Isle Saint Pierre

The Story

Believe it or not, this estate is one of the more interesting ones I’ve visited in France. It’s not because the proprietors have the greatest terroir or the greatest wines. Rather, these guys are experimenting in the vineyards—and having great success—with daring, new techniques they’ve discovered themselves.  With palpable energy and passion, young Julien Henry spearheads the operation, though always relying on his father’s support and experience. Julien’s innovations in new vine training systems and high-efficiency farming allows him to keep the family’s organically farmed wines at significantly lower prices than almost anything else on the market. Unlike most wines in this price-point, nothing is lost in the journey from vineyard to bottle, resulting in these graceful, perfumed, perceptibly honest, and straightforward wines.

Lay of the Land

Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhone River, just 25km south of Arles and 15km from the sea. The vineyards, planted at the very heart of the Camargue region, stretch over 170 hectares around the island. The vines benefit from the deep, sandy alluvial soils, and summer’s heat is tempered by the proximity to the sea and wetlands surrounding the island. The recurrent winds of the Mistral help keep the vines clean and free of rot and other diseases. It’s a flat land, rich in the “good life,” with salty-rich, fresh off the boat seafood and simple but charming wines.

Isle Saint Pierre Rouge
Isle Saint Pierre Rouge

Isle Saint Pierre - 2017 Bouches du Rhône, Rouge

Price: $12.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic

Inside the Bottle: The problem with this wine is that its hard to keep in stock. Isle Saint Pierre makes many good wines for the price, but we put all of our stock in this wine because it is so friendly, pure and enjoyable for the price. Due to its geographical location in France, the blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot give this wine plenty of spring and freshness straight out of the glass. Unlike Bordeaux, the home of these varieties, this is high-toned with bright red and purple fruits, persian mulberry, flowers and fresh herbs of Provence. Deeper in the glass, middle eastern spices, licorice, nutmeg and black fruit sit lightly on the palate. These guys have really found a great complexity within this cheap and cheerful wine. It won't change your life, but it offers great simple pleasure when you need a glass of red wine without too much to think about.

The Wine

Inside the Bottle: The problem with this wine is that its hard to keep in stock. Isle Saint Pierre makes many good wines for the price, but we put all of our stock in this wine because it is so friendly, pure and enjoyable for the price. Due to its geographical location in France, the blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot give this wine plenty of spring and freshness straight out of the glass. Unlike Bordeaux, the home of these varieties, this is high-toned with bright red and purple fruits, persian mulberry, flowers and fresh herbs of Provence. Deeper in the glass, middle eastern spices, licorice, nutmeg and black fruit sit lightly on the palate. These guys have really found a great complexity within this cheap and cheerful wine. It won't change your life, but it offers great simple pleasure when you need a glass of red wine without too much to think about.

About The Wine

Inside the Bottle: The problem with this wine is that its hard to keep in stock. Isle Saint Pierre makes many good wines for the price, but we put all of our stock in this wine because it is so friendly, pure and enjoyable for the price. Due to its geographical location in France, the blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot give this wine plenty of spring and freshness straight out of the glass. Unlike Bordeaux, the home of these varieties, this is high-toned with bright red and purple fruits, persian mulberry, flowers and fresh herbs of Provence. Deeper in the glass, middle eastern spices, licorice, nutmeg and black fruit sit lightly on the palate. These guys have really found a great complexity within this cheap and cheerful wine. It won't change your life, but it offers great simple pleasure when you need a glass of red wine without too much to think about.