LVT 2014 wh 2014 r Historically, the most important domaine at St-Péray. The Chabouds have defended the appellation and kept the private domaine side going. They have always grown Roussanne along with Marsanne. The Roussanne wines are fresh, refined and spiced. The Marsannes show honey aromas, white fruit flavours. All the wines are fair and sound but would be improved if there were fewer cuvées. They also make three sparkling St-Pérays, which are reliable in that not very inspiring genre. The Cornas can improve as Stéphan Chaboud gets more used to the vineyards. The Cornas Réserve can live for 10-14 years. The Saint-Joseph and the Crozes-Hermitage reds are light and easy to drink.
LVT 2015 r Hirotake has been in the Rhône for over a decade, and previously worked with Thiérry Allemand at Cornas. He does absolutely nothing in the vineyard, so his Cornas vines look spindly and under-nourished; their yield is under 10 hl/ha as a result. He is a strong believer in Vin Naturel - hence that vineyard approach, and most of his wine is sold to Japan. There is always something going on in his wines, and expect the Saint-Péray to be cloudy
LVT 2016 r 2016 wh A domaine of undoubted promise that has turned into undoubted achievement, with some STGT leanings in the wines. The whites are particularly good. The wines come in an elegant fashion, with genuine textures and an emphasis on pleasure in the drinking. The Saint-Pérays - four of them - are agreeable both on their own and with food, although some New Wave tendencies have been noted in the 2010s. The Saint-Péray Roussanne was the top 2015 at ****(*), a muscled wine, while the 2016 Saint-Péray Prestige was a stylish, classy ****(*) wine, the 2016 Saint-PérayMarsanne a suave, restrained **** wine. The regular Cornas became lighter and more modern since the early 2010s, while the Vin Noir was best to drink from three to four years on. There is now just one Cornas, which is suitablly well-bodied. The St-Joseph is a soft wine, accessible early on. Rental agreements mean that Stéphane Robert now has access to old vineyards, boosting the set of young vines that he has laboured hard to plant since his arrival at St-Péray in 1993-94.
LVT 2014 r 2014 wh A Saint-Péray family who were all Co-operateurs at the Cave de Tain until Rémy’s first vintage in 2008, not a great year, with a Saint-Péray. His brother is President of the Syndicat des Vignerons, and still sends his crop to the Cave de Tain. A Crozes-Hermitage from 1.5 hectares at Pont de l’Isère started in 2010. Half the harvest is sold to the merchant trade. There are three still Saint-Pérays and one champenoise. The better wines are Beylesse and Suchet. More limestone influences here than most at Saint-Péray. The first Cornas from 2010 Syrah on Les Eygats was made in 2014, a very creditable effort.
Last wine made in 2005. Guy Darona`s mother is a Gripa, and in 2005 Guy decided to give up, with his wine difficult to sell. It had been one of the last local domaines at St-Péray. As cousins of the Daronas, the Gripa family at Saint-Joseph was the obvious successor. Half Darona`s Saint-Péray was méthode champenoise or sparkling, and it was one of the best. It comes with a vintage. The still wine became an oak-only production from 2004, called the Jardin des Faures. The crop quality here is good given the location of the vineyards, and the still wine, mostly sold to a local following, is good if the oak does not dominate.
LVT 2014 wh 2014 r A domaine for very sound, occasionally delightful, full St-Péray still wine - a good local feel comes through after three years. The sparkling wines are good performers, but some of the vineyards have been dropped from Saint-Péray status due to an error being discovered (after many years) in the delineation of the appellation zone. There is sometimes likeable Cornas from old vines: it can be very drinkable after four to five years.
LVT 2013 wh 2016 r A joint-venture between Chapoutier and Anne-Sophie Pic, the daughter of the legendary Jacques Pic, 3-star Michelin restaurateur in Valence. In February 2007, Anne-Sophie received her own 3 star Michelin award. The Saint-Péray style has shifted from very ample to more refined, the crop harvested earlier. A good organic Cornas was introduced in 2013.