Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Syrah is a single vineyard 100% Syrah made by Katie Jones in the South of France at her winery in the village of Tuchan near Maury. This was the first release in Katie’s Les Perles de Jones range which now includes La Perle Rare Grenache Gris.
The wine-making philosophy at Domaine Jones is to employ traditional, down–to-earth farming methods and innovative winemaking techniques to capture the characteristics of the terroir and the local area. Domaine Jones wines are only produced in very small quantities – this truly is boutique wine-making. Katie Jones has recently acquired some more vineyards in the village of Tuchan and many of are planted with low yielding old vines with some up to 100 years old. They vineyards are planted with a mix of different grape varieties, co-planted in the same vineyard in place, which was a common way of planting in the early part of last century.
Katie Jones was originally working for a local wine co-operative when she fell in love with some old vine vineyards around the village of Tuchan in the department of Aude, not far from Maury. Katie initially made Domaine Jones Red and White from her own vineyards and later purchased a vineyard in Fitou. Today she even more projects including the Along Came Jones range. Katie is married to French winemaker Jean-Marc Astruc whose family also have vineyards in Fitou.
Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Syrah is made from a single vineyard near Tuchan, called Falandrin, on the Languedoc Roussillon border. The vines here were propagated from vines sourced from the Cote Rotie and the soil is a mixture of chalky clay and schist with good drainage and moisture retention. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation takes place in 2 open-topped 400 litre oak barrels. Destalking is done by hand and someone actually gets into the barrels to do the pigeage! After 10 days the wine is pressed and aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels.
Only 3 barrels of the Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Syrah were produced.