For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David Moore profiles Jean-Francois Jacouton from Saint-Joseph in the Northern Rhone, added with the 11th edition for the first time.
>> Jean-François Jacouton (Saint-Joseph)
This small artisan domaine is a relatively new name in Saint-Joseph, with cellars in the village of Vion to the north of Tournon on the west bank of the Rhône. Established in 2016, prior to this Jean-François Jacouton worked in the cellars at Domaine DURAND in Cornas. Domaine wines are produced from vineyards in Saint-Joseph as well as IGP Collines Rhodannienes and forward IGP de l’Ardèche comprising a white “Tentation” from Marsanne and Chasselas and a Syrah “A deux pas”. From other vineyard sources than Jacouton’s own domaine, very good Condrieu and a Cornas “Terre de Feu” are now made.
Jacouton vineyards at Saint-Joseph overlooking the Rhône
The Condrieu offers restrained honeyed, peachy flavours and a background mineral, citrus quality. Cornas is full and structured with dark, spicy fruit. A further red Saint-Joseph is also made, “Sortilege”. The red Saint-Joseph Pierre d’Iserand is finely crafted and is a medium, elegant style with a hint of herb spice and white pepper underpinning the black fruits. The white Saint Joseph is very sylish, from a blend of Roussanne and Marsanne. It is barrel fermented in used casks and aged on lees. There are an abundance of white and citrus fruit tones as well as a mineral edge. The very well priced Granit is an excellent alternative to a lighter Condrieu, from vines grown in granite soils. (DM)
Cornas Terre de Feu ★★★★ £E
Saint-Joseph Pierre d’Iserand ★★★✩ £D
Condrieu ★★★★ £F
Saint-Joseph Souvenirs d’André ★★★★ £D
IGP Collines Rhodannienes Granit Viognier ★★★✩ £C
Ownership and Contact
16. Impasse Banc, 07610 Vion
Tel: 06 88 75 81 45
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