2017 Guy Farge "Grain de Silex" Saint-Peray Blanc

SKU #1377649 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An unusual blend of 90% Roussanne with 10% Marsanne, the 2017 Saint Peray Grain de Silex is a perennial star. Honeyed orange marmalade on the nose pick up hints of melon and citrus on the fresh, lively finish. Medium to full-bodied, it's weighty on the palate yet turns zesty and refreshing on the finish. (JC)  (12/2018)

Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2017 Saint-Péray Grain De Silex is good value and is predominantly Roussanne with 10% Marsanne. It offers lively spiced citrus, lemon, and sappy green herbs notes as well as a vibrant, medium-bodied, balanced style on the palate.  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Guy Farge took over the management of his family estate in 1980. Originally, he sold his fruit to the Cave de Tain (where he worked) and then to Delas. In 2007, he began producing wines under his own label. Each year, the wines have grown and evolved as has Guy's winemaking prowess. Now working with his son Thomas, each bottling represents some of the best we have seen from his primarily granitic terroirs. The "Grain de Silex" is the only wine not on granitic soils though. It comes from Saint-Peray which is south of Cornas and more famous for its clay and limestone. It is a blend of 90% Roussanne and 10% Marsanne fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in stainless steel tanks. It is a white wine of finesse with subtle flavors of apricots, jasmine, and flint.


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Varietal:

Marsanne

- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 13
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