94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The least expensive release is the 400-case 2015 Côte Rôtie La Sybarine, which comes from two terroirs, the Le Goutay and the le Mollard, and is 100% Syrah that was mostly destemmed and aged in older barrels. It offers beautiful black and blue fruits, leafy herbs, olive tapenade and a touch of minerality in an elegant, medium to full-bodied style. It should be a smoking value!"
"Baked fruits on the nose, with a very dark, deep palate which gives little away. Full of black olive and dark chocolate flavour – a real vin de garde. Impressive but impenetrable – needs bottle age. 17.5/20 points. (RH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Garon family has been in Ampuis for many generations but only began re-planting abandoned vineyards in the early 1980s, and made their first wine in 1995. Their parcel on the Côte Brune is a beautful south-facing amphitheatre directly above La Landonne. The backyard of their home ascends into their parcels on the Côte Blonde: Le Goutay, Combard, Lancement, Mollard and Triottes. Traditionalists and vineyard workers by nature, the walls and terraces are well-maintained by Jean-Francois and sons Kevin and Fabien. "Wine is made in the vineyard," say the Garons. Kevin, mostly in charge of the cellar, says "I reject the idea of the 'winemaker' – I'm seeking a more Burgundian style; I've learned to extract less." The Garons want their wines to be pleasurable at a young age so there is a high percentage of de-stemming, depending on the vineyard and vintage – "after all, even the Romans de-stemmed" says Kevin. The Garons have a unique style of their own, not strictly traditional or modern, but anchored in great vineyard work and minimal intervention in the cellar. La Sybarine: From 25 year-old vines in Goutay and Mollard on the lower slopes of the Côte Blonde. Granite sub-soil with clay and pebbly sand topsoil. Aged 18 months in old barriques. On 100% granite soils, is the most forward and open of the Garon Côte-Roties. This has lovely cherry and blackberry liqueur aromas with hints of spice and violets. The palate is ripe but with good acidity and lift, and with good underlying mineral character.