Perret’s approach to winegrowing is classic: respect each individual terroir—he produces several single-vineyard wines—and work the soil to avoid the need for chemical treatments. His goal is to make fresh, structured wines, in “a sort of Burgundian style” as he says, but without too much wood; wines that aren’t too worked over and will age well. His Condrieu bottlings are reference points for the entire appellation. In 1995 André built a new cellar, but he has never expanded beyond the very best terroirs and keeps the estate small so he can maintain his standards of manual labor in the vineyards and individual attention to all of his wines.
Andre Perret Saint Joseph Blanc 2015
“A wine you don’t see very often, Perret’s 2015 Saint Joseph Blanc is a perfumed, classic white from the northern part of the northern Rhône Valley. Made from a mix of Marsanne and Roussanne, it has fabulous notes of buttered pears, toasted spice and caramelized citrus in its medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant, beautifully textured and balanced style. It’s just another killer white from this incredible winemaker.” 92 points Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate. Tasted Dec 2016