Hello friends. Jon Meuret has been kind enough to offer our list a last-call opportunity on one of our most well-received Syrahs of the year: his 2013 Voyageur. We’ve received a number of inquiries about this wine since Wine Spectator Insider published a sparkling review earlier this month, and then it was featured again in Wine Spectator Advance.
The low production (196 cases) of this wine means it only has a puncher’s chance of winding up in Spectator’s Top 100 (I’d put the odds at 10-20%), but it also means there was never much of this wine to go around, and certainly not after a strong Spectator review comes out. We have a hold on a small parcel until we place our order next Monday morning, so please do try to get all order requests in by Sunday night, and we’ll do our best to fulfill them.
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITH HELD]. 94pts.”
This was originally offered on June 12 of this year. Excerpts from that offer: Very exciting offer today, as we have Jon Meuret’s first foray into single-vineyard Rocks District fruit. Better yet: it comes with a price starting with a ‘3’. It has been almost exactly two years since we last offered one of Jon’s Syrahs (June 18, 2014 was our last Maison Bleue Syrah offer). And a compelling argument could be made that the finest expression of Jon’s winemaking over the years has been his single-vineyard Syrahs. That’s why I’m thrilled to be writing about today’s wine.
After years of producing peaches and apples for the Waliser family, Yellow Jacket Vineyard was first planted to wine grapes down in the Rocks in 1999. Cabernet Sauvignon went in first, and Syrah followed two years later, in 2001, making these some of the oldest Syrah vines in this tiny, wonderful district. As you can see from the vineyard location, this site sits smack in the middle of the Rocks District.
This was fermented with 75% whole clusters and then aged in large (450-liter) French oak (30% new) for 21 months. The nose kicks off with blackberry fruit, lovely loamy earthy notes, and an unmistakable thread of black olive. In the mouth, this has the signature Rocks high-pH mouthfeel: liquid silk, so full of pleasure, such an easy wine to love. It also possesses that wonderful Rocks sense of umami: like someone added a tablespoon of miso paste to the barrel. There are savory subtleties galore here. The one I jotted down was “country ham,” and that’s just one attempt to capture all the salty meaty glories swirling around in this wine.
It is becoming rarer and rarer still to access single-vineyard Rocks Syrah at anything less than $50. That’s going to put some sales pressure on this wine. And when reviews start to come out (none yet for this beauty), I suspect that will be all she wrote. [Ed note: I was prescient!]
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.