The Saint Peray AOC is smaller in size, covering just 90 hectares (222 acres). In the past, Saint Peray was famous for producing mostly sparkling wine, made from Roussanne and Marsanne. 90% of the wines were sparkling and only 10% were still wines. Today, it is the opposite: 90% of the AOC is producing still wines and only 10% is turned into sparkling wine. There are about 35 vignerons making Saint Peray.
Johann Michel Saint Peray Blanc has a shining golden yellow color. The wine is aromatic with white flowers such as acacia and honeysuckle. In the mouth, you will find some lanolin flavors as well as apricot and yellow ripe peach. The finish is long, delicate and balanced. Reminiscent of White Burgundy.
Great with fresh oysters, Grilled fish, Bresse Chicken cooked in a creamy sauce with morels ...
"I loved the 2021 Saint-Péray, a richer, more serious effort from this appellation that is undeniably on the uptick. Honeyed orange, tropical fruits, green almond, and some classy oak all define the nose, and it's medium-bodied, has a layered, round texture, integrated acidity, and a great finish. Give it a year."
- Jeb Dunnuck (Northern Rhône: The 2020s and 2021s, December 15th 2022), 94 pts
"Aniseed, tarragon, lemon verbena aromas. It’s fresh, with vibrant acidity. A really focused and vivid style of St-Péray. Well balanced oak work, and good length. From southeast-facing slopes at 280m altitude. Fairly young vines planted on sandy, silty clay soils. Vinified in stainless steel, then aged in three to four-year-old barrels for nine months. - Matt WALLS"
- Decanter (October 1st 2022), 92 pts
"The base 2019 Saint-Péray is brilliant and offers a gorgeous perfume of ripe apple and white currant fruits as well as mint and sappy white flowers, with ample background toast and nuttiness. Medium-bodied and concentrated, with both good acidity and a great mouthfeel, it's going to drink well for at least 5-7 years, most likely over a decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck (Northern Rhône: 2019s From Bottle, February 16th 2022), 93 pts
"Touches of vanilla and resin accent flavors of cantaloupe and pressed yellow apple in this 50/50 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne matured nine months in French oak. Full bodied and broad on the palate, it's brightened by tangerine acidity and a spicy finish marked by candied orange peel and bourbon spice. At peak now through 2024, the wine could hit a second stride from around 2030. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (April 2022), 90 pts
"Starting with the two whites from the young yet talented Johann Michel, the 2018 Saint-Péray has an exotic, sappy, green edge as well as notes of white currants, brioche, and honeyed minerality, with even a hint of mint. Medium-bodied, balanced, and concentrated, with a kiss of salinity, it’s a classic Saint Péray to enjoy over the coming 2-4 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (December 12th 2019), 91 pts
"The 2017 Saint-Péray Blanc from Michel checks in as an even split of Marsanne and Roussanne that was brought up all in neutral oak. It’s an outstanding wine as well as a terrific value. Notes of orchard fruits, honeyed minerality, white flowers, and hints of brioche all give way to a medium to full-bodied concentrated, yet elegant Saint-Péray that has good acidity, notable balance, and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 92 pts
Johann Michel is a self-taught winemaker who discovered his passion while tasting old bottles of wine with his grandfather. His first vintage was 1997. He works alongside his wife Emmanuelle, ...