Rhône

1st April 2021

Northern Rhône

The narrow valley of the Rhône south of Lyon is the spiritual home of Syrah. Here the vineyards crawl up the steep slopes, largely on the west side of the river. As Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Cornas become steadily more expensive, we continue to champion the cause of St. Joseph, which shares similarly sparse soils derived from decayed granite.

Southern Rhône

The valley of the Rhône broadens out east and west of Orange, offering a huge hot, dry, windswept - the infamous Mistral - area perfect for the vine. The flat plain produces largely Côtes du Rhône, whilst the better villages - e.g. Cairanne or Sablet - or appellations - Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise - lie all, or in part, on the hills.

Southern Rhône reds are based on at least two-thirds Grenache, blended with any combination of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut, Carignan and others. Whites are fast improving, with modern, fresh styles based on Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Clairette.

Our Rhône Wines…

Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2019

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Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2019

 Juicy, unfiltered blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah: raspberryish mouthful, mildly spicy...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeESZ119

GrapeGrenache, Cinsault & Syrah

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Yann Chave, Hermitage, 2014

 Yann's Hermitage, all in new demi-muids, comes from plots in Beaumes (granitic) and...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHA314

GrapeSyrah/Shiraz

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Domaine de la Pigeade, Ventoux, Les Sables, 2017

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Domaine de la Pigeade, Ventoux, Les Sables, 2017

From 40% Grenache, 40% Carignan and 20% Syrah grown on sandy soils, this exemplifies Ventoux:...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodePIG617

GrapeRhone blend

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Clos des Papes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2011

Wonderfully suave example, always one of the top wines of the appellation, from the master Paul...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeCDP111

GrapeRhone blend

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Domaine Jérome Gradassi, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2015

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Jancis Robinson
Domaine Jérome Gradassi, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2015

Jérôme Gradassi's vineyards are all on the north side of Châteauneuf where the soils...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRD115

GrapeRhone varieties

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Domaine des Amadieu, Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2016, Magnum

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Domaine des Amadieu, Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2016, Magnum

50% Grenache, 20% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan, biodynamically farmed, from...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Magnum1.5l

CodeAMB916

GrapeGrenache, Syrah & Mourvedre

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Domaine Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Veille Vignes, 2015 Double Magnum

A double magnum, three litres, so four bottles of this wonderfully hearty southern Rhone. The...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle300cl

CodeCOW515

GrapeGrenache & Syrah

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Vignerons d'Estezargues, Organic Côtes du Rhône, 2019

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Vignerons d'Estezargues, Organic Côtes du Rhône, 2019

From halves of Grenache and Syrah. Dark and glossy purple. Tons of fruit: crunchy raspberry and...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeESZ219

GrapeGrenache & Syrah

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Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, Les Grames, 2017

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Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, Les Grames, 2017

Powerful mouthful of red fruit, almost sweet but with splendid mass and compact tannins....

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeESP317

GrapeGrenache & Syrah

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Espiers, Gigondas, Les Blaches, 2018

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Espiers, Gigondas, Les Blaches, 2018

Extravagantly flavoured, well-oaked example of tiny volume. 30% well-oaked Syrah brings mocha...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeESP218

GrapeSyrah & Grenache

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Domaine Monier Perreol, St Joseph Blanc, 2019

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Domaine Monier Perreol, St Joseph Blanc, 2019

Tasted from tank, to be bottled in March. The white St Joseph is from 35 year old vines. 100%...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeMOP819

GrapeMarsanne

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Domaine Monier Perreol, St Joseph, 2018

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Domaine Monier Perreol, St Joseph, 2018

The straight St Joseph,100% Syrah, comes from 30 year old vines near the cellar and goes into...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeMOP518

GrapeSyrah

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Domaine Monier Perreol, St Joseph, Terres Blanche, 2018

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Domaine Monier Perreol, St Joseph, Terres Blanche, 2018

The low yielding production of Terre Blanche (40% new oak, "chauffe moyenne" - medium...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeMOP118

