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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).

  • Gigondas

    La Bastide St-Vincent, Gigondas 2017

    91 points Wine Enthusiast"Perfumed and elegantly mineral, this unoaked blend of Grenache (75%), Mourvèdre and Syrah (10%) was sourced from a diverse array of Gigondas soil types. Full bodied and profoundly ripe, it has restrained elegance, filling...

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  • Cornas

    Alain Verset, Cornas 2017

    94 points Vinous"Shimmering ruby. Mineral-accented dark berries, smoked meat and licorice on the incisive nose. Appealingly sweet black raspberry and boysenberry flavors show fine delineation and pick up a sexy floral nuance with air. Displays strong,...

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  • Rasteau Red Wine

    Domaine Fond Croze, Rasteau 2018

    92 points Wine Enthusiast"Rich, concentrated flavors of black-cherry menthol and spiced-plum compote abound in this blend of Grenache (80%), Syrah (10%) and Mourvèdre (10%) sourced from vines averaging 50 years in age. It's a big, warming red...

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  • Vacqueyras

    Domaine La Garrigue, Vacqueyras 2018

    93 points Wine Enthusiast"Sun-kissed raspberries and rose petals perfume this bright, penetrating blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It's a surprising contrast to this producer's equally delicious but significantly brawnier 2017...

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  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape

    Saint Galet, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018

    Vinous Reverie NotesRestaurant shutdowns in France, combined with those "over 14%" Q1 tariffs, meant a once-in-a-lifetime (narrow) window of buying opportunity. This beauty of a Chateauneuf was blended from the ground up by Eric Bonnet of...

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  • Cotes du Rhone Red Wine

    Plan Pegau, Lot #15-#16-#17

    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"Feraud's NV Vin de France Plan Pegau Lot #15-16-17 is produced from Pegau-owned plots outside Châteauneuf du Pape. The multi-vintage blend includes varieties not entitled to be grown in Rhône...

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  • Cote-Rotie

    Domaine Garon, La Sybarine Cote-Rotie 2015

    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...

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  • Vacqueyras

    Domaine de la Brunely, Vacqueyras 2018

    4 out of 5 stars - John Livingstone-Learmonth"(concrete vat) dark robe; the bouquet bears a brewed black fruit aroma, with some intensity, a little smokiness. The palate attacks surely, gets off and goes, widely with good length, too. This engages...

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  • Hermitage Red Wine

    Cave de Tain, Hermitage 2014

    93 points Wine Enthusiast"Hints of charcuterie and dried fennel lend savory complexity to pristine black-plum and cherry flavors on the medium bodied and supple palate. It's edged by firm but dusty tannins and a peppery freshness. Approachable but very...

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  • Cotes du Rhone Red

    Clos Chanteduc, Cotes du Rhone 2013

    Vinous Reverie NotesClos Chanteduc is a hilltop property that was purchased by Patricia & Walter Wells in 1984. Patricia Wells – journalist, author, and cooking teacher – is an American who has lived in Paris since 1980. She is the author...

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  • Vacqueyras Red Wine

    Domaine du Terme, Vacqueyras 2017

    91 point Wine Enthusiast"Primary blueberry and black-plum flavors abound in this silky, comforting blend of Grenache (80%) and Syrah (20%). It’s a plush, full-bodied sip accented by a touch of dusty minerality and smoothed over by fine, feathery...

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