Thanks for the kind words, Salil.
I am very pleased to see that my second shot at the Saint Julien en Saint Alban terroir is not too far from the target...
Like I already explain, I think that I picked the 2009 grapes a little too late, by ignorance of the terroir, lack of experience and reference (no-one has made any wine in SJSA for the past 30 years...).
But the '09 was so well recieved that I was really worried that a lot of people will see it as a benchmark for this wine ( exactly like '09 bojos were THE vintage that revealed Beaujolais to a lot of CA pinot drinkers who are really dissapointed now with the fantastic 2010s).
2009 is a very early and sunny vintage, that I have seen only twice in the northern rhone in the past 15 years. So 2010 is the first "normal" vintage I have to deal with.
If SJSA is definitely a more gentle and civilized syrah than the Brézème, the plush, soft character of the 2009 is probably more a vintage thing than a terroir thing. IMO.
I'd say that 2010 is, for now, my own benchmark.
is my distributor in Belgium. I'll be there Nov 17-19! And yes, like in France, they see me as a négociant because 5000 bottles out of my total production of 75 000 is made from purchased grapes...