Domaine Jolivet Saint Joseph L’Instinct (750ml)
Domaine Jolivet is a new estate, established in 2014, in Northern Rhone’s Saint Joseph appellation. Bastien Jolivet, after having studied abroad and in France, decided to return to the family farm and work with his father on the 8 ha of vineyards that they once cultivated as contract grape growers. Today they produce wine from their own grapes.
The vineyard is planted on a hillside with South / South-East exhibits with many stone walls to retain the soil. These granitic soils are the ideal places for Syrah to express itself fully. The work in the vineyard is done almost entirely by hand.
They tend to make the most balanced wines possible and think that the work in the vineyard is the key. Cellar work is an accompaniment to grapes, vinification is traditional in stainless steel vats with temperature regulation to control extractions. Aging and malolactic fermentations are carried out in barrels.
Made from Syrah sourced from 10 unique parcels of estate grapes. Each parcel is vinified and aged separately and then assembled before bottling. The wine ages for 12 to 14 months in oak. First nose on spices and violet, fine and silky tannins on a beautiful tannic structure with a nice balance.