New from the Northern Rhône!

The vineyards on the steep, hilly slopes along France’s river Rhône between Ampuis (30km south of Lyon) and Valence (90km further south) are producing some of the most exciting wines in the world right now! The combination of some of the most dynamic, quality-focussed family domaines in France and 2 great vintages for the region’s wines (2015 for reds and 2016 for whites) Should not be missed!

The delicious 2016 whites from Yves Cuilleron

Quite simply I have come across no better white winemaker in the Northern Rhône than Yves Cuilleron.
From steep, granite slopes bordering the river he produces wonderfully dry, intense and mineral St Joseph Blancs from the Marsanne and Roussanne grapes, and deliciously fruity, aromatic, zesty Viogniers at all price levels. Don’t miss his “basic” Viognier, grown in the hills just south of the famous appellation of Condrieu (les Collines Rhodaniennes ) and labelled “Les Vignes à Côté” this is benchmark, apricot-packed Viognier with freshness and elegance at a great price! And slightly more expensive, his range of fine, fresh and complex Condrieus, from France’s smallest Appellation Controllée, is fantastic!

The magnificent 2015 reds from Domaine Garon and Vincent Paris

2015 was the vintage of a lifetime for Northern Rhône reds, producing perfectly ripe, balanced, wonderfully-structured Syrah grapes. Both Domaine Garon in Côte Rôtie and Vincent Paris in Cornas are small, family producers of the very highest quality, and their 2015s are amongst the finest of their respective appellations. Domaine Garon’s Côte Rôtie Les Triotes 2015 is the single most memorable Côte Rôtie I have ever tasted, and Vincent Paris’ Granit 30 Cornas has such purity of fruit, minerality and finesse that it is completely underpriced!