Saint Joseph 2021
Domaine Francois Merlin

Saint Joseph 2021
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£367.20 for 12 Save 10% (£30.60 each)

François Merlin, a trailblazing winemaker in the Northern Rhône, has crafted a St-Joseph Syrah that balances elegance and energy, evident from its peppered, floral nose to its vibrant fruit. Cultivated in sandy soils at an altitude tempering the Rhône's heat, the wine boasts depth and minerality. Garnering a 94/100 from Decanter and 18/20 from Jancis Robinson, it pairs divinely with chocolate, meats, and cheeses and promises to age gracefully until 2032.

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Saint Joseph 2021



  • François Merlin, a passionate first-generation winemaker in the Northern Rhône, stands out as one of the most exciting names in the region today
  • High accolades: 94/100 from Decanter, and 18/20 from Jancis Robinson MW
  • Notably affordable for its exceptional quality
  • François's unique pairing suggestion: A slab of chocolate

tasting profile:

  • Nose showcases cracked black pepper, clove, sandalwood, smoky hints, violets, and fresh blueberries
  • Palate reveals pure, elegant fruit with pronounced concentration and a touch of nutmeg
  • Integrated tannins and fresh acidity bring balance and energy
  • Overall, a refined, vibrant, and balanced St-Joseph

in the vineyard

  • Located on the northernmost tip of the renowned Saint-Joseph appellation
  • Vineyard altitude sits at 300 meters above sea level. This altitude provides a reprieve from the intense heat of the Rhône, contributing to the wine's lifted and fragrant character
  • Predominantly planted with Syrah, known for producing rich and aromatic wines
  • Grown in sandy soils, which can stress the vines, resulting in more concentrated fruit flavours
  • Merlin planted his initial St-Joseph vines in 1989, under the mentorship of the notable René Rostaing

in the winery 

  • Merlin, predominantly self-taught, showcases lush fruit flavours with masterful precision
  • Traditional fermentation occurs in open-top vessels using indigenous yeasts
  • Ageing is carefully managed in aged barrels
  • Despite regional climate challenges, the wines exhibit pronounced depth and minerality


  • François personally recommends enjoying this wine with a slab of chocolate. It's also delicious with

    with Wagyu beef, lamb chops, game dishes like venison, duck breast, roasted poultry, or a selection of cheeses

  • It's singing now, but can age gracefully until 2032

in the press

94 PTS  DECANTER - "Gorgeously fresh, aerial nose, brimming with violets and pounded blueberries. A touch of nutmeg adds to the scent. Smooth, rounded, and surprisingly sweetly approachable for a 2021 St-Joseph....Wonderful energy, vibrancy and balance here, a real winner among 2021 St-Josephs." - Matt Walls - Decanter

18/20 - JANCIS ROBINSON - "Tasted blind. Fascinating nose, cracked black pepper, clove, sandalwood and spice with a subtle ashy smoky note. Great purity of fruit on the palate, light and elegant but with great concentration. Really beautiful seamless tannins and fresh acidity that gives such energy through the wine. Very elegant, restrained and refined. Wonderful." - Alistair Cooper MW -