The Other Side of Gonon: 2014 Gonon St. Joseph Blanc "Les Oliviers"

Posted by Joe Salamone

The Gonon brothers have amassed a cult following for their St. Joseph Rouge, but their St. Joseph Blanc remains much more elusive.

This is the first time that we've been able to offer Gonon's Blanc. It's a very difficult wine to track down. If you look around, you'll only find a handful of listings.

White Rhônes can be a tricky category. The best can be amazing, but for better or worse our tastes are very selective. Gonon's is one of our absolute favorites.

If the best Hermitage Blancs show incredible depth and glycerol, Gonon's St. Joseph Blanc Les Oliviers is sterner in its acid and mineral backbone. The way that it ages is legendary. It can easily age for a couple decades. For us, it defines what's possible for St. Joseph Blanc.

Les Oliviers is special terroir for white grapes - it may very well be the best in the appellation. Taste Gonon's Blanc and you're immediately taken by its harmony, complexity and completeness. It's a wine of undeniable class. Pierre and Jean Gonon's father was one of the first to cultivate white grapes in the appellation, planting vines of Marsanne back in 1958. He clearly chose the site well.

The 2014 boasts a fascinating spectrum of citrus and orchard fruit, quince, smoke, honey, minerals and flowers. While there’s great density and depth, it’s balanced by superb energy.

2014 was a very strong vintage for white wines in the Northern Rhone. The wines offer a classic combination of concentration, elegance and purity. The 2014 St. Joseph Blanc is incredibly refined and graceful.

Pierre and Jean Gonon have a mastery of St. Joseph that is unparalleled. They have been making some of the most soulful and compelling wines in the Northern Rhône. This white offering has been a long time coming. We've been trying for years to land enough of this wine. Very happy to offer.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer

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