Category Archives: france rhone north

Cheze P. Luminis Condrieu 2011

Louis Cheze, Pagus Luminis, AOC Condrieu, Northen Rhone, France, 2011 This wine: varietal viognier, fermented then aged in oak for 9 months, unfiltered, 13.5% abv, Weavers Wines, £38 (12/15) Consumer tasting note: an understated nose of peach and apricot, lightly … Continue reading

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Sorrel Cr. Hermitage Blanc 2013

Domaine Marc Sorrel, Crozes Hermitage, Tain l’Hermitage, Drome, France, 2013 This wine: (bottle identity Lot 1) a blend of 50:50 marsanne:roussanne, matured in old oak, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, £25.50 (01/17) Consumer tasting note: faulty … a subdued nose … Continue reading

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Jaboulet Thalabert Crozes 2010

Paul Jaboulet Aine, Domaine de Thalabert, AOC Crozes Hermitage, Drome, Northern Rhone, France, 2010 This wine: varietal syrah, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, BBR, £22 (06/14) Consumer tasting note: a strong complex nose of ripe black berries and fruits, spice, … Continue reading

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Cave de Tain Hermitage 2010

Cave de Tain (co-op), Grand Classique, AOP Hermitage, Drome, France, 2010 This wine: varietal syrah, natural cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer, €29.60 (2016) Consumer tasting note: a nose of oak, cedar and toast, then black berries, liquorice and dried berries; … Continue reading

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Dom. Semaska Cote Rotie 2003

Domaine Semaska, La Fleur de Montlys, AOC/AOP Cote Rotie, Rhone, France, 2003 This wine: limestone-clay soil, steep and south-facing, 90% syrah with viognier, fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel, then 30 months in new oak; natural cork closure – some cork side … Continue reading

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Bonnefond Cote Rotie 2008

Patrick et Christophe Bonnefond, Colline de Couzou, AOC/AOP Cote Rotie, Northern Rhone, France, 2008 Cote Rotie is a syrah-based wine, which can be varietal, though up to 20% viognier is permitted; but if used, it must be in a co-fermented blend. … Continue reading

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Chapoutier Chante-Alouette 2009

Maison Chapoutier, Chante-Alouette, AOC/AOP Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France, 2012 Marsanne – a tendency to flabbiness from modest acidity, but picking early can help; a variety excluded from the more southerly appellation of Chateauneuf-du-Papes’ approved varieties of clairette, grenache blanc, picpoul and … Continue reading

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