GrapeSyrah

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Domaine des Amadieu, Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2019

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Domaine des Amadieu, Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2019

70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, bio-dynamically farmed (and certified), all in tank, this is...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeAMB119

GrapeGrenache

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Domaine des Espiers, Sablet, Cotes du Rhone Villages (9 mg), 2018

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Domaine des Espiers, Sablet, Cotes du Rhone Villages (9 mg), 2018

 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah:labelled 9mg as the wine has just 9 milligrams of free sulphur per...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeESP418

GrapeGrenache

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Yann Chave, Crozes Hermitage, 2018

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Yann Chave, Crozes Hermitage, 2018

 Yann's unoaked Crozes, 100% Syrah from organically farmed grapes. Deep colour, opaque....

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeCHA118

GrapeSyrah

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Pichat, Syrah, Cotes de Verenay, 2017

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Pichat, Syrah, Cotes de Verenay, 2017

Lightly oaked Syrah, from young vines within the Cote Rotie appelation(so it could legally be...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75

CodePID117

GrapeSyrah

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Amadieu, Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2017

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Amadieu, Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2017

Yves-Jean Houser is carving out a great reputation for his wines, from vines on the gentle...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeAMB317

GrapeGrenache, Mourvedre & Syrah

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Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Les Muses, 2015

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Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Les Muses, 2015

About 80% Mourvedre and some Syrah, so akin in blend to a red Bandol. Opaque. Black fruited...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeJON315

GrapeRhone blend

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Espiers, Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Diablotines, 2019

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Espiers, Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Diablotines, 2019

40% of both Clairette and Roussanne and 10% of both Bourbolenc and Viognier, organic and low...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75

CodeESP619

GrapeRhone Blend

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Amadieu, Cairanne Blanc, Haut de Beauregard, 2018

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Amadieu, Cairanne Blanc, Haut de Beauregard, 2018

Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Viognier (biodynamic, certified), barrel fermented and...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75

CodeAMB618

GrapeRhone Blend

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Domaine des Espiers, Côtes du Rhône, 2019

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Domaine des Espiers, Côtes du Rhône, 2019

 Philippe Cartoux’s Côtes du Rhône, 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah, all from...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75

CodeESP119

GrapeGrenache Noir

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Amadieu, Cairanne, Garrigues, 2019

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Amadieu, Cairanne, Garrigues, 2019

From 60% Grenache, 20% of each of Mourvèdre and Syrah, grown on the argilo-calcaire terraces...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75

CodeAMB219

GrapeGrenache Noir

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Domaine des Espiers, Sablet, Côtes du Rhône Villages (9mg), 2019

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Domaine des Espiers, Sablet, Côtes du Rhône Villages (9mg), 2019

75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, from vines largely on theslopes above the village of Sablet;...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeESP419

GrapeGrenache Noir

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Domaine Pichat, Cote Rotie, Champons, 2015

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Domaine Pichat, Cote Rotie, Champons, 2015

Stephane Pichat doesn't seek to make oaky blockbusters, seeking instead a more traditional...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePID315

GrapeSyrah

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Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Cuvée Classique, 2015

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Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Cuvée Classique, 2015

This is the principal wine at this estate, named after the curlew which adorns its labels. From...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCOW115

GrapeRhone blend

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Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Regard, 2016

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Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Regard, 2016

Mostly Syrah with Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Now-2023 Marine first adopted organic...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeJON116

GrapeRhone blend

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Yann Chave, Crozes-Hermitage, Le Rouvre, 2017

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Yann Chave, Crozes-Hermitage, Le Rouvre, 2017

 "A deeply herbal, resinous style of Crozes on the nose. It is full-bodied and rich in...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHA217

GrapeRhone blend

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Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Cuvee Vielles Vignes, 2015

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Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Cuvee Vielles Vignes, 2015

The Vieilles Vignes bottling is a very special Vacqueyras, from 60-year-old Grenache and Syrah,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCOW315

GrapeRhone blend

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