Rhone

It is in the north of the Rhone Valley, around Vienna, that was born the first great French wine, or rather Welsh, the allobrigicum, well known to the Romans. 2000 years later, these same granite hillsides still offer the country some of its greatest wines: Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Condrieu, Cornas. In this part of the valley, sometimes steep slopes, Syrah reigns supreme and produces intense red wines, structured that defy time. The white wines come from the viognier (Condrieu) or from an assemblage of marsanne and roussanne. Beyond Montélimar, the Rhone Valley is expanding and we are entering the Mediterranean world. The omnipresent vine extends on terraces and hillsides on both banks of the river. Syrah gives way to Grenache Noir which reaches under a generous sun a full maturity. Often assembled, it is the charm of the great wines of the South of the Rhone Valley through its wines (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas ...) and its regional appellations. The region also produces rosés of character (Tavel), sweet and fragrant whites and some rare mutated wines (Rasteau and Beaumes-de-Venise).

  • Andezon, Cotes Du Rhone, 2016

    Andezon, Cotes Du Rhone, 2016

    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate   "Long-time American readers should already know this wine, as it has been a staple in the Eric Solomon portfolio for more than a decade. The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Andezon is 100% Syrah, aged entirely in...

    $13.99
  • DOMAINE ALARY, Cairanne "La Brunote" 2015

    DOMAINE ALARY, Cairanne "La Brunote" 2015

    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "All grapes are harvested by hand and carefully sorted both in the field and on arrival at the vineyard. Maceration and fermentation takes place in temperature controlled steel tanks over 18-25 days with 2...

    $21.99
  • Domaine Le Couroulu Vacqueyras Cuvee Classique 2015

    Domaine Le Couroulu Vacqueyras Cuvee Classique 2015

    92 points Jeb Dunnuck  "A year in, year out no-brainer purchase is the classic release from Le Couroulu. The 2015 Vacqueyras Classique is no exception and offers classic notes of garrigue, black cherries, raspberries and leafy herbs. Medium to...

    $19.99
  • DOMAINE MARTINELLE, 2015 Ventoux Rouge

    DOMAINE MARTINELLE, 2015 Ventoux Rouge

    91 Points Wine Advocate  "I’ve always loved the reds from this estate, and their 2015 Cotes du Ventoux is one of the best. Made from 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre, it offers abundant notes of kirsch, black raspberries,...

    $19.99
  • Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits 2015

    Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas Aux Lieux-Dits 2015

    93 points James Suckling   "A fluid, fleshy and deeply structured wine with dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavors amid sturdy yet supple tannins. Good weight and presence."   91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "No surprise,...

    $29.99
  • E Guigal, Hermitage Rouge 2012

    E Guigal, Hermitage Rouge 2012

    Jancis Robinson "Bessards, Méal, Rocoule, Beaumes, Pierelles. A little bit of Murets. This is apparently a slow seller,' a shame, paradoxical'. Treacle and richness and mass on the nose. Some purity and drive. Chewy end and some freshness...

    $92.99
  • Gilles Robin, Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Papillon 2017

    Gilles Robin, Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Papillon 2017

    With its aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, black cherry, plum, then pepper and violet, this Crozes-Hermitage attracts us pleasantly. The palate is in continuity with a beautiful finesse of tannins, roundness and a fruity charmer. Supple, round...

    $23.99
  • LE VIEUX DONJON, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2015

    LE VIEUX DONJON, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2015

    95 points Jeb Dunnuck "I loved the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape from Claire Michel and it’s a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, mostly from rolled stone terroirs, that was partially destemmed...

    $65.99
  • Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Ventoux Les Traverses 2015

    Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Ventoux Les Traverses 2015

    Jancis Robinson "Punchy nose – much riper and darker than the Ventoux of old. Masses of juicy fruit inside a herby structure with some sweetness but noticeably cooler and fresher than lowland wines. GV" (4/2017) Blood orange, raspberry,...

    $12.99
  • St Cosme Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017

    St Cosme Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017

    91 points James Suckling "Beautiful, garrigue herbs and flowers across fragrant, red berries. The palate has a very deep-set, plush and ripe core of dark-berry flavors, amid glossy, ripe tannins. Great value."

    $15.99