Episode 439 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and features Jean Gonon of Domaine Pierre Gonon in the Saint-Joseph appellation of France's Northern Rhône Valley. Domaine Pierre Gonon has moved to the top rank of Saint-Joseph producers today, and Jean Gonon is clear about the reason why: proper farming of old vines. Show More Summary
Extraordinary examples of these French wines from the northern Rhône Valley reveal the secrets of their place of origin.
In the northern Rhône Valley of France, Crozes-Hermitage can often be an afterthought. But the wines are rapidly improving.
This is another lovely wine in the Roberson Wine Christmas sale. It’s just lovely: benchmark Crozes from a negotiant working traditionally in the south. Arnoux & Fils Crozes-Hermitage ‘Petites Collines’ 2014 Northern Rhône, France 12.5% alcohol. Show More Summary
The Northern Rhone it the ancestral home to Syrah, and it’s dominated by family-run wineries. Names like Chapoutier, Chave, Perrin, and Guigal top the family tree here. There used to be another, too: Jaboulet, which was sold in 2006. Nicolas Jaboulet has […] The post Maison Nicolas Perrin 2013 Crozes-Hermitage (France) appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.
Dirk Niepoort is one of my favourite people on the planet. Last night we dined at Noble Rot, and shared some very special bottles. Chave Hermitage 1988 Northern Rhöne, France This bottle was pretty much perfect. In beautiful condition and still a deep, primary colour. Lovely detailed black cherries, spice, tar, pepper and meat notes, as well [...]
During the 13th century, a weary knight returned to France after fighting in the Crusades, and proceeded to hole himself up in a little hut atop a hill in the northern Rhône Valley. In 1937, this steep granite hill was amongst the first...Show More Summary
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2012 Hermitage Northern Rhône For generations, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave has focused on Syrah, planted in France’s Northern Rhône Valley... Ian Cauble
A couple of years ago, northern Rhone producer Graillot bought a couple of parcels of vines in Saint Amour, Beaujolais. They made their first wines in 2014, including this wine. They then bought 3 hectares in Fleurie, and the first vintage from these vines is the 2015. It’s so interesting to see all this interest [...]
These bottles convey the elemental aromas, flavors and emotions of appellations like Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Cornas, but in a more open, easier-going manner.
Some time around 200 BC, Romans moved into the northern Rhône and brought vines with them, making the Rhone Valley one of the oldest places with a French wine heritage. The wines of Côte Rôtie were being shipped to England by at least...Show More Summary
Episode 291 of I'll Drink to That has been posted, and it features Philippe Guigal, of E. Guigal Wines in France's Northern Rhône Valley. This was a surprising interview because Guigal is so familiar a name. We figure that we know what is going on with Guigal. Show More Summary
This is the sort of wine I just love, even though it’s one that probably needs to be drunk up now. It’s inexpensive but it’s authentic. It tastes of where it comes from: the northern Rhône, interpreted through the lens of Syrah. It’s not trying to be anything other than what it is, and I [...]
This is one of the best affordable wines I’ve had in a long time. It’s a Syrah from the Ardèche, and it’s just so brilliantly drinkable. Made by Cave Saint Desirat for Marks & Spencer, it manages to capture that northern Rhone Syrah quality. This is what M&S wine buyer Belinda Kleinig had to say [...]
Had a lovely long lunch yesterday. It was at Bread Street Kitchen, part of the Gordon Ramsay empire, located next to St Paul’s Cathedral. The dining room is huge. Really huge. Impressively huge. It’s beautifully finished in a faux vintage, semi-industrial style, but it’s really noisy. We could hardly hear the waitstaff as they talked to [...]
Regulars here will probably know that the northern Rhône is one of my favourite regions, and that I am crazy about cool-climate Syrah. It would be fair to say that negociant Vidal Fleury is not one of the northern Rhône’s elite producers, but they seem to be getting better, and this is a very smart [...]
The signature characteristic for syrah from the Northern Rhone is an alluring savory character with a note of black olives. This Copain Syrah, “Tous Ensemble,” 2011, comes from three vineyards in Mendocino County and sees nine months in neutral oak. Show More Summary
Cornas in the northern Rhône Valley offers the rare combination of northern Rhône finesse combined with southern sun.
Jean-Luc Colombo, based in Cornas, is a Rhone modernist. His Cornas wines aren’t in my favourite style, I’m afraid. But I do like the wines he makes when he tries less hard: I bought a case of his northern Rhone Vin du Pays a year or so back, made from declassified young vine Cornas fruit [...]
Northern Rhone whites are some of the unheralded stars of the wineworld. There’s a good story to this wine, too. Before around 1995, Jaboulet were one of the top producers in the northern Rhône. Something seemed to go wrong after this with the Jaboulet wines, and in 2006 the family sold to the Freys from [...]