The 2017 Saint-Péray Cuvée Prestige is also brilliant, with buttered citrus, peach, tangerine, and some salty characteristics all just about soaring from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant and layered, it shows the vintage’s richer, riper style yet has freshness, purity, and focus. This cuvée is 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, and spent ten months in barrel.
The 2017 Saint Peray Cuvee Prestige is a blend of 80% Marsanne (from 100-year-old vines) and 20% Roussanne. This full-bodied wine is richer and fresher than Robert's other Saint-Pérays. It boasts aromas of toasted marshmallow, pear and pineapple, a rich, textural feel on the palate and a long, clean and zesty finish. Lovely stuff, it should drink well for 6-7 years. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Stéphane Robert's winery sits perched on the side of the hill above the village of St-Péray, the domaine named for an old tunnel (which serves as a barrel hall) dug into the hill. The last whites of the day had been pressed, and the team was hosing down the crush pad when I arrived. Here, in St-Péray, Robert said, "The strength of the appellation is the ability to retain freshness, even in hot vintages." Robert likes the 2017s, saying they're between 2015 and 2016 in style. He says 2016 is a bit overshadowed by 2015 and 2017 but gives a lot of pleasure. "For me, 2017 and 2018 are like 2015, but 2015 is a bit harder, for longer cellaring," he said. "I prefer the style of 2017 and 2018." His 2017 Cornas offerings certainly looked impressive from barrel. (JC)
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