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  • 81. Crozes-Hermitage Rouge AC 2015, Vieilles Vignes

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    Domaine du Murinais

    100% Syrah (13% alc.)

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    Luc Tardy took over the reins at this domaine in 1998 and is fashioning better wines every year. His Crozes is very supple and pure with lipsmacking liquorice, black cherries and a touch of spice on the palate, and the oak elevage marries really well with the weight of the wine. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 82. Crozes-Hermitage Blanc AC 2015 (out of stock)

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    Champ Morel

    80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne (13% alc.)

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    Martine Vandre’s white Crozes is made from classic mix of 25 year old marsanne and roussanne aged in two thirds cuve and one third oak (three to eight year old barrels). It offers hints of apricot, quince and mango on the nose, which follow through on the palate, where the controlling influence from limestone helps retain a freshness and dynamism. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 83. Crozes-Hermitage Rouge AC 2015

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    Champ Morel

    100% Syrah (13% alc.)

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    This excellent wine comes from 30 year old vines planted both in alluvial soil in Beaumont-Monteux and clay-limestone hillsides in Chanos-Curson. Mid-red, it offers a gorgeous nose of mulberries and black cherries enhanced by a well judged élevagein a mix of old foudres, five year old barrels and cuve. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 84. St-Péray AC 2015, Les Pins

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    Bernard Gripa

    80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne (13.5% alc.)

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    This comes from 40 year old vines in a limestone soil with granite base and is now aged 100% in oak, mainly in six and seven year old 600ltrs demi-muids. Peachy with a hint of acacia, it has a lovely purity. For drinking now to 2021+.

  • 85. St-Péray AC 2014, Les Figuiers

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    Bernard Gripa

    60% Roussanne, 40% Marsanne (13.5% alc.)

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    This is Gripa’s top St Péray made from vines averaging 60 years and aged 100% in new to five year old barrels and demi-muids. It has an extra dimension of richness, fine greengage and peach aromas, and retains the appellation’s characteristic freshness. For drinking now to 2023+.

  • 86. St-Joseph Blanc AC 2015

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    Bernard Gripa

    80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne (13.5% alc.)

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    Produced from 25 year old vines on hillside terraces between Mauves and Tournon, Fabrice’s St Joseph white is always a little richer than his St Péray, though he is very adept at ensuring that it remains fresh and balanced. For drinking now to 2021+.

  • 87. St-Joseph Rouge AC 2013

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    Bernard Gripa

    100% Syrah (13.5% alc.)

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    Aged in a mix of new to ten years old
    demi-muids and fûts, the 2011 is thoroughly
    ripe with a delicious black cherry fruit,
    liquorice, hint of black olive and real
    composure with fine-grained tannins and
    an irony relief on the palate. For drinking

    Aged in a mix of new to ten years old demi-muids and fûts, the 2013 is thoroughly ripe with a delicious black cherry fruit, liquorice, hint of black olive and real composure with fine-grained tannins and an irony relief on the palate. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 88. St-Joseph Blanc AC 2014, Les Oliviers

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    Pierre Gonon

    80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne (14% alc.)

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    Les Oliviers, just to the north of Mauves is an excellent vineyard for the production of rich whites. The soil here is ancient Rhône alluvium and some loess on a granitic bedrock. It is rich and opulent with apricot and quince fruit cosseted by an irony minerality possibly derived from granite, and the typical bitterness of marsanne and roussanne that helps to provide extra focus. For drinking now to 2023+.

  • 89. St-Joseph Rouge AC 2014

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    Pierre Gonon

    100% Syrah (13% alc.)

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    The Gonons destalked 20% in 2012 and
    trod the grapes down twice a day during
    the fermentation in open top wooden vats.
    They have produced a perfect example
    of northern Rhône syrah, with black fruits
    cut through with an irony grip from the
    granitic soil. 2012 is a most attrative vintage
    with purer and slightly denser fruit than
    2011, with an attractive reserve due to the
    impact of the old 60-100 year old vines
    from St Jean de Muzols. For drinking now
    to 2019.

    The Gonons destalked 25% in 2014 (quantities are lower than for some time with yields of just 30hh) and trod the grapes down twice a day during the fermentation in open top wooden vats. They have produced an excellent example of northern Rhône syrah, with black fruits cut through with an irony grip from the granitic soil. For drinking now to 2021. 

  • 90. Cornas AC 2012

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    Guillaume Gilles

    100% Syrah (13.5% alc.)

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    This is Guillaume’s top cuvée of Cornas from 33 year old vines planted on the steep exceptional hillside of Chaillot. Following Robert Michel’s path, the grapes were not destalked and the wine has been aged in two thirds 400 litre barrels and bottled without fining or filtration. A natural, very unforced elegance here with attractive rich, irony, blackcurrant fruit, touch of spice and hint of menthol, good substance and extremely long on the finish. For drinking now to 2026.

  • 91. Cornas AC 2006, La Geynale

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    Robert Michel

    100% Syrah (13% alc.)

