The Rhone Valley is a richly diverse wine region. Segregated into North and South, the wines are quite different, the Northern Rhone wines dominated by the Syrah and Viognier grape varieties, producing the dark structured long lived reds of Cote Rotie and Hermitage. The wines further South, are much less monolithic, epitomised by Chateauneuf du Pape where up-to thirteen grape varieties are blended to create these great wines.
Michelas St-Jemms has produced wines of excellent quality consistantly over the last few years. With a good year in Rhone, such as 2015, on their side, fabulous things may be expected! This single vineyard wine is 100% Syrah, carrying rich blackberry, pepper and liquorice spice, with a touch of smokiness. Can be enjoyed now, but has the depth to develop over the next few years.
Packed with fresh fruit, fragrances of linden tree and white flowers, savours of citrus, and a liveliness with enough punch that when served as an aperitif, it will tantalize our taste-buds without drowning our thirst. The fragrances evolve after the first summer towards honey and acacia notes, accentuating the suppleness of the wine. Perfect with seafood and soft cheeses.
Now run by the 5th generation of this wine making family, Domaine Saint Laurent produces a range of delicious wines. This is a beautiful pale yellow colour, very inviting. The nose is complex with notes of tropical fruit, peach and pear with a hint of lemon. This would match perfectly with a light fish dish.
The estate has been in the same family since 1780 and they’re rightly proud off their traditionally produced wines. The grapes are picked by hand from 30 year old vines; the estate achieved organic certification in 2012.
Grape blend: Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 10%.
A powerful and well-constituted wine, deep ruby in colour with a purple tinge. It produces a complex nose of cinnamon, cooked fruits and Morello cherry. On the palate, additional notes of vanilla and peppery aromas.
It's a supple and rich wine with a long finish.
94 points (Robert Parker)
The vineyard is located between 300 and 350 metres of altitude in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail, this admirable mountain finely sculpted by erosion. It looks like majestic stonet lace. A real sculpture reaching a heigh of 755 metres. The soils are made of stony clay alluvium