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Julien Cecillon: 6-bottle Saint-ly Sampler

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Julien Cecillon: Six Exemplar Bottles from the Northern Rhone (3 St. Péray Blanc 'Gemini' 2015, 3 Saint-Joseph Rouge "Babylone" 2014$240 with Free Shipping

Perhaps no domaine better embraces the happy marriage of tradition and modernity than the next-generation winemaking team behind Cave Julien Cecillon in the Northern Rhone.  Julien is an eleventh generation vigneron from Tournon-sur-Rhone, and the nephew of the legendary retired vigneron Jean-Louis Grippat. His wife Nancy Kerschen is a Texan transplant to the region.  Together, they are crafting new classics from the Northern Rhone: cuvees that consciously honor the traditional terroirs of the region but also embody the spirit of the “New” France.

On the banks of the Rhone river just South of Lyon, the fabled steep slopes of the Northern Rhone are the origins of some of the world’s most famously fragrant and ageable gastronomic reds made from 100% Syrah.  Historically, the wines of Saint-Joseph have long rivaled those from Cotie-Rotie and Hermitage.  In recent years, top producers like the Cecillons, have set new benchmarks for Syrah from Saint-Joseph.  Today, their reds are easily more peers than rivals to nearby grand appellations.
Lesser known, though equally prized locally are the sumptuously grand whites made from Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne.  Whereas Saint-Péray may have been overlooked for Condrieu and Hermitage Blanc in the past, it’s having its moment today.  Increasingly, this nascent region is becoming the “Sleeping Beauty” of Rhone whites as the wines from here tend to be the freshest and most imminently drinkable while remaining relatively unknown to a larger public.

Few domaines are producing reds and whites that are equally this delicious. Take advantage of this six-bottle sampler to explore the best reds and whites emerging from the slopes of Saint-Joseph and Saint-Péray today.

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