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    Another northern Rhône classic from vines dating back to 1910, on a very sheltered southerly facing hillside of granite. This is Robert’s top cuvée and has the hallmark Cornas backbone, depth of fruit and staying power – the 1985 was drinking perfectly in February 2005! Limited quantity. For drinking now to 2025.

  • 92. Hermitage AC 2012, Les Greffieux-Bessards

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    Bernard Faurie

    100% Syrah (13.5% alc.)

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    Les Greffieux is a lieu-dit where the soils mix alluvial Rhône stones and decomposed granite from a granite base rock. Bessards, where the soil and subsoil are both granitic, provides structure and backbone. The vines average 80 years of age and produced a perfectly balanced wine in 2012 with great texture, raspberry and black fruit, iron, hint of black pepper and fine grained tannins. For drinking now to 2027.

  • 93. Hermitage AC 2009 Bessards-Méal

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    Bernard Faurie

    100% Syrah (14% alc.)

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    Bessard and Méal produce a richer, more long lived wine than the G-B above with denser fruit again which takes longer to unravel. You can taste gorgeous rich, black cherry and mulberry fruit, with a liquorice darkness with spice, graphite and pepper, all the time beautifully focused and balanced.  It completely coats the palate and the finish goes on and on - very complete, exceptional wine that merits a place in the cellar of any wine lover. For drinking now to 2030.

  • 94. Côte-Rôtie AC 2010, La Germine

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    David & Benjamin Duclaux

    95% Syrah, 5% Viognier (13% alc.)

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    The Duclaux brothers are pushing this domaine quickly through to the top of the Côte-Rôtie hierarchy. This has a lovely, clear mid-red colour extending right out to the rim. Nicely stamped by a stony, irony flavour reminiscent of the gneiss, 2010 is a most attractive, well-balanced wine with floral aromatics, and red fruits mingled with prunes and liquorice. It has opened out and is showing exactly why Côte-Rôtie is so highly prized.  For drinking now to 2020.

  • 97. Viognier Vin de France 2015, Les Galets

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    Christophe Blanc

    100% Viognier (13.5% alc.)

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    Christophe produces just 0.23h of viognier from young vines high up on the hillside on granitic soils in St-Michel-sur-Rhône. Very good value viognier, with typical notes of peach, pear skin, mineral touch and vigour on the finish. Limited quantity. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 98. Côte-Rôtie AC 2013, Les Triotes

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    Domaine Garon

    100% Syrah (13% alc.)

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    This comes from four lieu dits and 20 year old vines in the gneissose ‘terroir blond’ in the centre of the appellation just south of Ampuis. Aged for 21 months in new to 15 year old barrels and demi-muids. The nose offers black fruits, violets, olives and pepper, and the palate is then supple and elegant, with similar flavours and fine grained tannins. For drinking now to 2024.

  • 98. Condrieu AC 2015, Les Vallins

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    Christophe Blanc

    100% Viognier (13% alc.)

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    This has a lower alcohol level than most Condrieu – as the winery is just 50 metres from his vines, and he has such a small holding (just 0.33h), Christophe is able to pick the grapes at the precise ‘bon moment’ and retain an acidity which is so often lost in late harvesting. A well handled élevage helps the wine retain freshness and it seems that mica-rich soil gives this apricot and peach-rich viognier an added complexity. For drinking now to 2020+. 

  • 99. Condrieu AC 2015, Terroirs

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    Domaine François Merlin

    100% Viognier (13.7% alc.)

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    François planted his vines by selection massale in 1990 and has various small holdings on some of Condrieu’s finest terroirs. Aged in a mix of Stockinger 500 ltrs demi-muids and new to 6 year old barrels, this has real depth of apricot and pear fruit, with hints of verbena and floral notes, is clean and very well defined on the palate and long on the finish which is stamped by an attractive gôut de terroir. For drinking now to 2020+.

  • 99. Côte-Rôtie AC 2011, Les Rochins

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    Domaine Garon

    100% Syrah (12.5% alc.)

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    The vines here are planted in a superb site just north of Ampuis, on a steep south-facing hillside.  The topsoil (40-80cm deep) is quite rich, overlying blue and red schist imbued with iron oxide.  The wine has a bright, dark purple colour, the nose is a little compact and closed for the moment.  Upon aeration, floral notes appear, then blackcurrant and mulberry.  The palate is well-structured, rich, with fine density of ripe fruit, with good acidity and perfectly ripe tannins, and a little herbal touch on the long finish.  Just 2000 bottles of this top cuvée produced. For drinking now to 2030. 

  • 100. Condrieu AC 2015

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    Domaine André Perret

    100% Viognier (13.5% alc.)

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    This is made by one of the acknowledged masters of the appellation and comes from 20 year old vines (half from the famous Chéry slope). The unique soil, a sandy decomposed granite rich in quartz and mica, helps give the wine its ripe pear aromas, followed by exotic mango and apricot palate, with good tension and grip on the finish. For drinking now to 2020+.