2011 St Joseph Rouge, Préface, Domaine Pierre-Jean Villa

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The Preface in 2011 seems more elegant and finely-honed than its forebears, maybe the result of reducing the elevage a touch, maybe because the vineyards are perfectly located to benefit from optimal exposure to the sun, always an advantage in vintages such as this. Whatever the reasons, the wine is first class. Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer Pierre-Jean’s decade as the régisseur at les Vins de Vienne, taking daily control of winemaking as the eminences grises Gaillard, Cuilleron and Villard supervised from a distance, has clearly rubbed off. His Seyssuel wine is outstanding and fantastically diff