseph appellation, steps away from Côte Rotie, Aurelien Chatagnier's production in St.-Pierre-de-Boeuf produces some of our favorite Syrah, with peppery, occasional savory notes, and dark fruit aromas on the Nose. Aurelien's wines are consistently excellent, and his 2014 vintage knocks it out of the park. 

Aurelien Chatagnier began his winemaking career in high school mentored by his neighbor and Rhone legend Jean-Luc Jamet. After working for François Villard, Aurelien created his Domaine in 2002, at the ripe age of 22. 14 years down the road, Aurelien Chatagnier has proven himself a more-than-worthy descendant of Jamet and Villard, carving out a global reputation, despite the size of his miniscule production. 

Aurelien's St. Joseph vines are mostly grown on Granite soils, so they have the characteristic Syrah earthiness or meatiness but with a light minerality on the end of the palette. The Syrah is less tannic, as it’s vinified 100% without stems and has less contact with skins. 12 months of elevage in used barrels adds a little welcome heft. This vintage is fruit-forward, sunny, and very expressive already; it's "easy to enjoy" as Aurélien put it. 

We love pairing St. Joseph with spicy sausage (yes, a pepperoni pizza would be perfect) or the French classic, leg of lamb. After asking Aurélien about his favorite pairing his response was classically self-effacing, "What do I pair with the St. Joseph? I have no idea! I just make the wine." And we hope he keeps on making wine for decades to come! 

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