B-21 Top Recommendation
High up in the hills, overlooking the Northern Rhône River below, Monsieur Monier is the third generation to farm his family's vineyards in the lieu-dit of Brunieux, a very special spot in Saint Joseph. Now in his early sixties, he recalls the ways of his father, when thoughts of exports and estate bottling were foreign to this town of 700 inhabitants; when trading estate-grown apricots for electrical work was more important than making a living selling wine. In his father's day, grapes were sold to the local co-op, and it wasn't until Jean-Pierre took over that these 30-45 year-old vines began receiving the attention they were due. Following in the steps of Biodynamic professionals in Germany, Monier saw his estate certified Biodynamic by 2006, placing him and his vineyards in an elite, albeit small class of growers. Known as the STGT (Soil to Glass Transfer) group – a category developed by Northern Rhône expert, John Livingstone-Learmonth – these winemakers "survived the onslaught of marketing campaigns, press hype, fashions in winemaking, and wine school orthodoxies" to produce wines vividly true to their origins. You haven't experienced Saint Joseph until Monier's wines have been in your glass. Today, that opportunity has come.
Serious, old vines, low yields, from a great vintage, and our pal Kermit Lynch represents this domaine - that says a lot.
94 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Jun 2016)
Inky ruby. Highly aromatic scents of raspberry, Asian spices and violet, with a bright mineral element contributing precision. Spicy and penetrating, showing excellent clarity to its lively flavors of red berries, floral pastilles and spicecake. This graceful, mineral-driven wine displays potent floral and spice character on the long, sappy, gently tannic finish.
90-92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Dec 2014)