Introduction to French Wine In Rhone Valley From Domaine Boissonnet
Introduction to French Wine In Rhone Valley From Domaine Boissonnet
Oct 27, 2020

 

The Boissonnet Domain is a family tradition which goes back to the XVII century. The estate is home to 11 hectares of vineyards, created with love to offer fresh-flavoured St-Joseph and Condrieu.

Following the path of his grandfather, Frédéric Boissonnet takes back the family domain in 1990 and continues to build its legacy today. The XVII century estate hides a vault, discovered by chance in 1993 by his father, André Boissonnet. This well kept secret is also used today to raise the grapes in the respect of tradition.

The Boissonnet Domain perpetuates the family tradition started in the XVII century within its wine cellars. With great care, craftsmanship and a longing for quality, Frédéric Boissonnet re-launched the family activity and pays tribute to his ancestors with the cuvée Bélive.

It was in 1990 that Frédéric Boissonnet took over the family estate. The 17th-century house located in Serrières (Ardèche) in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales, hides vaulted cellars, restored with passion where our Saint Joseph and Condrieu are raised.

On the steep hillsides which overlook the Rhône valley, vines are cultivated on nearly 11 hectares of vines (10 hectares in AOC Saint-Joseph and 1 hectare in AOC Condrieu) with the greatest respect for the terroir and control of yields.

From the old vines cultivated by grandfather Boissonnet, the locality 'Belive' has since given its name to a Saint Joseph cuvée of high acrobatics. 

When looking at the landscapes between Vienne and Tain l'Hermitage, the steep slopes rivers can be seen flowing through the suspended vineyards.

A perfect harmony between water, land and sky creates the uniqueness of the region's wines. Frédéric strives to cultivate the best grapes. As he simply says : « Without good grapes, you can't make good wines ».

The red Saint Joseph is entirely made from Syrah vines, the best known variety in the region. The Syrah, rich by its quality in terms of taste and freshness, contributes to the reputation of its wines.

The Boissonnet Domain also cultivates Roussanne and Marsanne vines to produce its white Saint Joseph, giving this elegant wine the perfect equilibrium between fruity and fresh.

Finally, the Condrieu, a world-known wine made from Viognier, distinguishes itself by its sumptuousness, its mineral qualities and its large palette of fruity flavours. 


 

Domaine Boissonnet Saint Joseph Emisphere Blanc 2018

The white Saint Joseph represents barely 5% of the wines available throughout the appellation. With regard to red wines made from Syrah, the majority. All the more reason to discover Boissonnet's Emisphère en blanc cuvée. Pleasure and greed are at the rendezvous of the tasting for this beautiful white wine between aromatic fruity and floral. Mineral and fresh, the mouth is a model of balance. A beautiful cuvée of white “St Jo” to taste with cheeses from the region (Picodon, Saint Marcellin). Or accompanied by a baked fish. To be served relatively cool between 8 and 10 degrees to ensure tasting in the best conditions!

The white “Emisphère” cuvée from Boissonnet is made up of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne. Fresh fruit (pear), white flower (jasmine) and dried fruit (almond) await you for a delicious tasting. Please note: the quantities available for this white Saint Joseph are limited.

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 8 C - 10 C. Good match with cheeses from the region (Picodon, Saint Marcellin). Or accompanied by a baked fish.

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Domaine Boissonnet Condrieu Blanc, 2018

This cuvée is made from a single hectare plot, planted in the Ardèche commune of Limony. Frédéric Boissonnet uses the Viognier grape variety here to enhance it. The Condrieu de Boissonnet is thus made from 100% Viognier.

By the glass, this great white wine will display a golden and luminous color. The nose reveals a wide range of yellow and white fruits, with a gourmet hint of exotic fruits. The mouth is mineral, ample, with a good length carried by the freshness. 

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 8 C - 10 C. Good match with fish cooked in sauce!

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Domaine Boissonnets Saint Joseph Emisphere 2019

The Saint Joseph rouge de Boissonnet is the result of a blend of two, particularly distinct and complementary terroirs. The vines on the highlands of Serrières are balanced with the Syrah on the granite slopes of Saint Désirat. The latter are marked by maturity and beautiful southwest exposure. This vintage of Rhône Valley wines is a delight to share in its early youth. Intense and rustic nose, gourmet chews are the ingredients of success. In terms of food and wine pairings for tasting, choose a nice piece of red meat from the butcher.

Second Emisphère en Saint Joseph cuvée by Frédéric Boissonnet, it fully justifies its vintage status. On the nose, the wine displays small black fruits with spicy notes. On the palate, the salivating freshness finds its balance with very crunchy tannins. 

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 16 C - 18 C. Good match with Doe steak with honey

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Domaine Boissonnet Belive Saint-Joseph 2019

Domaine Boissonnet Belive Saint-Joseph 2019 expresses the power of the land that the deep roots from old vines pulled out. The heat of the hillsides allow a fine maturity, who bring silkiness and velvety texture., balanced tannins, fine and elegant. You will find a powerful wine with hints of ripe fruits, harmonious and round on the palate.Its elegance will charm you from his earliest age, but this wine have an ageing potential so wait 8 to 15 years 

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 16 C - 18 C. Good match with venison steak with honey.

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