Technical Notes: Jérôme has chosen a non-interventionist, and perhaps even post-modernist, way to vinify his wines. The grapes are harvested by hand, (they are not de-stemmed), then are fermented and aged exclusively in lined concrete tanks. The wine undergoes a 4 to 6 week maceration, with regular délestages and pump-overs. The wine is then aged in tank for 6 to 9 months. It is lightly filtered, but not fined, before bottling.
Tasting Notes: The “Grand St. Paul” vineyard is contiguous with Jérôme’s Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards. The two vineyards are only separated by a small dirt road. Jérôme’s “Grand St. Paul” vineyard is filled with old Grenache vines, many over 80 years old. The combination of this great terroir, and its very old vines, makes some of the most interesting and complex Côtes du Rhône Villages that I have ever had. The wine is dark, almost black in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, olive, and garrigue spice dominate the nose. In the mouth notes of earth and leather give way to black cherry, plum, and blackberry fruit flavors. This is a serious with that belies its more humble appellation.