Maison Les Alexandrins is the newly renamed collaboration between Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of...
the eponymous winery in Tain, winemaker Guillaume Sorrel and viticulturalist Alexandre Caso. Each person brings their expertise to this micro-négociant, an extension of Domaine Les Alexandrins, established in 2015. The aim of Maison Les Alexandrins remains the same: to buy parcels of fruit from some of the top growers in each appellation in the Northern Rhône. Maison and Domaine Les Alexandrins will soon be a permanent fixture in the Northern Rhône with a new winery under construction in Tain-l’Hermitage.
The soil in Saint Joseph is mainly composed of granite. The vineyard spreads out 60km along the right bank of the Rhône river. The aim of the winemakers was to make a balanced wine using grapes from two different locations: from the north of the appellation, which bring minerality and fruit, and from the historical centre of Saint Joseph that give more flesh to the wine. The blending makes wines with great distinction and wonderfully balanced.
For the appellations of the northern Rhône Valley, 2015 was a truly exceptional year, almost without precedent. After a mild, wet winter and particularly high temperatures in spring, summer brought a heatwave even hotter than 2003. Welcome rain arrived in abundance in mid-August, followed anew by glorious sunshine and a providential wind that guaranteed perfect sanitary conditions and a regular and rapid ripening of the grapes. And so the harvest benefited from optimum conditions during the first two weeks of September.
The grapes were cold-macerated for three days before being fermented to increase the aromas of fruit. They were then fermented for 20 days with pumping-over for the first two days followed by punching-down. The blend was then left to age in one and two year old barrels for 10 months to bring concentration to the wine.
Deep ruby in colour. An intense bouquet, rich with notes of wild fruit. The palate is complex, with soft tannins. This powerful wine has a distinct elegance to it.