Saint-Péray: Domaine Rémy Nodin 'Cuvee Ernest' Mousseux Brut

Made from the earliest-picked grapes in the appellation, this Brut Nature bottling has no added sugar, giving a very pure expression of this rare Rhône sparkling wine. Blended from 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne that are grown on the Beylesse and Julière lieux-dits, it has a crisp, elegant acidity, rounded stone-fruit texture and fine mousse.

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Tasting Notes

From the early 1800s, the sparkling wines of Saint-Péray were lauded in the same sentence as Champagne but the ravages of phylloxera and unscrupulous 19th century négociants put paid to its reputation. Served to such luminaries as the Russian Tsars, Pope Pius VII and Queen Victoria, the appellation comprises some 98ha and was inaugurated in 1936. Sited on the western bank of the Rhône some 5km west of Valence, the rugged slopes of the Mialan valley are home to a cooler microclimate and a mix of limestone-clay and chipped granite soils with alluvial deposits make for differing styles depending on location. This blend of Marsanne and Roussanne comes from vines aged around 10 to 35 years old on average.

About this wine
StyleWhite Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Sparkling
Wine RegionRhône, Saint-Péray
Grape Variety (Cépage)Marsanne, Roussanne
Food & Wine MatchingChicken and Turkey, White Fish
VintageNon Vintage
CellarageDrink in first few years after release.
VinificationGrapes are hand-picked before a traditional vinification then blended before bottling with additional sugar and yeast to create a secondary fermentation in bottle. Aged on the lees in bottle for 9+ months.
Alcohol By Volume (%)13

Domaine Rémy Nodin

The oldest estate in Saint-Péray, Domaine Rémy Nodin is based around its fortified farmhouse 'La Beylesse'. Lying at the foot of the limestone escarpment crowned by the medieval ruined castle of Crussol, Rémy and Amandine Nodin are the fourth generation of the family to grow grapes on this site. Former co-operateurs, they brought winemaking back to the Domaine with their first vintage in 2008. They have a small flock of sheep to keep weeds and undergrowth under control plus provide natural fertilizer and have been certified organic since the 2022 vintage. With small parcels of vines in Cornas, Saint-Péray, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, they make various cuvées of red, white and sparkling white from Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne. Decanter Rhône expert Matt Walls called it 'an estate to watch.'


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