Pale yellow-gold. Mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas, along with hints of beeswax, quinine and dusty minerals. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter lemon peel and pear skin flavors that flesh out and become sweeter with air. The mineral note drives a long, focused finish that leaves a suggestion of fennel behind.
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Saint-Péray is an tiny and underappreciated source of northern Rhône whites, mainly Marsanne, with some Roussanne in the mix. This barrel-fermented version is rich and full-bodied, boasting melon and pineapple fruit flavors that take on hints of creamed corn and citrus on the finish. Drink now.
Also beautiful, the 2015 St Péray La Belle de Mai checks in as 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne that’s from a mix of limestone and granite soils, vinified and aged in oak. It offers a terrific perfume of sautéed apples, vanilla bean, white peach and toasted bread to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, impeccably balanced feel on the palate. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
This offers a lush, buttery feel, with creamed melon and yellow apple fruit gliding along, accompanied by lemon shortbread and macadamia nut notes. What you see is what you get. Drink now.
Limpid gold. Fresh orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of honey, tarragon and orange zest. Ripe and fleshy on the palate, showing very good depth and power to the expansive ripe pear, nectarine and orange flavors. Finishes smooth and very long, displaying a resonating citrus note and building mineral and floral qualities.
Made from 70% Roussanne and 30% Marsanne that was aged all in older oak, the 2014 St Peray la Belle de Mai is named after the location in Marseille where Laure's great grandmother had a restaurant. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured and layered, it has rich aromas and flavors of sauted apples, spice and honeycomb. It's another high quality white from this team and it will have 4-5 years of longevity, although I see no reason to delay gratification.
A ripe, racy, unadorned style, with a pure beam of crushed plum and raspberry fruit, backed by subtle blood orange and violet notes. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.
Mirabelle plum, pear and mango notes are mixed here, with ginger and verbena accents lining the lightly toasted, brioche-framed finish. Flattering, but has good freshness. Roussanne and Marsanne
A flattering, creamy style, with a noticeable buttery edge alongside the macadamia nut, pear and melon notes. Solid for the style.
Vivid yellow. Ripe peach and pear skin on the nose, with complicating notes of honey, dusty mineral and white flowers. Supple, fleshy and expansive, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and a butter touch of citrus zest. Nicely combines richness and energy and closes with very good clarity and mineral-driven persistence.
Rich but fresh, with chamomile and orange blossom notes out front, followed by creamed white peach, melon and salted butter notes. The long finish offers a lovely mouthfeel.
Rich but fresh, with chamomile and orange blossom notes out front, followed by creamed white peach, melon and salted butter notes. The long finish offers a lovely mouthfeel. Drink now.
A rich, yet classy white...Exhibiting outstanding aromas of white peaches, honey, and flowers, it is medium-bodied, fresh and clean on the palate. Building in richness in the glass, its no lightweight, yet carries itself with grace and elegance. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years, possibly longer.
Bright gold. An expressive bouquet displays lemon zest, pear, candied ginger and bright minerality. Juicy, penetrating citrus and orchard fruit flavors are enlivened by chalky minerality and pick up a hint of bitter quinine with air. Vibrant and pure white wine, finishing with firm punch and lingering notes of ginger and bitter citrus zest.
Greenish yellow. An expressive bouquet shows ripe citrus fruits, pear and honeycomb, plus a hint of chamomile. Velvety, palate-coating orchard fruit flavors are a tad warm and show a gently spicy character. There is good breadth and length to the finish.
This wonderully perfumed St. Peray combines scents of tangerine, with hints of honey, truffly and peach. Then the ripe citrus and peach flavors take hold, coating the mouth with breadth and intensity and leaving a slightly mineral-saline finish. Drink now - 2012.
Ripe and flattering, with a heather honey note leading into melon, persimmon, peach and mango notes. A toasty hint weaves through the creamy, lightly buttered finish.