Domaine Biguet (Jean-Louis Thiers)
Jean-Louis Thiers, who trained at the famous wine school in Beaune, is one of only a handful of winemakers who are first and foremost a producer of Saint Péray (although he also farms 1 hectare of Cornas vines split between two parcels in the climats of Combe and Saveaux). He lives in the tiny hamlet of Le Biguet, just south of Saint Péray and has 5 hectares of Saint Péray vines in total. Bottle-fermented, sparkling Saint Péray represents 75% of Jean-Louis’s wine production (he also cultivates apricots for which the area is also renowned) which is made exclusively from Marsanne and does not carry a vintage so that he can produce a consistent ‘house’ style. The rest of the production is split between an excellent, dry, still Saint Péray and an attractive, fruit-accentuated Cornas.