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Jamie Goode on Northern Rhone

Jamie Goode writes about 2 of Vine Trail wines in June 2012 –

Northern Rhône series 21, Martine Vandre Champ Morel Crozes Hermitage and series 23, Cornas from Guillaume Gilles


Martine Vandre Crozes Hermitage ‘Champ Morel’ 2009

This is a brilliantly focused Crozes Hermitage that offers personality at an affordable price – just the sort of wine I like.  It’s imported into the UK by vine Trail, a really interesting small agency house.

12.5% alcohol.  Fine, elegant, bright cherry and berry fruit nose with an attractive savoury, spicy dimension.  Subtly meaty.  The palate is fresh and vibrant with real elegance and nice meatiness.  Lovely purity ad focus here: a brilliant wine.  93/100 (£12.31 exc VAT).

Guillaume Gilles Cornas 2007

Oh yes.  I like this a lot.  When Cornas is good, it can be great.  This is a great example, from a young vigneron called Guillaume Gilles, and I believe that this 2007  Cornas was his first vintage.  Top notch.  Available in the UK from Vine Trail.

13% alcohol.  Sweet, brooding, ripe, meaty nose.  Quite elegant with some liqueur-like richness.  Authentic.  Brilliantly concentrated, expressive palate is meaty, spicy, vivid and mineral.  A rich, multidimensional wine that speaks of its vineyard origins.  95/100 (£20.45 Vine Trail).


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