Domaine Bernard Gripa lies in the small village of Mauves on the West bank of the majestic Rhône. To the North is Vienne and Valence is to the South. The village of Mauves faces steep mountain slopes terraced into vineyards. Part of the Domaine’s fine reputation comes from its top quality Saint Péray wines. The appellation is lesser known, but savvy wine connoisseurs are wise to its incredible value. “Les Pins” is made from old vines, more than 40 years old. It has a lively nose of stone fruit, flower and stony minerality. The palate is refreshing, with a beautiful rich mouth fill. It will accompany seafood perfectly. Perfect to drink in its youth. 70% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne.
The larger production release from St Péray is the 2015 Saint Péray les Pins. It reveals notes of honeyed minerality, salt block, ripe white peach and white flower notes in an ultra-pure, impeccably balanced, seamless package. Readers looking to understanding St Péray and not break the bank are well advised to check this out.
Covering 16 hectares in St Joseph and St Péray, Domaine Gripa is run today by the incredibly talented Fabrice Gripa, with aid from his father, Bernard. This is a fabulous estate that fashions classic, age-worthy, high quality reds and whites. Truthfully, you can’t go wrong with any of these, and I put my money where my mouth is with regard to these wines.