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Producer: Alain Voge, Article: The Northern Rhône: 2017 and 2018

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2018 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Harmonie

The 2018 Saint-Péray Harmonie is another outstanding wine, showing a slightly fresher, medium-bodied yet concentrated style that has more citrus, white flowers, and classic salty minerality. Based all on Marsanne and a mix of terroirs, it’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $35 1

The 2018 Saint-Péray Harmonie is another outstanding wine, showing a slightly fresher, medium-bodied yet concentrated style that has more citrus, white flowers, and classic salty minerality. Based all on Marsanne and a mix of terroirs, it’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2018 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Ongrie

The 2018 Saint-Péray Ongrie should be outstanding. It’s a richer, medium to full-bodied, yet still elegant Saint-Péray. Notes of white currants, brioche, and a touch of honey all emerge from the glass, and it’s nicely balanced and has good acidity.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $45 1

The 2018 Saint-Péray Ongrie should be outstanding. It’s a richer, medium to full-bodied, yet still elegant Saint-Péray. Notes of white currants, brioche, and a touch of honey all emerge from the glass, and it’s nicely balanced and has good acidity.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2018 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur De Crussol

The flagship, the 2018 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol is all Marsanne brought up in 30% new 400-liter barrels. It has a more full-bodied, layered style as well as a similar white currant and orchard fruits, toasted nuts, and honeyed nuances. Unformed and unevolved, it will require 2-4 years of bottle age.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $55 1

The flagship, the 2018 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol is all Marsanne brought up in 30% new 400-liter barrels. It has a more full-bodied, layered style as well as a similar white currant and orchard fruits, toasted nuts, and honeyed nuances. Unformed and unevolved, it will require 2-4 years of bottle age.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2018 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes

Leading off the reds, the saturated purple-hued 2018 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes offers a primordial bouquet of blueberries, liquid violets, ground pepper, and rare steak. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent on the palate, it has remarkable purity of fruit as well as fine tannins. This beautiful Cornas will drink nicely for 15-20 years.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $75 1

Leading off the reds, the saturated purple-hued 2018 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes offers a primordial bouquet of blueberries, liquid violets, ground pepper, and rare steak. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent on the palate, it has remarkable purity of fruit as well as fine tannins. This beautiful Cornas will drink nicely for 15-20 years.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2018 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles

More violets, lavender, pen ink, and minty herb notes, as well as gorgeous gamey Cornas fruit all, emerge from the 2018 Cornas Les Chailles. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully textured, it's another brilliant wine from this estate. This cuvée comes from a mix of lieux-dits (Combe, Les Saveaux, Cayret, Les Mazards, Chaillot, and Chapuzes), was completely destemmed and was brought up all in used barrels.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $55 1

More violets, lavender, pen ink, and minty herb notes, as well as gorgeous gamey Cornas fruit all, emerge from the 2018 Cornas Les Chailles. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully textured, it's another brilliant wine from this estate. This cuvée comes from a mix of lieux-dits (Combe, Les Saveaux, Cayret, Les Mazards, Chaillot, and Chapuzes), was completely destemmed and was brought up all in used barrels.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2018 Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes

This estate makes a terrific Saint-Joseph, and the last of the barrel samples, the 2018 Saint Joseph Les Côtes, is another winner. With a beautiful perfume of flowery incense, lavender, spice box, wild strawberries, and blueberries, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a plush, rounded texture, and ripe sweet tannins that make it already hard to resist. It's going to just sing with 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $45 1

This estate makes a terrific Saint-Joseph, and the last of the barrel samples, the 2018 Saint Joseph Les Côtes, is another winner. With a beautiful perfume of flowery incense, lavender, spice box, wild strawberries, and blueberries, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a plush, rounded texture, and ripe sweet tannins that make it already hard to resist. It's going to just sing with 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2017 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur De Crussol

The 2017 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol is more classic Marsanne with its toasty, powerful, mineral-laced style. It’s medium to full-bodied, has terrific balance, and a clean, crisp finish. This cuvée always takes 2-4 years of bottle age to show at its best, so do your best to hide bottles in the cellar.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $40 2

The 2017 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol is more classic Marsanne with its toasty, powerful, mineral-laced style. It’s medium to full-bodied, has terrific balance, and a clean, crisp finish. This cuvée always takes 2-4 years of bottle age to show at its best, so do your best to hide bottles in the cellar.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2017 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Ongrie

Moving to the two 2017s from bottle, the 2017 Saint-Péray Ongrie is all Marsanne that spent 13 months on fine lees in 30% new barrels. It has an exotic nose of lemon curd, quince, and lime zest as well as a medium to full-bodied, seamless style on the palate. This cuvée was previously named Cuvée Boisées, then Terres Boisées, all referring to its élevage in barrel and on lees, for which Alain Voge was the pioneer in Saint-Péray thirty years ago. It was then renamed Ongrie in 2015.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $30 2

Moving to the two 2017s from bottle, the 2017 Saint-Péray Ongrie is all Marsanne that spent 13 months on fine lees in 30% new barrels. It has an exotic nose of lemon curd, quince, and lime zest as well as a medium to full-bodied, seamless style on the palate. This cuvée was previously named Cuvée Boisées, then Terres Boisées, all referring to its élevage in barrel and on lees, for which Alain Voge was the pioneer in Saint-Péray thirty years ago. It was then renamed Ongrie in 2015.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2017 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles

As to the 2017s from bottle, the 2017 Cornas Les Chailles is brilliant, and readers should snatch it up. Rocking blueberries, blackberries, ground pepper, leafy herbs, violets, and graphite notes all flow to a textured, opulent Cornas that has sweet tannins, no hard edges, and flawless balance. It's brilliant bottle of wine that's going to knock it out of the park on the value scale. As with the 2018, it’s from a mix of terroirs, was destemmed, and brought up in used barrels.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $40 2

As to the 2017s from bottle, the 2017 Cornas Les Chailles is brilliant, and readers should snatch it up. Rocking blueberries, blackberries, ground pepper, leafy herbs, violets, and graphite notes all flow to a textured, opulent Cornas that has sweet tannins, no hard edges, and flawless balance. It's brilliant bottle of wine that's going to knock it out of the park on the value scale. As with the 2018, it’s from a mix of terroirs, was destemmed, and brought up in used barrels.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

2017 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes

The 2017 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is cut from the same mold yet has a touch more tannins as well as mid-palate density. Notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, camphor, toasted spice, and smoked game all soar from the glass, and it's full-bodied, power-packed, yet elegant and seamless on the palate. Its wealth of fruit largely conceals plenty of underlying structure, and while it's already fun to taste, give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years or more. The old vine cuvée comes from the Combe, Patou, La Côte, Les Mazards, and Chaillot lieu-dits, from 60+-year-old vines, was 80% destemmed and spent 20 months in 15-20% new French oak.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.

  $80 2

The 2017 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is cut from the same mold yet has a touch more tannins as well as mid-palate density. Notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, camphor, toasted spice, and smoked game all soar from the glass, and it's full-bodied, power-packed, yet elegant and seamless on the palate. Its wealth of fruit largely conceals plenty of underlying structure, and while it's already fun to taste, give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years or more. The old vine cuvée comes from the Combe, Patou, La Côte, Les Mazards, and Chaillot lieu-dits, from 60+-year-old vines, was 80% destemmed and spent 20 months in 15-20% new French oak.

While Albéric Mazoyer continues to lend a hand here, Lionel Fraisse is now firmly in charge and is doing a fabulous job. Despite leading with their fruit, these are classic, traditionally made wines that come from great terroirs, are mostly destemmed, and are brought up in primarily neutral barrels.